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After spending a day with this month’s cover model, vinyasa teacher Mary Beth LaRue, I learned she’s one of those instructors who emanate positivity and inspiration, someone you just want to practice with in the hopes that some of her vibrant energy will rub off. See what I mean here and by trying her creativity-enhancing sequence. For more, sign up now for her upcoming Yoga for Creativity online course.
Carin Gorrell: How did you first discover yoga, and what kept you coming back?
Mary beth Larue: I’d always been curious about it, but had a few less-than-stellar experiences. After moving to DC to work at a travel magazine, I found that sitting at a desk was taking its toll on me physically and mentally. I wandered into a little studio on U Street, where we moved organically and listened to Bob Marley, and I felt at home in myself again. After that, I knew I’d never stop practicing.
CG: How would your students describe your teaching style?
MBL: I hope they’d say it’s a breath-centered, soulful yoga class. With great music.
CG: You’re also a life coach. What’s your mission and approach?
MBL: I founded Rock Your Bliss, a yoga-inspired coaching company, with my best friend Jacki Carr. We lead yoga retreats, workshops, and online programs, and our mission is to “make shift happen.” We empower women to lead lives of their design through our chakra-based methodology, which involves rooting in your values, designing from your center, and trusting in the outcome.
CG: What advice do you give that you wish you were better at following yourself?
MBL: Keep your word, to yourself and to others. But most importantly to yourself. We create our reality through our language, inwardly and outwardly.
CG: You’re launching an online course with Yoga Journal on yoga for creativity this June. How is yoga especially helpful in sparking creativity?
MBL: Part of the reason I fell in love with teaching yoga was its creative aspect. What you design on your mat is impermanent, almost like a sand castle. Yogis can infuse intention into all aspects of our practice so it becomes a source of artistic expression, from the postures we pick to the music we play to the philosophy we weave in.
CG: What’s your favorite pose?
MBL: In the past year, it’s been Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose), with two blocks stacked under my tailbone. I just feel so good after holding this pose for a few minutes.
CG: Do you have a mantra or words of wisdom you live by?
MBL: “Happiness equals reality minus expectations.” It reminds me to broaden my perspective and to take in all there is to be grateful for and happy about.
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