PraiseMoves is an inspirational health and fitness class founded by Laurette Willis in America. It incorporates Bible meditation with stretching and strengthening postures. PraiseMoves strives to balance flexibility, strength, endurance and relaxation, while spiritually “focusing on things above.” PraiseMoves includes gentle breathing, enhancing relaxation and flexibility. Muscles are stretched and strengthened through their full range of movement, increasing the body’s ability to operate as one functional unit. Circulation improves, helping nourish all body parts, and removing built up toxins. Internal organs, muscles, nerves, bones and joints all seem to benefit from stretching, an integral part of PraiseMoves.
Each posture has a name and a corresponding Bible verse. The practitioner meditates on the Bible with exercise, which brings a deep inner peace and healing of the spirit. The class begins with a low impact warm-up called Walking Wisdom Warm-ups, follow by a series of standing and floor postures. There are over 150 postures and more added each year, so there is no time to get bored!
In addition, there are over 120 Scripture Sequences. These are longer scriptures and prayers to which a number of postures have been connected to produce a flow-through movement. Each class includes one or more Scripture Sequence flow-throughs. The class ends with a session of rest, relaxation, and meditation on the Bible.
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20). PraiseMoves Foundation Scripture.