In a 30-year Hatha yoga practice, Rebecca Dennis has developed the unique Laughing Bodies method based on extensive studies of Ashtanga, Iyengar Jivamukti, Integral and Bhakti yoga. Her joyful, non-dogmatic approach is a result of over 17 years of teaching in New York City, Tennessee, and California. She has traveled to India to study with Sri K. Pattbhi Jois and practices meditation under the guidance of her beloved guru Jivanmukta Swami Ganapati.
She was among the first students of David Life and Sharon Gannon (teachers of Sting) at Jivamukti Yoga Studio in New York City and served as personal assistant to Beryl Bender Birch (author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga) who introduced Ashtanga yoga to the athletic community. Later she studied with renowned teacher trainer Mary Paffard and completed her 750 hour Faraway Program Teacher Training.She is registered as an instructor with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500).
Starting in New York, her teaching experience spans yoga studios (Life in Motion), health clubs (Reebok Sports Club), and hospitals (Beth Israel Medical Center). She also designed programs for corporate stress reduction for clients including the New York Times and Gillette Corporation. She moved to Tennessee in 2001, where she founded Laughing Bodies Yoga and Pilates. She was voted the area's Number One yoga teacher seven years in a row. Since then, she has offered trainings for established teachers and led over 14 retreats in the US and Central America. She brought her practice to the San Diego area in 2011, where she has added courses designed specifically for actors, musicians, and dancers.
Rebecca's practice is informed by a parallel career in the performing arts. She attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has starred in a children's TV show, toured with regional theater companies, and appeared in numerous cabaret shows. She lives in Escondido with her beloved son, Sammy.