Breathe, Move, Thrive

So much peace in movement, and feeling the body, in breathing and noticing subtle shifts.

1st Chakra: Muladhara ~ Root • Survival • Tribal Power • The Right to Have, To Be • Earth

It’s been a while since I posted first chakra quotes.

“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” ~ Irish proverb

“Our cities with their swollen populations and cliff dwelling high-rise buildings are breeding places for loneliness . . . In a world of wheels, old and comfortable groupings of people have disappeared.” ~ Allan Fromme (If those wheels are bicycle wheels, this quote might be vey different).

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody.” ~ Mother Theresa

“’Should’ is a bad place to live, but boy, do we set up a lot of tents there.” ~ Saul Bass

“One has just to be oneself . . . The moment you accept yourself as you are, all burdens, all mountainous burdens simply disappear. Then life is a sheer joy, a festival of lights.” ~ Bhagforest (c) Holly Troywan Shree Rajneesh

“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.” ~ Rumi

“The important thing is to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” ~ Charles Dubois

“You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.” ~ Anais Nin

“Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.” ~ Anais Nin

“Our entire biological system, the brain and the Earth itself, work on the same frequencies.” – Nikola Tesla

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

riding the changes

This summer has been a wild journey. I’m exhausted – but mostly in a good way.

Helianthus annuus mark the peak and the ending of summer.

Helianthus annuus mark the peak and the ending of summer.

I’m assessing my life, love, career, home, and the next moves forward. I guess it’s natural this time of year. Life feels like it’s reflecting the season in transition. In Flagstaff the days are perfect right now, but they are getting shorter. The lobster mushrooms were bursting from beneath pine needles and stones on the sides of the trails I was riding this afternoon. (I ate some sauteed in butter today – delicious!) Fall is coming.

This week, High Mesa Yoga starts up. Tuesday and Thursday evenings are going to be full-on with yogic energy. I’m preparing the space. Smudging. Bringing in more good vibes. It’s a shift from using all available light to ride up the mountain. Turning-inward energy.

While going through my things, I found this poem. I wrote it in 2005 while living in New York City. I made a couple of edits. It’s a play off of a poem by John Ashbury.

Ride

He smelled good to me, so I wanted to taste,
put him in my mouth,
while light softly glowed through green curtains
then, his moss eyes. He didn’t know what I was thinking.
It was Sunday, so time was short.
Soon I would be thinking about Monday
and my lousy job.

I played lotto and lost again.
If I had money, I’d own my own parking spot,
a driveway. I didn’t think I could be so selfish
but I really like space.

I could just leave the city and look at the sky.
I could ride a red bicycle with recycled
plastic ribbons on the handlebars
and not think of people as I watch
treetops and clouds cutting through blue.

If I turned up at your door with a long
but true story
would you invite me in —
or would you notice I’d lost my childhood fat,
like our friendship, and block the threshold
thinking you know all about
my skin and bones?

© 2005

I have my bike today, and a place to park it!

Born on a Thursday #60 ~ Taking the Plunge

High Mesa Yoga at Pine Cliff

Currently, I teach on Thursday mornings at Truly Fit in Flagstaff, and I am loving it.

snowbowl sunset (c) 2014 Holly TroyAfter much thought, discussion, and encouragement from friends, I’m taking the plunge and expanding my classes. Autumn is coming and many of us (myself included) tend to get back to work (or start working more), go back to school and/or bring our children to and from school, and get busy preparing for fall and winter holidays. As we settle into our new schedules we may find ourselves needing to make time to decompress – that’s where yoga comes in.

I have access to a great space just waiting to be utilized. Now is the time to get things rolling!

I love Flagstaff and wanted a way to honor where I live, so I am calling the space High Mesa Yoga.

Beginning on August 26th (the day after the New Moon in Virgo), classes will begin.

Sunset on the Mesa (c) Holly TroyHigh Mesa Yoga @ Pine Cliff
call or email for directions:
928-380-3019 or sacredfolly@gmail.com
Cost per class: $8.00

Tuesdays (beginning August 26th)
5:15 to 6:30 pm High Mesa Hatha
7:00 to 8:15 pm Peak Tranquility

Thursdays (beginning August 28th)
5:30 to 6:45 pm High Mesa Hatha
7:00 to 8:15 pm Peak Tranquility

Class description

In both classes, students will build flexibility, agility, and strength while increasing mental, physical, and emotional peacefulness. 

