Living with bliss – Part Two

To be completely honest this past week wasn’t the most balanced week I’ve ever had – running from place to place, hardly practicing yoga or working out, eating whenever I can fit it in rather than when I need to. Does that sound blissful to you? Not much.

One of the the tenets of yoga I try to practice most often with myself is ahimsa, which means to do no harm. This can be telling the nasty voice in your head that says you are off-track that you are okay, and just experiencing a bit of ebb and flow. It’s canceling your evening plans because what you really truly need is a slow, breath-centered yoga class. It’s asking for what you need, and moving from that space throughout your day.

So next week as I plan out my schedule, a few things are non-negotiable – I will practice yoga or run every single day, I will make myself a big ol’ salad for the road, I will lay off the caffeine and avoid sugar like no other.

Part of of the law of attraction is that once you really get it right, you are going attract a lot, and it is your responsibility to make sure that you have time for just YOU.

This week your assignment is to do LESS – every day schedule at least ONE hour, even if that means getting up much earlier, to sweat, the meditate, to soak in the bathtub with a cup of tea or a glass of red wine. Then take the time afterward to write for five minutes, and see what comes up with no distractions around you.

*Photo Credit:

Small Acrobats by dariuszka, 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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