Canadian actress says hot yoga was key to her cancer survival

Canadian actress Lisa Ray says she’s easing back into the spotlight with projects that include plans to open a hot yoga studio just outside Toronto.

TORONTO — Canadian actress Lisa Ray says she’s easing back into the spotlight with projects that include plans to open a hot yoga studio just outside Toronto.

The Water star says Moksha yoga, which is practised in a heated room, was an “essential element” of her journey back to health after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Ray announced in 2009 that she was suffering from multiple myeloma, which attacks the bone and can be fatal.

She embarked on an intense treatment regime that put the cancer in remission last year.

Now, the 38-year-old says she’s got an “eclectic” mix of projects on the go, including a six-part travel series she’s hosting for Discovery Channel International in India.

She says she plans to open a yoga studio in Brampton, Ont., in late February or March, and is eager to share the benefits of the practice.

“Life’s great and I’m really thankful. I’d say this is my rebirth in a sense, my resurrection and I’m taking that very seriously but with a light touch,” Ray says.

“Whatever I do I make sure it’s aligned with my core values of having fun, friends, family, and doing stuff that just makes sense to me,” Ray says.