High Mesa Hatha: Gentle yet challenging yoga based on the classical styles of Sivananda, Kripalu and Jivamukti yoga. Breathwork (pranayama), vinyasa (flow), asana (postures), meditation and relaxation are key. Release stress and build calm energy.

Peak Tranquility: Wind down with yoga nidra (“yogic sleep” or conscious deep sleep), guided imagery, and intuitive asana to deepen your sense of body/mind awareness and relaxation. Prepare to be refreshed.

What to expect

I am an experienced yoga instructor who offers:
– a safe, non-competitive, supportive, and fun atmosphere;
– small classes (10 to 12 students);
– individual attention and adaptation to personal needs;
– focus on the breath, movement originating from the core, visualization meditation, relaxation; and,
– an open space for suggestions and Q and A.

I have a few extra yoga mats, some blocks and a couple of blankets. Students please bring your own mats and props if possible.

The room is a lovely open space with great floors. A blank canvas really! And, of course, there is access to a bathroom. I will try to post pictures soon. In the meantime, below is a video of me from last winter’s Writing the Energetic Body workshop doing Half Spinal Twist in the newly finished room. Very spare – just me, a mat, and a scarf.

Om shanti.

Thanks for reading!

Have a fantastic week.

Holly

Halcyon Days of Summer

This summer has been more amazing than I ever could have imagined. So much play and being in the moment; mountain biking almost daily, and gaining enough stamina and skill and fitness that I may actually be considering myself an athlete; enjoying nature – celebrating the monsoons and the beautiful flowers they bring, breathing deeply of fresh mountain air, noticing the subtle shifts in temperature and smells as summer moves closer to fall; sunshine; and exploring friendships with a sense of lightness and wonder.

So what next? At the beginning of June I began teaching yoga at Truly Fit, and am Summer Flowers in Flagstaff (c) Holly Troy 2014really loving teaching. I will be starting up small classes on my own in the next couple of weeks. I’ve put a lot of thought into this and am very excited. I’ll be teaching Hatha Yoga focusing on the breath, the core, creative visualization meditation, and relaxation. Stay tuned!

I am also continuing to explore the tarot, reiki, painting, writing – and the mind/body connection of them all.

Halcyon days of summer are filling my creative well! I have so much gratitude for this playful time. My intention is to carry over that playfulness through the long nights of winter.

Is it possible to stock up on happiness? (I know – play, creativity and creative action, meditation, cycling, yoga, mindfulness, and friends – regularly – really keep happiness flowing).

* * * * *

I updated my yoga bio for Truly Fit.

The goal of yoga is the attainment of self-awareness through physical movement, breathing, and meditation. As practitioners increase levels of presence and mindfulness, levels of stress and problems like chronic pain can be reduced. Taking the time to slow down and learning how to be present and notice the body throughout the day can vastly improve health over time. With rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rising, learning self-care and awareness through yoga and meditation is pro-active and sustainable.

I was first introduced to yoga as therapy for an injury when I was 18 and have been practicing ever since. I fell in love with the benefits of yoga and became certified as an instructor in 1996. Since then, I have deepened my investigation of the body’s subtle energies: I am also a reiki practitioner; have created several visualization meditations; and have developed workshops involving yoga, meditation, the mind/body connection and creativity—all of which have deepened my understanding of integrative health, relational physiology, and body awareness . . .

To see the rest, click here.

who are you voting for?

I met Judge Grodman a few months ago, and I really liked him and what he had to say. He seems like a fair person, and someone who cares about people. I really liked that he aims to keep people out of jail if at all possible. We talked for a bit one-on-one, and I wanted to write something about our talk. Alas, I have been incredibly busy and have not had the chance to write.

Primary elections are happening in Coconino County this month. I will vote to re-elect Judge Grodman.

Judge Grodman shared the “5 important points in a nutshell” below (italics are my comments):

Flagstaff Flowers!

