This is part two of a two-part interview with Diamond Dallas Page, former professional wrestler turned Yoga ‘guru’? In this part we get an even more in-depth view of the origins of DDPYoga and the man Diamond Dallas Page.
WH: Later, you would change the name from YRG to DDPYoga. What prompted that?
DDP: I was at a party in LA. I met this guy who developed the show COPS (John Langeley). I knew I was going to have a reality show. So I asked him “What’s the most important thing about a reality show?” He says, “…[sic] the name…you know your name has to reflect exactly what it’s about.
That got me to thinking…”Yoga for Regular Guys”? “Can women do it, too?” So, that’s like two strikes against me. Then I thought, people always go “Yo, DDP: how’s your Yoga?” so I decided to rename it “DDPYoga”.
Then I thought, “I’m going to punch my fist through the ‘O’ in Yoga and stamp it with the tagline It ain’t your mamma’s Yoga.”
WH: Ahhhh….”It ain’t your mamma’s Yoga”…interesting.
DDP: Because of that phrase, a ‘wall’ comes down: people start to listen. It was Henry Ford who said “…[sic] If you think you can or you think you can’t: you’re right!” I’m one of those guys who can because I know I can.
WH: As YRG morphed into DDPYoga a sort of phenomenon occurred in May 2012. That video featuring Arthur Boorman took on a life of it’s own. What was that like?
DDP: We got so overwhelmed because of it. I was in a bit of a spot because a former business partner was stealing from me and selling for less than half-price on EBay! So, I ordered 10,000….we got so far behind because we were doing it through our own shipping unit. Fact is we sold 10,000 units in May 2012…so we were forced to go through a bit of stress and pressure.
I made an initial investment of $500,000 between production, marketing and whatever it took. I knew that at some point I would make a comfortable living from it. It was never a goal to make $100,000,000. Now, it is: while changing lives.
Because of that phrase, a ‘wall’ comes down: people start to listen. ~ Diamond Dallas Page
WH: You’ve been to the top of professional wrestling, a motivational speaker, actor and written a book or two. Now you’re the driving and creative force behind one of the most popular Yoga workouts in the world. How has that affected you personally?
DDP: It gives me the confidence to know that what I’m doing is affecting people in a positive way. It keeps me moving forward. It feels pretty good knowing that the company is heavily into the ‘black’ and there are a lot of people “singing the praises” of DDPYoga.
WH: When you were at the height of your professional wrestling career, in your promo’s you referred to yourself as “the anomaly of professional wrestling”. That’s understandable considering your late start. Do you consider yourself “the anomaly” in the world of Yoga?
DDP: Lee Marshall dubbed me that. DDPYoga is an absolute anomaly. There’s a quote about taking the road less travelled. That’s where people stand and make a name for their self. I didn’t take the road less travelled: I bull-dozed a path one tree at-a-time.
I didn’t develop this (DDPYoga) for those who do Yoga. Rather, I developed this for people that wouldn’t be caught dead doing Yoga. I’m like “I know you wouldn’t get caught dead doing Yoga: try mine.”
20-30% of our sales come from word-of-mouth; friends, family, etc. If it was two to three percent I wouldn’t be so excited.
WH: That definitely says a lot about your program. You’ve even taken DDPYoga on the road. If you could name just one city, town, or country: which would you refer to as your favorite?
DDP: Mexico. That’s where we do our yearly retreat. Last year we had 80 people. The energy level was through the roof. Imagine a Yoga studio where the teacher is telling you to “reach from your heart” (laughs}…No. We interact: we laugh, we have fun. The room isn’t chanting, really…it’s more like a room full of guys and gals yelling out “ONE…TWO! ONE…TWO!” Kinda like a boot-camp thing.
WH: If you could give anyone new to Yoga or DDPYoga just one piece of advice: what would that be?
DDP: Learn to breathe. Breathing is the most important thing I’ve learned in the last 20 years.
Soldiers say “the only thing between excitement and fear is whether you’re breathing or not”. When sh*t hit’s the fan…which guy do you want to be standing next to?
WH: DDP, thanks for taking the time to take part in this.
DDP: My pleasure, Bro.
The conversation turned to Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts (Aurelian Smith), and Scott Hall. These are two former professional wrestlers who as a result of years of physical abuse and poor decisions found themselves physically broken and in bad situations.
DDPYoga is like the new 'drug' ~ Diamond Dallas Page
Roberts was the first former professional wrestler Page brought into his Atlanta-based “Accountability Crib". Various clips of the "Accountability Crib" experience can be found on YouTube. In reference to Roberts, it seems karma has played a role in his life when one considers that he was one of the first people to help Page along the way; Page credits Roberts with teaching him the psychology of professional wrestling. Page went on to say that Roberts is a changed man through practicing DDPYoga. In fact, DDPYoga is like a new ‘drug’ for Roberts. According to Page: he’s active and excited, losing weight and turning his life around.
As for Scott Hall, he's another great friend Page made during this first years of professional wrestling. As a result of his relationship with Hall and his belief in Page: he got his first big breakout moment in professional wrestling. This was during the time of what is now referred to as the “Monday Night Wars”.
Roberts and Hall are not the only professional wrestlers to benefit from Page’s program. Raymond Lloyd, known by his “ring” name “Glacier” and Chris Jericho (Irvine) have both seen dramatic results from practicing with DDPYoga.
When asked about plans for the future Page chuckles. He says they (DDPYoga) are about to do something with DDPYoga that will “knock your socks off”.
2014 looks to be another great year for the folks at DDPYoga…stay tuned