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 Oh yeah, I’m a painter and printmaker, too.

Stay tuned for my next online session of Writing the Energetic Body and other projects. **

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

Places where I teach:

I am currently on yoga sabbatical.

Truly Fit – Flagstaff, AZ
Gentle Beginner Hatha
Hatha Yoga
June 2014 to November 2014
Urban Energy Medicine – Phoenix, AZ
Moderate Hatha 
January 2013 ~ May 2013

Northern Arizona Yoga Center – Flagstaff, AZ
Substitute Yoga Instructor/Sivananda Yoga
June and July 2012
Blue Lotus Good Heart Yoga – Tucson, AZ
Moderate Hatha
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
Gentle Core Yoga, RealEase Yoga, Gentle Flow Yoga, Lunch Hour Yoga, Restorative Yoga Nidra
September 2009 through April 2010
Mountain Waves Healing Arts Center, Flagstaff, AZ
Classical Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra
October 2008 though October 2009
Madison Wellness Center – New York, NY
Sivananda Yoga/Classical Hatha
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

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
Coming Soon

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
holly troy sivananda certificationSivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
Yoga Teacher, Yoga, Vedic Philosophy
Woodburne, NY

Arizona Yoga Association

board member
October 2011 to October 2012

Recent Posts

Donuts, Aquarius, and The Shadow – Dancing with the Echoes of Eternity

Grief and the shadow have been staring me down. I’m seeing patterns, and more and more, time feels less linear to me, spherical, maybe even donut-shaped.

Addiction, alienation, secrets, power, sexuality, envy, fear – the stuff we keep hidden – I’ve been circling around the subjects and diving through. I feel like I’ve been breaking past human darkness and into something more brilliant and magnificent, something that reverberates beyond my body, beyond space, and beyond time.

Jung saw the shadow as “the seat of creativity.” What if we looked at the shadow differently? What if we if we looked at the shadow as the hidden part of ourselves that is the cosmic hyper-dimensional being that is who we are in eternity – and – what if we take that part of ourselves and integrate it into our consciousness? Shadow as the Infinite Self, rather than the lowest aspect of our being. Or, if we look at the polarity of the shadow – the lowest part must also includes the highest part.

Check out Mama Maga’s video below. She is right in synch with how I’ve been thinking about the shadow and about time lately. She’s discusses the Aquarian view of the Shadow. Our perception of reality can open or close doors to how we view and experience our lives.

Mama Maga asks, “Is the great aspect of you your shadow?” and, “How is the energy in your nervous system transforming?”

The collage below is from Tribal Donut, Issue 1, 1991, page 9 – San Francisco. I view it as incredibly Scorpionic, a way of looking at the shadow as self through creative play. The collage artist was a friend of mine at the time – Jason Keehn (a.k.a. Cinnamon Twist). The creative play I experienced in the 90s was exquisite, and I feel as if those creative doors are opening again. I feel this beautiful (and sometimes scary) part of my past is echoing into my future . . .

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Excerpt from Tribal Donut (pages 5 and 6):

Tribal Donut—somewhere between dolphin pod, sufi halka, magikal circle . . . without gurus or masters, or rather, where anyone  & anything can be a source of revelation; where each of us is both student and teacher to each other at different times; where the formal intitiatic hierarchy is dissolved into a movement of learning from one another and from life.

No program, no predefined goal, no rules: call it a kind of experiment in kaos magick.

A signal in the cracks of your so-called waking world, a blip of that way rad akashic musick-video you glimpsed yourself in your wildest, most luminescent luminous dreams . . .

A psychick postcard from the city on the edge of forever, beamed out on the pulse of Love to tomorrow’s friends . . .

Simple premise: Nobody is going to create your utopia for you. (Sidestepping here the aspect of Utopia as dead perfection). Do It Yourself. It may be small, it may be fragmentary, it may be evanescent, and the going may not be very easy, but what else is there to do? What are we here for anyway?

Finished listing excuses for why things are they way they are. after all the obstacles and inertia and “forces of oppression,” there remains a fundamental openness waiting to find channels through which it can remake itself/be remade . . . Count up the untold horrors and pains and ugliness wrought by domesticated primates on each other & their world; try to change it: struggle yes—but do you really know what you are up against, & just how deep it runs? . . .Maybe to truly take responsibility for your own life—as opposed to taking on the weight of the world when you can’t even clean up after your own mess, ‘internal’ or ‘external’—is to see that there’s really nothing preset: so assume your freedom, and out AND PLAY.

And why not create something as radically different as possible from all the dismal and abusive routines of civilization while you are at it . . .??

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