Bio

Creative Life Bio
Self portrait (c) Holly Troy 2014I’m a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I’ve been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, and breath — and I help others do the same through yoga and the workshop Writing the Energetic Body, a practice of “exploring writing through the lens of the chakra system.” I am a certified yoga instructor through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and hold a BA in Art and Creative Writing from Hunter College. My work has been published in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Night Train, Earth’s Daughters, Elephant Journal, Creative Essence Magazine, and as a featured guest poet for bentlily.com.

I am currently getting settled in Flagstaff, AZ, and am embarking on a deep extended project exploring sexuality, somatics, and society with artist and healer, Sydney Francis.

Stay tuned for my next online session of Writing the Energetic Body and other projects. ** The next session will happen this winter after the holidays. **

For small group or private classes and/or workshops, contact me a sacredfolly@gmail.com.

Places where I teach:

I am currently on sabbatical.

Truly Fit – Flagstaff, AZ
Gentle Beginner Hatha – 8:10 to 9:15 Thursday mornings
Hatha Yoga – 6:35 to 7:35 Monday Evenings
June 2014 to November 2014
Urban Energy Medicine – Phoenix, AZ
Moderate Hatha – 5:45 to 7:00 Wednesday evenings
January 2013 ~ May 2013
Blue Lotus Good Heart Yoga – Tucson, AZ
Moderate Hatha – 7:00 to 8:15 Monday evenings
October 2011 – January 2012
Paititi Institute – Peru
August 2011
Henderson House
July 2009 to May 2011
Forest Highlands Golf Club – Flagstaff, AZ
Summer 2010
Harmony Studio – Flagstaff, AZ
September 2009 through April 2010
Mountain Waves Healing Arts Center, Flagstaff, AZ
October 2008 though October 2009
Madison Wellness Center – New York, NY
April 2006 through June 2007

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Photo of my Firefly Gathering workshop from local mag Flagstaff Live! by Brian Bradley.

Workshop Creator and Facilitator

I focus on exploring how freedom in creativity, movement, play, energy and ritual work together and have the potential to deepen our experience of life.

Going Deep ~ Sojourn at the Underworld: Releasing Shame and Rooting in the Bliss Body Co-facilitated with Sydney Francis
Flagstaff, AZ – November 2013
Partner Journey through the Chakras – An Exploration of Energetic Boundaries and Exchange: Firefly 3rd Annual Forest Gathering 2012
Coconino County, AZ – July 2012
Finding Your Voice, Speaking Your Truth, Claiming Your Power: Flagstaff Yoga Festival 2011
Flagstaff, AZ – August 2011
Writing the Energetic Body: Flagstaff Yoga Festival 2010 
Flagstaff, AZ – August, 2010
Writing the Energetic Body: Bisbee Yoga Expo 2010 
Bisbee, AZ – February, 2010
Meditation and Movement Leader for Deer Spirit Reiki Circle
Madison Wellness Center, New York, New York – January 2010
Journaling through the Chakras: Flagstaff Yoga Festival 2009 
Flagstaff, AZ – August 2009
Oms and Eats – 2007 (New Year’s Eve Meditation, Goal Setting, and Celebration): Mountain Waves Healing Arts – Flagstaff, AZ

Online Workshop:
Writing the Energetic Body Online Workshop
4 Week Online Course ~ Shedding Inhibition and Divining Your Intentions Workshop ~ Writing Past the Mind and into the Chakras
~October 23rd, 2014 to November 2014 – Place, Somatics and Self-Discovery
~ May 28, 2014 to June 17, 2014 – Place, Somatics and Self-Discovery
~ March 1st to March 28th, 2014
~ October 5th to November 1st, 2013
~ March 11th to April 2013
~ January 27th to February 23rd, 2013
~ June & July 2012
~ May 2012
~ February & March 2012

