never give up: diamond dallas page & the transformative power of yoga

May 4, 2012 by

Gulf War vet Arthur Boorman, before and after yoga.

Even though there’s a lukewarm anti-yoga revolution brewing, let us remember the power of yoga to transform lives. This video is hot on Reddit and has received almost 100,000 views since it was posted on YouTube on April 30. From the description:

Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again.

He stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga and decided to give it a try — he couldn’t do traditional, higher impact exercise, so he tried DDP YOGA and sent an email to Dallas telling him his story.

Dallas was so moved by his story, he began emailing and speaking on the phone with Arthur throughout his journey – he encouraged Arthur to keep going and to believe that anything was possible. Even though doctors told him walking would never happen, Arthur was persistent. He fell many times, but kept going.

Diamond Dallas Page is a former wrestler turned yoga machine who eschews “namaste” for “T & A.” It’s easy to find fault with his testerone-fuelled and spiritually-deprived approach to yoga, but there’s something to his Yoga for Regular Guys schtick. Watch the video below and be sure to have tissues handy – it’s a little sentimental but ultimately inspiring.

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  1. I love DDP and I love that he’s inspiring more people to practice Yoga. Even if people are introduced to a “spiritually-deprived” practice at first, the deeper benefits reveal themselves in time and people respond to it, and therefore their friends and family do too, it’s a lovely ripple-effect of positivity.

  2. Robert Wilson-Smith

    Very inspiring… well done Arthur Boorman, what a lovely story! On a lighter note, DDP has a funny segment in the film “Enlighten-Up”; he actually seems to be able to laugh at himself.

  3. Kim Nixon

    Thanks you! I sit here with nerve pain in my hip and a swelling back–but I will never give up! Bless you for posting this!!

    –Namaste

  4. J-F

    Very cool! Proof that we should never judge the student nor the teacher.

  5. Amy

    What an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing it. We all need reminders about the power of persistance and hope. Namaste.

  6. holy cow, i am such a sentimental sap- i sniffled through the whole thing. This is awesome (and honestly, DDP “diamond” symbol was part of my teenage years haha).

  7. Steve

    Why is it easy to did fault with his brand of yoga?

    • hey steve ~ at first glance, DDP’s brand of yoga is brash, aggressive and, at times, sexist (check out the scene in Enlighten Up, in which he was practicing with bikini-clad women). he has also stripped away all of the tradition and spiritual aspects of the practice, creating a brand that is focused on weight loss and physical health.

      these aren’t necessarily bad things, but they are general observations of things that naysayers could find fault with.

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