An interview with Trishia Marie, Yoga Teacher & Ayurvedic Guide
Why do you teach yoga?
Like many other teachers, my own practice led to profound personal healing and insight. I want to share that with others, especially those who suffer from chronic illness and pain. The physical practice of yoga alongside personal self inquiry opens the door for improved quality of life, less pain, and more energy for the things that make life sweet. It brings me great joy to bring that practice to my students.
What has yoga helped you with the most in your personal life?
Chronic joint pain and inflammation for sure. It also laid the groundwork for me to better handle the stresses thrown my way the past few years. In just three years time, I’ve dealt with a huge family loss, sat beside my daughter in the NICU as she grew from 2 pounds to 5 pounds before coming home, moved from the country (which I love) to the city (which I kind of don’t), welcomed my first grandchild into the world, dealt with my eldest child suffering a massive seizure while driving and subsequently being diagnosed with epilepsy, was diagnosed with Lyme disease after a week of being immobile from pain, taught TWO teenage girls how to drive (that alone is enough to make anyone go mad!)… and that’s just the big stuff! Yoga and self inquiry has taught me how to recognize my typical response to stressors and process through them in a healthier way. It has also greatly reduced my joint pain and inflammation. Anyone who suffers from chronic pain can understand how much harder it is to deal with the stresses of life when pain is present. Having that relief has allowed me to better navigate changes, listen to my body, and adapt my daily life to my needs.
What is your favorite hot drink?
Well coffee of course. However, lately I’ve been enjoying Lady Earl Grey tea. It’s a decaf black tea with bergamont and citrus and it’s just heavenly. A gift from my Mother-in-law, it has become my go-to drink as I settle in for the evening!
What/who inspires you?
My children first and foremost. It is such a gift to watch them grow into their personalities, develop their interests, and find their voices. Outside of that, I am constantly inspired by nature. We can learn so much by watching animals adapt to the seasons, observing how a bee goes about collecting nectar, or simply meditating on the moon.
What is your idea of the perfect cozy day? Snow outside, candles burning inside. (If only we had a fireplace!) Gentle yoga in the morning, some coffee while I check my calendar, a lazy day with my kids while soup simmers in the slow cooker. Add in some yarn and a good knitting pattern and I’m in heaven!