Mary Beth LaRue and Jacki Carr are bringing their awesome energy to Pittsburgh to show us how to rock our bliss

By Rachel Jones
Photography: Armin Razmy

Take a handful of the powerful self-awareness you get from yoga, mix in a focus on accomplishing personal goals, and you have the recipe to rock your bliss! Launched by best friends Mary Beth LaRue and Jacki Carr, the art of “blisscrafting” is key to their Rock Your Bliss movement, which helps others live their best lives through the power of yoga, coaching, and community. Inspired by their blogs, Suzanne Nagel and Dominique Ponko of Yoga Flow invited the positive pair to host a Rock Your Bliss event in Pittsburgh. “We want to inspire Pittsburghers to live their fullest lives,” Nagel says. “We also want to spread the joy of yoga and how the practice can change your life. Anyone at any age can do yoga and use yoga to empower themselves.”

Held September 28 at the Rodef Shalom Congregation, the workshop invites bliss-seekers — yogis or not! — to join Yoga Flow, South Hills Power Yoga, Stray Dog Yoga, Agnistoka Yoga, and Rock Your Bliss on an exploration of their values, authentic voices, and goals. With a playful environment and instant community connection, Nagel says to expect truth telling, yoga love, high fives, cold-pressed juice (aka vino!), and lots of laughs.

With a mantra of “More wine, less whine,” the Rock Your Bliss besties bring a lighthearted humor and convivial vibe to their events that make them accessible to any kind of bliss seeker. “We cannot wait to rock the bliss in Pittsburgh,” Carr says. “Blisscrafting is possible on and off the yoga mat. It’s about self-worth and how we choose to show up in our communities and for the world. Mary Beth and I live and love this work. It’s going to be incredible to come together in what we will now call a ‘Blissburgh’ movement!”

The details:


Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. rodefshalom.org.
Rock Your Bliss, rockyourblissmovement.com.
Yoga Flow, yogaflowpittsburgh.com.
South Hills Power Yoga, southhillspoweryoga.com.
Stray Dog Yoga, straydogyogastudio.com.
Agnistoka Yoga, agnistokayoga.com.

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