Interview: Trisha DeCesare

alignyo Los Angeles yoga news: Interview with yoga teacher Trisha DeCesare
Trisha DeCesare

Trisha DeCesare is approachable and down to earth. Her classes at InYoga Center in Valley Village are upbeat and playful, which is great if you tend to take yourself too seriously in yoga – and in life. Read our Q&A with Trish to find out what she’s struggling with in her yoga practice, and how lions and tigers and camels came up in our interview…  

What makes your style of teaching unique?

I teach from the heart. My mission is to have each student feel like they belong there and that yoga is for everyone. I show a lot of love and respect to my students and to the practice itself. My classes weave breath work, alignment and inspiration and maybe a joke or two. If we can be kinder and more compassionate with ourselves on the mat we can take it into the world and share it with others.  

What's the most FAQ you get being a yoga teacher?  

What was that song like half way through class when we were in pigeon? I loved that quote, who was that? What was that oil you used and where can I get it? What’s in your green smoothie, can I have the recipe? What product do you use in your hair? How do you manage like four jobs and still have the energy to teach every night? Every class you teach is so different, how do you do that?

I love and encourage students to come talk to me after class. I don’t want to just be this untouchable person that teaches them in front of a room, I want to connect deeply with each human being, they are my teacher.

What's the strangest thing a student of yours did, said or wore in your class?  

Two things: Ladies your pants are too tight, camels are for the deserts. Men, if you’re going to wear loose shorts in class, please stay in the back row. Enough said! 

What's the most yogically incorrect, or stereotypical thing you do as a yoga teacher?  

I don’t have a daily meditation practice. I am actively working on it, but it isn’t consistent just yet. It’s a work in progress. I don’t like telling students to do something that I don’t do. This may tie into the second yogically incorrect thing I do, drink coffee! I supposed that doesn’t help in the morning when I try to meditate. One thing at a time!  

Which profession would your alter ego choose and why?  

Siegfried & Roy watch out, I always wanted to train lions and tigers!   

Who or what inspires your practice and your teaching?

My students inspire me 100%. I bow to each and every one of them for their wisdom and guidance throughout my own spiritual journey. Watching the radical transformation that occurs from the moment they walk into class to the moment they press themselves up from Savasana is why I keep showing up to teach them. They inspire me to be patient, kind, courageous, and most of all real. My inspiration comes from the many yogis that have paved the way and have shared their teachings.  

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