Flagstaff Flowers!

–  His court helps keep the mentally ill treated rather than jailed, as Howard started a very successful mental health court in JP court.

This is extremely important, as many mentally ill people end up falling through the cracks not only of the judicial system, but through our society. If people are treated for their issues – then we have a healthier society in general. It makes sense to keep people out of jail, especially if they don’t belong there in the first place.

–  Howard initiated holding Flagstaff Justice Court in Tuba City and Leupp, thus reconnecting people with the court and quashing warrants.

Again, by holding court in Tuba City and Leupp, Judge Grodman keeps more people out of jail – bottom line: folks who are afraid to leave the rez or who don’t have the means to leave the rez to go to court now have a judge that will work with them – they can get on with their lives, and, may avoid jail time. For taxpayers: money saved.

–  With an attorney-judge, felony cases don’t stall at taxpayer expense; a non-attorney cannot (by law) accept felony guilty pleas and often the accompanying agreed upon release from jail.

This saves time and money, as there is less jail-time awaiting trials.

–  Howard is an attorney with 26 years full time law and court room experience.  He has respectfully represented a wide range of people and entities as a public defender, assistant attorney general, and attorney in private practice, and has a fair and respectful judicial demeanor with those who appear in his courtroom.

He’s seen a lot!

–  His court is one of the busiest in the state.  His opponent is not an attorney, though he is a pro tem* (or substitute judge for a few courts)

 

More details about Judge Grodman are found at facebook.com/judgehowardgrodman.
He can also be directly contacted at judgegrodman@gmail.com

*dictionary.law.com/

pro tem

1) adj. short for the Latin pro tempore, temporarily or for the time being. In law, judge pro tem normally refers to a judge who is sitting temporarily for another judge or to an attorney who has been appointed to serve as a judge as a substitute for a regular judge. When an appeals justice is not available or there is a vacancy, a lower court judge is appointed Justice Pro Tem until a new Justice is appointed. Small claims cases are often heard by an attorney serving as Judge Pro Tem. 2) n. short for a temporary judge as “Sam Collins is Pro Tem today.”

Yoga Ripples in the World

blue flower faces (c) 2014 Holly TroyWhat a gift! I just saw this post from Onieka’s Yoga Life, and I got goosebumps. Onieka Mays just started teaching yoga at Riker’s Island though Liberation Prison Yoga and the Prison Yoga Project.

An excerpt from Onieka’s blog about her work with the Prison Yoga Project:

. . . Today I met the students. Some were excited to show me a few asanas. Others were thrilled that they would be coming to class. The women were friendly, kind and chatty. A lot of these women are awaiting trial and couldn’t make bail and that’s why they are there. Without much at all to do many seize the opportunity to participate in the programs that are offered. Liberation Prison Yoga incorporates writing, yoga and meditation . . . 

I’m headed to meet Anneke Lucas, founder of Liberation Prison Yoga. I’ll be teaching students here at the Rose M. Singer dorm twice monthly.

Here’s a bit more about Anneke and LPY: 

Liberation Prison Yoga grew out of the need for an organized way to support yoga instructors interested in serving in prisons and jails in New York. Anneke Lucas started creating programs in different facilities in 2011, bringing along many teachers, social workers and psychologists, training them to use a trauma-sensitive approach while sharing their preferred yoga style. Anneke developed yoga programs according to the different needs in different settings, including discussion and free-flow writing in certain classes, and runs groups with sex-trafficked women at Riker’s Island.

 

“We have to be committed to rehabilitation if we are going to be an evolved society, a mature society, a just society. Correctional facilities should be correctional – not just because it’s healthy for the people who are incarcerated, but it’s healthy for all of us.” ~Bryan Stevenson, Grady Bankhead’s Lawyer/Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Check out Onieka’s blog to read the whole piece.

Namaste~

 

yoga roots and asana

I’ve been thinking about my yoga roots lately, and came across this video of variations on the twelve basic asanas sequence through the Sivananda school of yoga. It looks like this was filmed at the ashram in Grass Valley, California.

Some of these variations are very advanced. I’m inspired!

Om shanti, shanti om.

sun burst (c) holly troy 2014