Diamond Dallas Page may be the most unique yogi you'll ever encounter. The former pro wrestling champ credits his hybrid yoga workout, DDP Yoga, for his rippling 6-foot-5 physique.
In an exclusive interview Jan. 8, Page explained how DDP Yoga can help you lose weight, achieve impressive muscle tone, and get you emotionally centered.
Dallas, a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, began doing yoga 15 years ago after suffering a devastating back injury while wrestling.
"I'm from the generation where I wouldn't be caught dead doing yoga for the first 42 years of my life," he said.
Page, 57, began doing yoga as a way to rehabilitate his back while putting zero impact on his joints. He was stunned by how dramatically yoga healed him.
"I was blown away by how much yoga helped me in the first few weeks," Page recalled. "In less than three months, I was back in the ring."
While Dallas continued to lift weights and do his wrestling workouts, he credits yoga for making him limber and flexible, and for extending his pro wrestling career.
Page retired in 2006 at the age of 49 and has since become a fitness and health expert who has inspired millions of people to embrace yoga. He released his first workout book, Yoga for Regular Guys in 2011, and recently released his follow-up DVD series, DDP Yoga.
Dallas said DDP Yoga is different from other yoga videos because it's a potent fat-burning cardio workout that helps you develop incredible flexibility and core strength.
In 2012, DDP Yoga helped Arthur Boorman, a disabled Gulf War veteran, lose 140 pounds in 10 months. The 5-foot-6 Boorman, who once tipped the scales at 297 pounds, slimmed down to 157 pounds in less than a year, and has since maintained his weight loss.
He was featured in a YouTube video that has garnered over 10 million views (see above). In March 2013, Boorman and Page both appeared on "The Doctors" to discuss Arthur's inspiring turnaround.
Dallas, who does DDP Yoga four to six days a week, hopes everyone will embrace the healing power of some kind of yoga. "You pay the price if you don't take care of your health," he said. "DDP Yoga is medicine."