Halcyon Days of Summer

This summer has been more amazing than I ever could have imagined. So much play and being in the moment; mountain biking almost daily, and gaining enough stamina and skill and fitness that I may actually be considering myself an athlete; enjoying nature – celebrating the monsoons and the beautiful flowers they bring, breathing deeply of fresh mountain air, noticing the subtle shifts in temperature and smells as summer moves closer to fall; sunshine; and exploring friendships with a sense of lightness and wonder.

So what next? At the beginning of June I began teaching yoga at Truly Fit, and am Summer Flowers in Flagstaff (c) Holly Troy 2014really loving teaching. I will be starting up small classes on my own in the next couple of weeks. I’ve put a lot of thought into this and am very excited. I’ll be teaching Hatha Yoga focusing on the breath, the core, creative visualization meditation, and relaxation. Stay tuned!

I am also continuing to explore the tarot, reiki, painting, writing – and the mind/body connection of them all.

Halcyon days of summer are filling my creative well! I have so much gratitude for this playful time. My intention is to carry over that playfulness through the long nights of winter.

Is it possible to stock up on happiness? (I know – play, creativity and creative action, meditation, cycling, yoga, mindfulness, and friends – regularly – really keep happiness flowing).

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I updated my yoga bio for Truly Fit.

The goal of yoga is the attainment of self-awareness through physical movement, breathing, and meditation. As practitioners increase levels of presence and mindfulness, levels of stress and problems like chronic pain can be reduced. Taking the time to slow down and learning how to be present and notice the body throughout the day can vastly improve health over time. With rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rising, learning self-care and awareness through yoga and meditation is pro-active and sustainable.

I was first introduced to yoga as therapy for an injury when I was 18 and have been practicing ever since. I fell in love with the benefits of yoga and became certified as an instructor in 1996. Since then, I have deepened my investigation of the body’s subtle energies: I am also a reiki practitioner; have created several visualization meditations; and have developed workshops involving yoga, meditation, the mind/body connection and creativity—all of which have deepened my understanding of integrative health, relational physiology, and body awareness . . .

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