Musician/Performer:
1986 to 2004
Clubs: The Knitting Factory, CBGBs, Webster Hall, Upstairs at Nick’s, Khyber Pass, Lion’s Den, The Continental Divide, Club Luxxe, The Cupping Room, Le Bar Bat, The Fort at Sidewalk, The Lismar Lounge, Maxwells, Brownies, Coney Island High
Discography:
Coming Soon

Publications:
Bentlily.com ~ “Crush (1976)” poem (featured poet of the week)
December 2012
Sorensen Silver Fine Art ~ photographer, writer, art director
May 2010 to January 2014
Night Train ~ “Detour” poem
2011
Creative Essence Magazine ~ Articles, meditations
Fall/Winter 08
Spring/Summer 09
Fall/Winter 09
Earth’s Daughters ~ “Where Asteroids Come From” poem
2008
Cosmopolitan Magazine ~ “Online” Bedside Astrologer
1996

Education:
Anatomy & Asana with Indeera Johnn
Aligning the Spine: A Body-Mind Centering® approach to yoga
Workshop
Tucson, AZ
October 2011
Treehouse Thai Massage Spa
certificate (5 CEU’s), Introduction to Thai Massage
Tucson, AZ
July 2011
Deer Spirit Reiki
certificate (master), Advanced Reiki/Reiki Teaching
New York, NY
2007 – 2007
louderARTS
New York, NY
Spring 2005
Poetry Project with Nada Gordon
New York, NY
Fall 2004
White Tail Center
certificate, Reiki Levels 1 and 2
Milford, PA
2004 – 2004
City University of New York-Hunter College
BA, English-Creative Writing, Art – Painting and Etching
New York, NY
1994 – 2003
Magna Cum Laude
4.0 in Major Fields of Study
Lenore Lipstein Poetry Prize
Activities and Societies: Phi Beta Kappa
holly troy sivananda certificationSivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
Yoga Teacher, Yoga, Vedic Philosophy
Woodburne, NY
1996

Activities:
Arizona Yoga Association

board member
October 2011 to October 2012

Recent Posts

Communicate . . . Any Way You Can

We all have our own stories to tell – what are yours? (5th Chakra)

“I do not know the truth, or I do not know how to tell the truth. All I have are stories, night thoughts, the sudden convictions that uncertainty spawns.” – Anne Enright, The Gathering

“You are song, a wished-for song.”- Rumi

“Puritanism hangs heavily on American literature . . . The French were able to produce very beautiful erotic writing because there was no puritan taboo, and the best writers would turn to erotic writing without the feeling that sensuality was something to be ashamed of and treated with contempt.” (2nd chakra and the 5th chakra) Anias Nin from
Eroticism in Women, Playgirl, April 1974.

truth tree (c) 2015 Holly Troy“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” ― Khalil Gibran

“My Soul gave me good counsel, teaching me that the lamp which I carry does not belong to me, and the song that I sing was not generated from within me.” ― Khalil Gibran

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” ― Khalil Gibran

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” —Voltaire

“I sense the world might be more dreamlike, metaphorical, and poetic than we currently believe–but just as irrational as sympathetic magic when looked at in a typically scientific way. I wouldn’t be surprised if poetry–poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes, and designs–is how the world works. The world isn’t logical, it’s a song.” David Byrne

“[What I want to communicate] doesn’t have a language with which I can communicate it. The things that I want to communicate are simply self-evident, emotional things. And the gifts of those things are that they bring both intellectual and emotional gifts — understanding. But I don’t really have a major message that I want to bring to the world through my music. The music can tell people everything they need to know about being human beings. It’s not my information, it’s not mine. I didn’t make it. I just discovered it.” — Jeff Buckley

“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” ― Terence McKenna

“When we are young, the words are scattered all around us. As they are assembled by experience, so also are we, sentence by sentence, until the story takes shape.” ~Louise Erdrich

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” ~ Seamus Heaney

 . . . originally posted at Writing the Energetic Body

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