Yoga doesn’t have quite the same connotation behind it that it once had. WWE Hall of Famers ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page and Trish Stratus have helped mix wrestling and yoga over the last 10-15 years and now Stratus thinks it should be a mandatory practice for wrestlers.
“I did [yoga] every day, and I could just, I mean, I’m telling you, automatically, I felt a difference in my body. I just had more mobility, I just knew my body needed this. And it was for my mental detachment, to go into and just find my space inside myself, inside my head, was something that I really needed but I didn’t know I needed. I used it to rehabilitate my body, so I think it was about three months that I did it every day, and I’m talking every day.
Full recovery, I’ve never had to look back. I have full mobility. Never had to look back. The second leg of my career…The movements, the mobility of my body was just at a whole different level, like recovery time was quicker, and I was just like oh my god. It needs to be a prerequisite for wrestlers to do yoga.”
Trish Stratus has wrestled sporadically since her retirement in 2006. Her most recent match came against Charlotte Flair at SummerSlam 2019 but she has remained open to having more matches in the future.