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Mary Beth LaRue  Co-Founder of @RockYourBliss Yoga Teacher + Writer + Mentor + Foster Mama Lover of coffee, books and hip hop Messy, soulful, wholehearted living

These powerful words from @eboneedavis. ⚡️

#practicenotes

Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.

#kurtvonnegut
#familyovereverything

I’ve been spending a lot of time in this space dreaming and scheming as of late. I’ve fallen back in love with my yoga practice and am doing a lot of “unlearning” to get back to the truest, most soulful expression of the practice. For me. But of course that will be the space I teach from.

This year is full to the brim with stuff I’m truly excited for. Lots of @rockyourbliss offerings at @kripalucenter, Sayulita, Denver, Austin, @birthfit summit and more / local LA events / @theclass Malibu retreat in March(!) with @jayceegossett / three @wanderlustfest festivals in WV (with @jackicarr and @rockyourbliss!), Denver and one more I can’t announce quite yet but will soon. Lots and lots of good shit.

This is the year of identifying the essential and letting go of the rest. Join me in that deep dive. Link in profile to explore. And two spots left on @rockyourbliss Mexico retreat. ✌🏼

#rockyourbliss
#wanderlustfestival

72 hours of bliss rocking, Baby A cuddling and future visioning. Oh and watching back to back episodes of @pen15show on @hulu.

(If you haven’t seen it watch immediately. Especially if you remember the days of AIM, Surge and good ol’ middle school humiliation. Thanks for the rec @glenniest.)

You’re the yang to my yin @jackicarr. Love you so much.

Los Angeles! Join @jackicarr and I for our @rockyourbliss Bliss Immersion workshop at @wanderlusthlwd TOMORROW. Join us for an afternoon immersion of radical life design, a sweaty yet soulful yoga practice (backed by beats by DJ @glenniest) and authentic, connected community.

We will ground into our values and talk embodiment. We will get clear on how we are currently showing up and how we want to.

We get one chance to live our lives so let’s design one that is full to the brim with intentionality, purpose and bliss.

This will likely be our last Rock Your Bliss workshop in LA for the foreseeable future so don’t miss it!

Link in profile to register. See you there.

#rockyourbliss
#makeshifthappen

Dear Human:
You've got it all wrong.

You didn't come here to master unconditional love. This is where you came from and where you'll return.

You came here to learn personal love.
Universal love.
Messy love.
Sweaty Love.
Crazy love.
Broken love.
Whole love.
Infused with divinity.
Lived through the grace of stumbling.
Demonstrated through the beauty of... messing up.
Often.

You didn't come here to be perfect, you already are.

You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous.

And rising again into remembering.

But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.

Love in truth doesn't need any adjectives.
It doesn't require modifiers.
It doesn't require the condition of perfection.

It only asks you to show up.
And do your best.
That you stay present and feel fully.
That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as you.

Its enough.

It's plenty.

- C. Walsh .

Happy Valentine’s Day to both my boys. And majorly to my husband, @matt_aporta, who has walked alongside me through many messy, many painful, many beautiful times, and sometimes carried me too, I love you so much. You are my mirror and I learn so much from our marriage. Sometimes the easy way, sometimes not so much. Some days we are a love epic and some days worthy of a reality TV show. 😂 Our love is ours and doesn’t belong to anyone else. Couldn’t do any of this without your support and your strength and your cooking. Foreva, eva. ♥️

#familyovereverything
#myfunnyvalentines

Several years ago I sat down with @jackicarr to work on my values. I had just gotten married and we were in the beginning of stages of what would come to be @rockyourbliss. As we went through a variety of tools I landed on a few.

Connection, creativity, gratitude and radiant health. And I’ll tell you what, those first three are still very much alive in me and in my life.

But radiant health didn’t belong. It’s what I saw on Instagram and Pinterest and modeled by some influencers outside Cafe Gratitude.

It was aspirational and at the time I was so far from that. I hadn’t yet been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I was still drinking and doing too much of that. Basically two Excederin and a green juice doesn’t equate to radiance. It gets you by.

