Creative Life Bio

Holly Troy - SUmmer 2013 (c) Holly Troy 2013I’m a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the 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 MagazineNight Train, Earth’s Daughters, Elephant Journal, Creative Essence Magazine, and as a featured guest poet for

Places where I teach:

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 begins on March 1st. Click Writing the Energetic Body: Dreaming in the Spring for more details **

For small group or private classes and/or workshops, contact me a


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 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 ~ 28 Days of Writing Past the Mind and into the Chakras
~ 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

Publications: ~ “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
Creative Essence Magazine ~ Articles, meditations
Fall/Winter 08
Spring/Summer 09
Fall/Winter 09
Earth’s Daughters ~ “Where Asteroids Come From” poem
Cosmopolitan Magazine ~ “Online” Bedside Astrologer

Anatomy & Asana with Indeera Johnn
Aligning the Spine: A Body-Mind Centering® approach to yoga
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
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
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
Yoga Teacher, Yoga, Vedic Philosophy
Woodburne, NY

Arizona Yoga Association

board member
October 2011 to October 2012

Recent Posts

Writing the Energetic Body – Place, Somatics, and Self-Discovery – Next Session: May 2014

Writing the Energetic Body – Place, Somatics, and Self-Discovery
Soaring into the Summer – 21 Days of Writing Past the Mind and Into the Chakras – New Moon in Gemini, May 28th , 2014

My intention for Writing the Energetic Body is to explore coping with change, healing, and taking responsibility for our selves, our society, and our planet, through creativity and the creative process.

I’ve learned so much from my participants. Their writing is insightful and heartfelt and often quite moving. I have found myself moved to tears some days, and some days I am laughing out loud. Most of all, feeling a connection through written word brings me joy!

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.

Why 21 days?

  • It takes 21 days to create a habit;
  • 21 days is an easy amount of time to commit to, and;
  • there is a lovely sense of movement, rhythm, and pace to the numbers three and seven

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the Messenger God and Ruler of Communication. Gemini energy is often talkative, restless, changeable, a little ungrounded, and full of fast-flowing ideas. An air sign, Gemini energy likes intellectual pursuits and mind games. With the moon in Gemini, it is a good time to write and examine patterns. Notice the air around you. Have the winds of spring begun to calm down, or are they still kicking up change? Through writing, we may rid ourselves of excess nervous energy by allowing its expression out on the page.

written in stone (c) 2011 Holly Troy

Written in Stone – Stone on the shaman’s altar – Amazonia, Peru

We will begin this session of Writing the Energetic Body with an intention setting ritual and ground it at the Root Chakra, stabilizing the Gemini energy into the Earth, and using that energy to sustain us as we move up through the body and the chakras to the Crown. We prepare to move from the restless energy of spring into the warm, flowing, sensual energy of summer.

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

Overview of the seven major chakras of the Hindu Chakra System:

1st Chakra – This is our entrance into the earthly plane, our right to be in the world. We will investigate issues surrounding survival and our “tribe”.
2nd Chakra – This is where we experience the power of relationships. We will plumb pleasure, sexuality, emotions, and the desire to create.
3rd Chakra – This is where we gain our sense of personal identity, power, and will. Who are you? What is your purpose?
4th Chakra – We will open to compassion, self-acceptance, and love.
5th Chakra – We will look at clear communication, self-expression, creativity and “Divine Will”. What happens when you speak your Truth?
6th Chakra – We will explore perception, clarity of vision, and psychic ability. How do you see the world? How does intuition and imagination expand your life experience?
7th Chakra – How do we understand the world? What is our connection to a Higher Power?

Some of the benefits of taking part in Writing the Energetic Body:

  • compassionately and creatively observe the Self
  • uncover hidden impulses, stories, and life patterns
  • awaken the body/mind
  • utilize the breath for presence in the moment
  • deepen and expand creative vision
  • loosen up and strengthen fluid writing

There is no need to “know” anything about the chakra system, our bodies physically and energetically hold information, and by freely writing we can tap into that knowledge.

Participants will receive daily writing prompts designed to stimulate a specific chakra for the given day in their in-boxes. We will explore each chakra for three days. We will spend only 30 minutes of writing on the given prompt. Participants will return their responses via email to me. Participants will also have the chance to upload their work to a private blog site to share and to give and receive feedback from other participants.

I will personally respond to your work via email.

What you get:

  • daily prompts;
  • feedback, and;
  • video instruction for movement, meditation, or breath work that will deepen the prompt for the day.

The additional instruction is so much fun — DIY videos from me getting you out of your head and into your body are a blast! Participants may use the additional instruction however they choose—and it is theirs to refer to whenever they like.

The cost for the 21-Day Workshop is $89.00 until May 6th. After May 6th, the price goes up to $98.00.

This is going to be a lot of fun, and, you will be creating a writing habit!

Register for the May 2014 Writing the Energetic Body here.

Sign up early. I respond to every participant; space is limited!

I look forward to exploring and playing with you!

nature nymph (c) Holly TroyPeace, love, and ink,



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