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"Before I was a yogini, I was a seven-time WWE Women's Champion" -Trish Stratus
At every stage of her life, Trish has had some element of physical fitness present. Her earliest fitness influence was her mother who made a young Trish follow along as she did her daily yoga routine, which played on an old vinyl record in their living room. As a child she did gymnastics and then began playing soccer, which stuck with her right through to her 20s. While studying biology/kinesiology at York University she had the privilege of playing field hockey for her nationally ranked varsity team.

In 1997, a professor's strike put her dreams of becoming a doctor on hold, while at the same time allowed another career opportunity to present itself. After convincing her to do a test shoot, Robert Kennedy renowned fitness publisher signed Trish to an exclusive contract. That test shoot lead her to her first professional fitness modeling shoot, which incredibly ended up being a cover and the start of her fitness career. After appearing on her first fitness cover in 1998, Trish went onto become one of the most sought after fitness models in the industry, appearing on over 60 magazine covers.

Trish doing yoga posesWith her natural athleticism and charismatic personality, Trish's next career move was a perfect fit. In 2000, Trish made her television debut with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).  Combining beauty and brawn, she embodied the rise of the "WWE DIVA" as a cultural phenomenon with an unprecedented, record breaking seven championships – for which she earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2006, Trish retired from the world of sports entertainment and will go down as one of the greatest Women's Champions of all time.

It was only after she retired that Trish realized her wrestling career was actually an integral part of leading her towards pursuing the opening of 'Stratusphere'. After being diagnosed with a herniated disk in her lower back and putting her career on hold, Trish rediscovered Yoga as an alternative. She began practicing Bikram Yoga, as a method to rehabilitate her back, utilizing the heat to aid in her recovery. A few months later Trish was pain free, back in the ring and a true believer in the power of yoga to heal.

Yoga then became a part of her everyday life. She found it was a great way to manage the 250-300 days of the year on the road, especially the physicality of a match almost 200 of those days and credits the longevity of her career to Yoga. To this day with her regular practice, she hasn't had any reoccurrence of her injury.

Having experiencing such personal benefits and as a virtual icon in the fitness world, Trish's next career move is by far the most perfect fit of all. Growing up Trish wanted to become a doctor to "help people", she has always been a proponent of health and fitness, wanting to make fitness and wellness as important in others lives as it is in her own and now by opening 'Stratusphere', she has a platform to do all of that.

Trish is a firm believer in the thought that 'everything happens for a reason' and that every destiny follows a certain path which is found due to a matter of timing. Trish feels blessed that every step in her life has lead her to this point, and feels Yoga is somehow part of her natural make-up. For Trish, the saying of 'whats meant to be will always find a way to come about' rings true as the simple act of entering into a pose brings on a rush of nostalgia.

Currently Trish commits any free time to her practice and to learning the Ashtanga series. A Yoga retreat in Italy with Ron Reid and Diane Bruni, founders of Toronto's renowned "Downward Dog" inspired Trish to pursue a teacher training program. She studied with Carmela Savoia of Yoga Plus to become Ashtanga certified.
 
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