About Roy Holman
I teach what I want to learn! I have found yoga, meditation, reflexology,
hands-on healing, workshops, and retreats to be very helpful in my own
personal healing, so I teach what has worked for me. I am passionate
about teaching (and learning), helping people to heal old wounds, and
awaken to our true passion, purpose and power. I have tremendous
faith in our human potential, when aligned with our inner essence. My
goal, in short, is to help us remember who we are.
I have lived abroad for over five years, including travels around Australia,
New Zealand, and Indonesia in 1986, and all around the globe in 1988,
from Western Europe across the former Soviet Union, and through China.
I graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1991 with a BA in Sociology and a
minor in Psychology. I then joined fact-finding delegations to
Central America, and ended up living in Guatemala for almost three years
doing human rights work, refugee work, teaching, and researching the
effects of US policy.
My volunteer work has included: Intern for Assemblyman Sam Farr,
Intern at Resource Center for Nonviolence (California), Student-teacher
for at-risk youth in Santa Cruz, CA., Yoga Teacher in Seattle, and Big
Brother in Everett, Washington. My current volunteer work includes
Hike Leader for Everett Mountaineers, and doing a weekly commentary
for Everett's KSER community radio 90.7FM (every Thursday morning at
I discovered yoga and rediscovered meditation in 1995, at a very challenging
time in my life, when I was beginning the inner work, struggling to
heal old wounds. Yoga and meditation helped me ground, center,
and calm myself. I'll never forget the feeling after my first
yoga class - it was a revelation! I was hooked.
I am a Certified Yoga teacher, in the Viniyoga tradition. I completed
a two year Hands-on, Heart-centered Healing course in Seattle in 1998,
then completed a Meditation and Healing teacher's training course in
2000, and was also ordained as a minister. I am also a Certified Reflexologist.
I have studied various styles of yoga over the years, and have been
teaching yoga and meditation since 2001. The style of yoga I teach
is a very grounded, traditional hatha yoga. I call it "Feel
Good" Yoga, because I simply teach what feels best to me and my
students. I also try to incorporate the many aspects of healing
I have learned into my classes, so I often refer to the style of yoga
and meditation as "Integrative Yoga & Meditation", incorporating
breathing (pranayama), grounding, insight, devotion, and healing or
stress release. Some of my favorite yoga poses are Warrior I &
II, tree, bow pose, plough, seated forward fold, soaring hawk (flying
locust with arms wide), and happy baby!
One of my favorite joys in teaching is seeing the look in the students'
eyes at the end of class, or after a reflexology session, or during
one of our retreats - the look of someone who has gotten a glimpse,
or memory of who we are, or simply a moment of calm reassurance, a rejuvenating
break from our hectic life.
My spiritual belief system is simple: I see Spirit / God / Divinity
in everyone and everything, from looking into my cat's eyes, to walking
in an old growth forest. This is what yoga is all about - union
or integration of body, mind, and spirit. Ultimately, we are all
connected, and made up of the same sacred energy, and the sooner we
remember this, the sooner we will create a more peaceful world.