Fall Schedule 2014 – Yoga, Writing, Tarot

I’ve been working at my bread-n-butter job a lot, so, my schedule is tightening up a bit. Please see below for changes and additions to my class offerings and schedule.

Yoga

Monday
Hatha Yoga
Truly Fit
6:35 PM to 7:35 PM (beginning in October)

goddess - photo by holly troyTuesday
High Mesa Hatha
High Mesa Yoga
5:30 to 6:45 pm

Every Second and Fourth Tuesday
Peak Tranquility
High Mesa Yoga
7:00 to 8:15 PM
September 23rd
October 14
October 28
November 11
November 25
December 9

Thursday
Gentle Yoga
Truly Fit
8:05 to 9:10 AM

Every Third Saturday
Core Focused Hatha
Truly Fit
9:10 to 10:05 AM
October 18
November 15
December 20

Online Course
Writing the Energetic Body ~ Begins October 23, 2014
Place, Somatics, and Self-Discovery – 21 Days of Writing Past the Mind and Into the Chakras
New Moon in Scorpio, Lunar Samhain, Scorpio Sun Rising

This is the time of year when the veil between the worlds is thinnest, when we can make deep connection with unseen the world, where we can plant seeds and intentions that will grow deep roots throughout the darkness of winter. This is a potent time for high magic and a perfect time to release your highest vision to the Universe.

kali ma (c) holly troyWe will begin this session of Writing the Energetic Body with an intention-setting ritual that will touch on each of the seven major chakras and their influence in our lives. We will stimulate the imagination and expand our perception for our best life in terms of each chakra, grounding it at the Root, stabilizing Scorpio energy into the Earth, and using that energy to sustain us as we rise up through the body and the chakras to the Crown and the atmosphere around us. We prepare to fully embrace the season of autumn, finding the balance between the necessity of letting go of what needs to leave and making space for what wants to enter, what will sustain us in the dark months ahead, and what we want to nurture and encourage to break through the frozen surface once spring arrives.

Get ready to explore possibility, make (re)discoveries, release inhibition, and develop a writing practice.

Writing the Energetic Body uses the seven major chakras of the Hindu Chakra system as the “backbone” for self-exploration through writing. We will explore each chakra for three days, resulting in 21 days of writing.

You get writing prompts, feedback, and videos from me everyday. Here is a crown chakra opening video from my last course:

Writing the Energetic Body. New Moon. Scorpio Rises, Lunar Samhain. Cost is 89.00 for the three-week online course. Early-bird registration, before October 4th, is 80.00. Register here or contact me at sacredfolly@gmail.com.

Tarot
Intuitive card readings in-person or through Skype.
Available all season.
$35.00
Contact me at sacredfolly@gmail.com to make an appointment.

If you would like to receive updates to any changes or upcoming events, contact me at sacredfolly.com to be added to my mailing list.

Looking forward to seeing you in the coming months!

 

High Mesa Yoga – Tweaks to the Schedule

Since I’ve posted this, there have been more changes to the High Mesa Yoga Schedule. My day-to-day job hours have expanded, and I need to find balance between my work and personal life. (September 22, 2014)

Thanks everyone for being understanding. Om shanti.

There are a few tweaks to the High Mesa Yoga Schedule. Tuesday evening classes will begin at 5:30 rather than 5:15 and Thursday evening classes will now begin t 5:45. Peak Tranquility will only be held on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM.

Thanks Everyone! Om Shanti~

holyhand (c) Holly Troy

Tuesdays
5:30 to 6:45 pm High Mesa Hatha
7:00 to 8:15 pm Peak Tranquility – Every second and fourth Tuesday.

Thursdays 
5:45 to 7:00 pm High Mesa Hatha 

I’ve got to keep my Thursday evenings open for now. 

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 (7 to 9 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.

High Mesa Yoga @ Pine Cliff (located near Flagstaff Medical Center)
1040 North Pinecliff Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

call or email for directions:
928-380-3019 or sacredfolly@gmail.com
Cost per class: $8.00

Flying, Riding, Shining

Manipura is solar energy – located in the solar plexus. Summer is the time to absorb that energy. There is still time left! Get outside! Move your body! Declare your passions!

I’ve been rocking out this summer, flying around huge hills and single track on an amazing mountain bike, having fun with beautiful souls, and soaking up the sun. I’ve made the conscious decision to be really active during the summer, filling up my joy and creativity batteries. Winter is the time to write and paint and do yoga and enjoy the wood stove. Oh yeah, and snow bike (fat tires), and cross country ski (I will try it this year), and find ways to stay warm and snuggle.

