Guys! I am so excited to introduce to you the first interview of my INSPIRED series. These posts will include a glimpse into the life of some rockin' yogis, health gurus, nutrition experts, or small business owners who are making their mark and inspire me in one way or another. By the end of each post, my goal is to help ignite a flicker of creativity within you that will keep you striving towards your own health and wellness goals.
Meet Mary Beth LaRue. Venice-based Yoga Instructor. Writer. Life Coach. Bliss-crafter.
Back when I was in college and becoming more curious about yoga, I ended up stumbling across a video and short write-up of Mary Beth featured on the Lululemon website. Though the inclusion of footage with her and her hilariously adorable English bully may be somewhat to blame, I ended up scrolling through her own blog and honestly haven't stopped since. Thankfully, she's rad enough to also have a ton of online yoga classes to choose from, so I can always get a dose of MB even though we live on opposite coasts.
With my recent plans to head to Venice, CA, I knew I had to make a point to meet this chick in person. And let me tell you-- she's just as amazing in real life. Down to earth and utterly humble despite all of her success in the yoga world, she has an unexplainable wave of positivity surrounding her that seems to carry on with you for the rest of your day.
Name: Mary Beth LaRue
Profession: Yoga Teacher and Coach; Co-Founder of Rock Your Bliss
How did you discover yoga? How did the practice inspire you to get where you are now? I originally discovered yoga in middle school when my mom's friend had a yoga book on her dining room table. I found it intriguing. I didn't dive into my practice until I was out of college. I'd experimented with yoga here and there but it wasn't until then that truly stuck. I loved the freedom and spaciousness the practice provided me with. The simplicity and creativity.
Define a ‘bliss-crafter.’ Someone who is AUTHENTICALLY themselves living an inspired life of their own creation.
Describe your morning routine. How do you set the tone for your day? My husband and I keep our phones out of our bedroom so we wake up to an old fashioned alarm clock. I try to stay away from technology for the first 30 minutes or so that I'm up. I make a coffee, tidy up the house, walk Rosy. If I have more time I'll roll out my mat on our back patio and play.
Name your top 3 restaurants to nosh at when you crave health and radiance: Cafe Gratitude, Greens Up, & Juice Served Here.
Favorite food indulgence? NACHOS. I consider myself a connoisseur.
How has your relationship to food transformed over the years? I eat for fuel. When I was younger I struggled with food issues and often restricted myself and felt guilty whenever I overindulged. My husband is very knowledgable in nutrition and has truly helped me love my body and eat for health and happiness. I adhere mostly to a paleo diet but still indulge in a cold beer and a slice of pizza every once in awhile.
One natural makeup/beauty product you can't live without? Rose Hip Seed Oil
What's your favorite way to sweat? CrossFit. I enjoy a sweaty yoga practice from time to time but really relish in a slow flow, ultra intentional and creative flow followed by a good dose of meditation!
What is your advice on how to create lasting goals and "Make Shift Happen?" Pick things that light you up. My relationship with goals has changed so much. Setting goals is just a part of my lifestyle now and I often don't even need to write them down. I know where I'm headed and I work dutifully to get there.
List your top 3 life-changing books: Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi, Loving What Is by Byron Katie, & Self Coaching 101 by Brooke Castillo.
Quote that you live by: Happiness Equals Reality Minus Expectations.
How do you cultivate your SATYA? By defining what Satya is for me moment to moment. Then acting upon that.
Want to learn more about MB? Visit her at http://www.marybethlarue.com