Living with bliss – Part One

“What you think you become.” – the buddha

Over the past ten years yoga has had a profound effect on my life but what has changed my life has not been the quality of warrior two (though my hamstrings have certainly benefited) or whether or not I can hold a forearm balance for three minutes, but my ability to now look inside and find exactly what I need.

What does that even mean?

Every single answer to every single question lives inside of you. They’re not in a book. They’re not in a seminar.

They’re not from me.

Yoga teaches us how to listen to ourselves – to pause, to be present through our breath, and then to allow our truth to unfold.

When that truth unfolds, if you have the strength to listen to it, what you’ll find is joy.

That joy fits different people in different ways – for some it might mean getting up at 5:30 every morning to meditate and practice; for others it might mean taking an hour-long walk at sunset with your pup a few times a week. or you know that one “friend” who just drains the life out of you? It may be time to say goodbye. And that other one who inspires you to see the world, write every day, learn to cook? See that one a lot more often.

True happiness requires work. It requires consistency and inner and outer awareness. And we’re not talking about swinging-from-the-rafters kinda happy. We’re talking about true, sustainable joy that is not determined by what is going on around you but by your beautiful inner world.

We each have a responsibility to our inner joy, and to furthering our development as bright beings. join me every single week on the joy depot for a little bit of blissful living homework. I’ll be completing the homework as well and sharing my findings on my own blog, ananda: sanskrit for bliss.

This week (from now until next Friday) carve out some time to go on at least ONE hour long walk (the more the better). Bring your notebook your camera (if you have a cell phone camera just put it in airplane mode so you can’t be disturbed), and maybe a mug of tea. Spend the hour “discovering” and exploring a neighborhood nearby. Look for beauty in unexpected places. Journal what comes up. Honor what inspires you or what arises, don’t judge it.

Enjoy and I’ll see you back here next week.


Mary Beth LaRue

*Photo Credit:
Walks on the beach by n0nick, on Flickr

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About the JOY Coach

Mary Beth LaRue

Mary Beth LaRue is a Venice-based yoga instructor. She received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification from Flow Yoga Studio in Washington DC, her pre- and postnatal teaching certification from Inspired Yoga in Washington DC, and her 500-hour teaching certification from YogaWorks in Los Angeles. She teaches group classes at two local studios she absolutely adores, Yogis Anonymous and Studio Surya Yoga, and CrossFit gym Karma Crossfit. She also teaches yoga in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and mental health facilities in the Los Angeles area, and has developed classes held at the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles for teenagers, newborns, and their family members. Her classes have been featured in the Huffington Post and LA yoga. she is an ambassador for lululemon athletica, Manduka, Yogaearth, and Organic Oasis. She loves to spend her free time in used bookstores, hanging with her English bulldog rosy and riding her bike. Find her living blissfully at

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