2nd Place - First Race (c) Holly Troy

I never dreamed I would race, let alone place!

Riding has helped me to build my self-confidence more than any thing I have ever done in my life. It’s so much fun! I never thought I’d race, but I did about a month ago – and for my category – I won 2nd place!! Whoa. And one race expanded my riding skills hugely. (When I was a performer, every performance was like having 10 rehearsals. Racing is a similar experience).

I started riding seriously about 4 months ago. I’m 43 years old. I believe I adjusted to riding so quickly because of my yoga practice, and because I have been riding a cruiser town bike as my main transportation since 2009. This is beyond cruiser riding though, there is work, and breathing – so much breathwork – and my coach/companion has talked me through breathing – slowing it down, slowing the heart rate down as I am climbing 2500 feet up a mountain. Breathing into the belly. Breathing through fear.

I have loved cycling since I was a child. It was my way to be free. Cycling will be a big part of my life for the rest of my life. I am sure of it!

What do you love to do? Are you doing it?

3rd Chakra: Manipura ~ Lustrous gem • Will • Personal Power • The Right to Act • Fire

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” ― Paulo Coelho

“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.” ―Frank Zappa

One of the beautiful views I get to see for riding up the mountain!

One of the beautiful views I get to see for riding up the mountain!

“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” ― Jon Krakauer

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ― George Bernard Shaw

“Resist much, obey little.”
― Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
― Maya Angelou

“The sun shines not on us, but in us.” ~John Muir

“Creativity ignited a spark. In that moment, I saw that art is not peripheral, beauty is not optional, but a strategy for survival.” – Terry Tempest Williams 

“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” — Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

“The only way to deal with an un-free world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is
an act of rebellion.” — Albert Camus (1913-1960)

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats

“If we don’t change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” —Reuben Snake (1937-1993), Winnebago Medicine Man


sun energy bursting (c) Holly Troy“When I am dancing, it feels like my prayer. Its’s like an offering. I offer my head back to the dance, I offer my shoulders back to the dance, my elbows, my hands, my spine, my knees, my feet, my whole self, my bones, my blood, my experience, my suffering… I offer it all back to the dance and I say: Take it, do whatever you want with me. Release me.” ~ Gabrielle Roth

“There’s always some further action to take.”  ~ Pierre Boulle

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~ Alice Walker

“All of our suffering in life is from saying we want one thing and doing another.” – Debbie Ford

“Good things happen to those who hustle.” ~ Anais Nin

“Without personal power, life is a frightening and painful experience.” ~ Caroline Myss

Relate, Desire, Taste Life

Chakra 2: Svadhistana ~ Sweetness • Desire • Power of Relationships • The Right to Feel • Water • Mantra: Yam

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.” ― Jim Morrison

“What do you desire?” ~ Alan Watts

“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.” ~ Yann Martel

“You swam in a river of chance and coincidence. You clung to the happiest accidents—the rest you let float by.”  ~ David Wroblewski

summer flowers in flagstaff (c) Holly TroyWe are each of us angels with only one wing.
And we can only fly embracing one another. ~ Lucianao De Crescenzo

“In a social environment that is ever crowded and impersonal, it is becoming increasingly important to reconsider the value of close personal relationships before we are driven to ask the forlorn question, ‘Whatever happened to love?’” ~ Desmond Morris

“Sex appeal is a wonderful, warm, womanly healthy feeling . . . it comes only from inside, it’s from nothing that’s manufactured. It has nothing to do with measurements or lipstick color. To me, it’s cleanliness, and youth, an effervescent desire to enjoy life.” ~ Jayne Mansfield

“In the orchard and rose garden I long to see your face. In the taste of Sweetness I long to kiss your lips. In the shadows of passion I long for your love.” ~ Rumi

“The only currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous

 “What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church
If holy water—the rivers, lakes, and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being.” ~ Ganga White

“We may think that when we have completed our study of one we know all about two because two is one and one. We forget that we still have to make a study of ‘and.’” — A. Eddington

“In general, if a couple cannot expand their original rules and boundaries to accommodate personal growth, the relationship disintegrates.” – Caroline Myss 

 “Habits allow us to not think about what we’re doing . . . giving us the illusion of ease. When we are under the illusion of ease, not thinking about what we’re doing. Breathing the same old way, moving the same old way, thinking the same old way we check out of the present, out of happiness itself.” ~ Alex Levin

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