Yoga is a powerful workout choice, as it balances fitness, inner reflection, and wellness. When 7-time WWE women's champion Trish Stratus was sidelined with a back injury, she discovered yoga and used her expertise in fitness to aid with her recovery.
With the upcoming launch of her Stratusphere Living YogaFitnessKit, we had a chance to chat with Trish in advance of her September 10 appearance at select London Drug stores.
Q. What is the philosophy behind Stratusphere Living?
A. My personal philosophy for achieving wellness is all about balanced living, with yoga being the centrepiece of my fitness approach. It takes into account not only body, but mind as well.
Q. Tell us about the evolution of Stratusphere Living
A. Yoga became a huge part of my life after it helped me make a full comeback to the ring during my WWE career. Once I retired, I decided I wanted to spread the word of yoga, and so I officially launched my brand – Stratusphere, with the opening of my yoga studio (www.stratusphereyoga.com). Once the studio opened, I started developing unique programs like my yoga for golfers program called ‘Stratusphere Golf’ and hosting yoga retreats called ‘Stratusphere Escape’. Last year I developed a yoga-fitness fusion routine I created to prepare for a role I had in an action film that just got released, called Bounty Hunters and ‘Stratusphere Yoga’ was born.
The next natural progression was to create products for the brand. Being a practitioner myself and being around my students and studying with many instructors all over North America, I made a few notes on some missing links. I started developing some of the key products that you see in my kit and I then produced the Stratusphere Yoga DVD.
One of the most important elements that I felt people were missing out on was recognizing that exercise and healthy eating play an equal role in one’s overall health and wellness. So, I literally took my own personal food journal, which is a tool that I have used consistently for over a decade, and created the journal that you see in the kit.
Stratusphere Living as a brand that really focuses on the whole package. I’m excited that the message I have been delivering for over a decade - since my days as a fitness model, can now be delivered to even more people so they can take the steps to getting the most out of life! I feel like I’m seeing a movement - people are becoming more aware of their health and realizing that it is up to them to make healthy choices. Even on twitter, I tweet messages about my workouts or about what I’m eating and I think I’ve converted quite few wrestling fans into yogis!
Q. What makes the Stratusphere yoga DVD different from others?
A. This workout is something I developed by accident actually – it’s what I call a happy accident! Coming from a fitness background and having to perform in peak condition with WWE for so many years, it was all about cardio and strength training for me. I don’t think I would have ever pursued yoga if I hadn’t used it like I did to aid with my back injury recovery. I think this is how most ‘fitness-minded’ people perceive yoga – I hear it all the time ‘but is yoga a workout?’ OnceI began seeing the positive effects yoga had not only on my level of fitness, but on my overall sense of wellbeing, that’s when I decided that my yoga practice is something that will forever be a part of my life.
As a busy person, I’m forever trying to multi-task, so I was trying to figure out how to balance my yoga sessions and my weight training sessions – who has time for both now a days?! So, what I’ve done with my workout is integrate resistance training movements into a yoga flow so you get the best of both worlds. I also broke the workout down into manageable 10 minute blocks that focus on different parts of your body. So you focus on trouble spots or get a complete 50 minute workout that is truly a total mind body workout.
Q. What are some other benefits of the kit?
A. My mission has always been to give you the support you need to create a lifestyle shift, because that’s what it is - a lifestyle. So to help start you off on the right foot, I created the kit that includes my yoga-fitness DVD ‘Stratusphere Yoga’, a yoga mat, and a nuTRISHion journal. I wanted to give you the all tools you would need to start Stratusphere Living all in one kit.
Trish will be meeting fans and signing autographs at our London Drugs Langley store Saturday, September 10, 2011 between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. Later that day, she'll be at our Brentwood Town Centre location between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Follow her on Twitter @trishstratuscom or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/trishstratuscom