Since that time I’ve made major shifts in my life, routine and diet. I don’t drink, I’m mostly gluten and dairy free (and when I’m not I pay for it but sometimes it feels worth it) and I meditate and sweat pretty regularly. And in a joyful, not “have to” kinda way. My friend and body image coach @bodyposimommy helped me get to this space.

I nourish my body and heart with people, places and things that feel like home. I now say “no” when something or someone isn’t right. Some days it’s a “hell no.”

I’ll be talking more about this as it’s such a big part of being human. And I’ll be speaking to the foods and practices that have worked for me. Pictured here is @drinko2recovery which I’m a huge fan of. It’s delicious and has 2.5 times the electrolytes of sports drinks and 7 times more oxygen than tap water. No sugar or artificial shit.

What nourishes you? What do you want to learn more about? .

#rockyourbliss
#mbtalkshealth

This morning I was rushing around. Rushing to make my coffee. To make Baby A breakfast. To feed the dog. To answer my text messages. You know the drill. Just rushing.

We got to daycare and I went to pull him out of his car seat and I just looked in his eyes. The deepest, brownest eyes and he gave me a huge smile with his eight teeth showing.

He just learned to walk so I put him down and we walked over to a park bench outside where we just sat. I left my phone in the car and watched him take in the sky and the other kids and the plants along the sidewalk. I told him I loved him about twenty times.

Then, after several minutes of just sitting together, we walked hand in hand down the hallway for the first time, him stumbling and me so proud.

It was ordinary but it wasn’t at all. This was the best part of my day. And probably because I was finally paying attention.

#practicenotes
#presenceoverperfection

Being here in the mountains just feels easy. Fresh air and friends who are family and the best damn morning coffee I could imagine.

Lately I’m really listening to life as it tells me which direction to go. More of this, less of that. More flow, more synchronicity. When I slow down I’m able to see what my friend Rand calls “God winks.” This morning three beautiful deer, my favorite animal, walked right up to the deck as I stood outside barefoot with my cup of coffee and took them in.

I feel connected. And it’s a choice. To feel connected to myself, to my best friend over coffee, to the sweetest deer as they approached the house, to those I understand and those I don’t. I see it when I believe it. And I’m trying that belief on every single hour.

#lesshustlemoreflow
#presenceoverperfection

This year already seems to be about the pause. Whether it’s an involuntary pause being laid out with sickness or court delays. Or the intentional pauses which I’m cultivating much more frequently as well. It’s so easy for me to get swept up in fear, in worry, in wild thoughts and story fondling. It seems so “real.” It seems like something that needs to be remedied or forced, right now, right away.

But I’m finding that for me the only thing that really matters, that really feels true is what is grounded in love. My teacher reminds me often to seek peace with a sense of urgency. Because what else really matters? Not the worries, not the to do list, not my or anyone else’s drama. Right now that peace is the sound of this little boy’s breathing and the sound of the rain. I will seek peace with a sense of urgency because it always, always leads me back home to myself. The real me, not the scared me, that I now truly love thirty five years in and am honored I get to be.

#motherhood
#presentoverperfect
#thisisfostercare
#presenceoverperfection

I’m beyond excited to announce Beats Meets Bliss, ninety minutes of slow flow, soulful yoga. This monthly experience will kick off Sunday, February 10 at 10:30 am at @roamlosangeles Frogtown location.

As most of you know it’s been several months since I’ve had a regular yoga offering here in LA. With the ups and downs of foster care I didn’t feel like I was in a space to be able to teach several times a week. I’ve learned so much in that time and dug deep into my own practice for support. (Truly learning why we do the yoga in the first place.)

I have designed what will be a collaboration / celebration of sweaty yet intentional yoga, music you will both move and breathe to (by my talented friend @glenniest) and an option to go deeper with tools and prompts for journaling and meditation. Nourishment for the soul on every level.

Link in profile to snag your spot. Cannot wait.

#beatsmeetsbliss
#rockyourbliss

For One Who Is Exhausted, a Blessing
By John O’Donohue.

(Thank you @onbeing and @mgernes for this absolute nourishment. Thought I’d leave it here in case you need it too.)

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.

The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.

The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.

You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken in the race of days.

At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

#thepractice
#onbeing

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