Two weeks ago we featured one half of the amazing Rock Your Bliss duo, and today we want to introduce you to the other half. This weeks Femme Feature is the inspiring Iowa native Mary Beth Larue! She is a yoga teacher, writer, life design coach and foster mama living in Silver Lake, LA with her hubby, son and english bulldog Rosy. She launched Rock Your Bliss with her best friend Jacki Carr. She is a lover of books, matcha lattes, the mountains and the ocean, hip hop and a zillion other things. Whether it’s through a sweaty yoga practice, a gratitude meditation, or a conversation over coffee about life goals, her mission is to lead people toward their bliss. Sustainable, fulfilling bliss.
During her journey of teaching yoga for over a decade, she has traveled the world teaching professional cyclists and even designed custom yoga programs for rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters and the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles. She has taught classes of thousands of people at several Wanderlust Festivals, graced the cover of Yoga Journal, created a mentorship program for yoga teachers and got certified in life coaching from Martha Beck. She has also spoken about her family’s foster adoption journey for HBO and written about it for Yoga Journal.
We dove a bit deeper and asked this powerhouse a few of our favourite questions.
Tell us about Rock Your Bliss, your podcast and the amazing retreats you run!
My BFF Jacki Carr (@jackicarr) and I started Rock Your Bliss almost six years ago. We combined forces - coaching and yoga - to offer experiences where women got real, got vulnerable and experienced belonging. We offer retreats, workshops, online programs and a podcast.
We offer retreats in three locations - California, Colorado and Sayulita, Mexico. Because these are our very favorite places. I love offering retreats because you see a group completely transform over just a few days. We always include sweaty, soulful yoga practices, coaching on values and embodiment as well as intentions and goals and excursions around the area. Our retreats are unique because they aren't just a yoga retreat or just a coaching retreat but a fully immersive experience of rocking your bliss.
What was the most terrifying moment in becoming a foster mom? What is the biggest lesson your beautiful son has taught you so far?
Becoming a foster mom was scary because we knew we wanted to adopt through foster care and it's not a guaranteed or clear cut path. I've always found adoption to be really beautiful and something I saw myself doing. Adopting from foster care felt extremely impactful and on "purpose" in our community. There are 450,000 kids in foster care in the United States and 32,000 here in Los Angeles. Our son has taught us how to live and love in the face of uncertainty and that we are all in relationship with uncertainty. To value every single moment as it comes.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Paying attention to daily life.
What is YOUR favourite podcast?
Tara Brach and OnBeing.. and RYB of course!
If you could pick any era to live in what would it be and why?
I’d say the 80s. I was born in 83 and would love to experience 85-95 as a teenager / young adult.
What is your favourite quote?
“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don't have to like it... it's just easier if you do.”
- Byron Katie
You can follow Mary Beth's heart felt and bliss filled offerings and reflections on Instagram at @marybethlarue
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