Polly Liontis

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8 Alternatives to Cremation – Eco-Friendly Ways to Dispose of our bodies after we’re gone

I know this is a topic many people avoid, but it’s important to me, so I did some research to find a meaningful and mindful way of disposing of my body when I shed this physical body. I would love it if you would read this article I had published[…]

Buddha’s Lesson on Hair Dye

Dear Friends, I am so excited! I just published my first article on Elephant Journal. I have a favor to ask of you – would you read it, heart it if you like, and share it with your friends? https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/11/the-yoga-teachers-weird-question-to-dye-or-not-to-dye/ I would be so grateful! Love to all! Polly

CHANGING YOU, UNCHANGING YOU?

I had the great privilege of studying with Sensei Wataru Ohashi (the founder of the Ohashiatsu Institute and Method of Shiatsu) from 1997 – 2005, and he was one of the most influential people in my life, and one of my greatest mentors. One day in class he shared a[…]

GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT & AN OPEN BODY?

A LESSON ON GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT! Swami Rama once said that the body will only open up as much as the mind will open up.  Interesting thought. Yes, our attachment, even to our thoughts, can translate into rigidity in the body. There’s even some data to suggest that one of[…]

SERIOUSLY, WHAT CAN YOU LET GO OF?

There is a practice in the yoga tradition of waking up each morning and asking ourselves, “What can I die to today?” So what does that mean? It means, what can I release, what can I detach from, what can I let go of in my life, whether that be[…]

WAITING TOO LONG TO GO WITH THE FLOW?

    Most of my life I have waited much too long to make the necessary changes that would have made my life better in a timely fashion. Too long I’ve not heeded the following piece of wisdom from the Taoist philosophers. There is a Chinese proverb – “Fish cannot[…]

A SPIRITUAL BURRITO, EDITING ONE EMOTION, AND WHAT ON EARTH IS “WHOLENESS”?

I love burritos. Everything you want in the meal in one complete package.   And it just wouldn’t be the same if you left out the Guacamole, or the Salsa, or the Black Beans, or the Carnitas, or the fresh Lettuce and diced Veggies, or the Mozzarella Cheese. If you[…]

WE ALL WANT IT!

We all want it. We all run towards it. We all run away from it. We all need it to flourish. What is it? Connection. It is one of the teachings central to the yoga philosophy – we are all connected. We literally breathe each other’s breath. Whether we realize[…]

WHAT’S IN A WORD?

At the beginning of 2016 one of my mentors encouraged me to choose one word for the year, one word to guide me along the path, one word as a beacon to light the way. True to form, I struggled with overcomplicating the task at hand and with my ever-present[…]

SO WHY IS THE BUDDHA LAUGHING?

People ask me if Spirituality needs to be so serious. Are you kidding me? The Buddha was known for his joy, his laughter, his smile, and his big Buddha belly (which in the culture at the time was a symbol of abundance on all levels and especially generosity of Spirit!!!).[…]