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Ontario has many celebrities in entertainment and sports but wrestling superstar Trish Stratus, back with World Wrestling Entertainment after a three-month hiatus, is both. As a part of the spectacle of "sports entertainment", the 5-foot-4 Stratus' five-year career has been the springboard for the 'WWE Divas', its members notorious for both beauty and ferocity in the squared circle.
However, her performances have been hampered by neck and back injuries. For rehabilitation, she credits both yoga and physiotherapy.
"And mostly what I also did was a simple little thing called 'enjoy life,'" she said. "I've spent (time) with friends and family, doing the 'normal thing' that I haven't been doing for the past four or five years and you realize you don't have any time to do that. That's a huge sacrifice we've made to do what we do."
Besides being a Toronto hockey fan, she also misses other things when she's away.
"The great thing about being home in Canada is that you have this amazing thing called 'cottage country,'" she said. "It is so nice to be in the city, taking phone calls, and doing the work you do, and then just drive about an hour and a half north, and you find a series of lakes. It's amazing and it reminded me of why I love coming home."
The 29-year-old also admitted to "just kicking back and watching wrestling like a WWE fan again" as a way of refueling her passion for the industry.
Prior to modelling and wrestling, the Toronto-born bombshell was York University medical student Patricia Anne Stratigias. Specializing in genetics in her fifth year, she discovered kinesiology.
"I could do a theory of it by doing the sports, and actually study it," she said. "(It) does go hand-in-hand with the medical profession and the biology that I studied."
"Guess I didn't become the doctor I wanted to be, did I?" she said, with a laugh.
During the 380-day road tour with the WWE, Stratus said maintaining her workout regimen is "very difficult, because not only does a workout kick-start your day, but it's something you have to do to continue with the rigors of the road and the ring. Now that I'm doing yoga, I actually search for studios and takes care of my stress and my flexibility. And, when I have time, I just hop on the treadmill and do 35 minutes, in order to keep up that cardiovascular activity."
Her passion for yoga began when Stratus felt frustrated that her regular regimen was not helping her neck and back problems, and her therapist suggested she try a new program. When she drove past a yoga studio, she recalled how it had benefited her friend, fellow 'Diva' Amy Dumas (Lita).
"Yoga had helped her cope with her neck injury, which is a very difficult thing to get over in order to get back into the WWE ring. So, I tried it for the first time, and pretty much I felt better straight off the bat," she said. "I'm nuts about it. My back is so strong, and I'm even stronger now than I think when I left."
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