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

Under the Cold Surface . . .

the heart

The heart is the toughest part of the body.
Tenderness is in the hands.  ~ 
Carolyn Forché

“Be real with love! We have so little time here.” – Randi Vanessa Taylor-Habib

“If you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” ~ Conan O’Brien

love on  summer day (c) 2014 Holly Troy“I love you also means I love you more than anyone loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis

“Certainly the modern poets I cherish most are disturbing spirits; they do not come to coo.” ~ Stanley Kunitz

“Grief changes shape, but it never ends. People have a misconception that you can deal
with it and say, ‘It’s gone, and I’m better.’ They’re wrong.” — Keanu Reeves

“Come on people, now, smile on your brother,
Everybody get together, try to love one another
right now…. ”
—Chet (Chester Williams) Powers, Jr. (1937-1994)
AKA Dino Valenti, Jesse Oris Farrow,
“Let’s Get Together” (1963)

“If we begin to get in touch with whatever we feel with some kind of kindness, our protective shells will melt, and we’ll find that more areas of our lives are workable. AS we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others—what and whom we can work with, and how—becomes wider.” – Pema Chodron

“The only reason that we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes.” – Pema Chodron

“From the very beginning to the very end, pointing to our own hearts to discover what is true isn’t just a matter of honesty but also of compassion and respect for what we see.” – Pema Chodron

“I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That’s right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that’s kind of perverted or maybe it’s just romantic and highly intelligent.”  ― Sherman Alexie

“Compassion is the basis of morality.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” ~ William Shakespeare

A strange passion is moving in my head.
My heart has become a bird
Which searches in the sky.
Every part of me goes in different directions.
Is it really so
That the one I love is everywhere? ~ Rumi

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