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. 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 sacredfolly@gmail.com.

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

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
Night Train ~ “Detour” poem, 2011
Elephant Journal ~ “Pay Attention, You’ll Feel Better” (article) September 13, 2010
Elephant Journal ~ “The Good Life” (article) October 13, 2010
Elephant Journal ~ “Arizona’s New Immigration Law Doesn’t Go Far Enough” (article, satire)  April 25, 2010
Creative Essence Magazine ~ “From the Energetic Body to the Page: Discovering the Self” article, Fall 2009/Winter 2010
Earth’s Daughters #72, Splinters & Fragments ~ “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

There’s Always More Where that Came From – Snow, Art, and Money

I hope 2016 is treating everyone well so far! I know for me, life feels like I pressed a reset button. That reset is such a relief!

Holly Troy © 2016 SUnset with Snow on the MasaFlagstaff has had a few good snowstorms in the last month – getting around via bicycle has been a sometimes precarious adventure. Bella (my bike) has been treating me well. Besides getting me to work, since the new year I’ve gone to Black Canyon Trail and have had an escapade or two in Sedona. Also, I’ve done some snow biking and wow, it is fun!

Just before the new year, I found out that the Flagstaff Arts Council accepted me into the ArtBox Institute. I’m learning how to set goals and better manage my time so that I can make art, have relationships, and mountain bike (while still maintaining a full-time job). Time management a never-ending process; a subject that is a constant in my life. I would describe ArtBox as business school for artists – stuff you don’t learn in art school. I am learning a lot and making new friends while I’m at it. Oh – and I’m also making art!

The most exciting things to me about ArtBox are the creative community, learning and creating new habits, and taking myself seriously as an artist. I would like art and teaching to be my work, and a big part of making a creative life feasible is consciously shifting my beliefs around what makes art valuable, my self-worth, how I use my time to make art, and, how I view money. (It turns our all of these things are tied together).

Fellow Jersey-girl Marie Forleo talks about making small changes that have a big impact on your money mentality. Check out the MarieTV video below.

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