...then let us just be humble, simple, sincere ~ Sri. Swami Satchidananda
The Yogi “spotlight” is now on Arthur Boorman.
Arthur Boorman: Army Paratrooper injured in the Gulf War in the early 90’s turned reluctant celebrity Yogi.
Arthur is the man you can see in the inspirational video reclaiming his health and by virtue of the same: reclaiming his life. Arthur’s transformation was done through a consistent practice with DDPYoga. Arthur took a few moments to speak with the Charleston Yoga Examiner.
I figured that If I told people and put myself out there, they would hold me to the goal and keep me motivated ~ Arthur Boorman
What follows is telling of the humility of this reluctant celebrity Yogi.
William Hunnell: You served in the Army as a Paratrooper. What was that like for you?
Arthur Boorman: I liked it because I enjoyed the challenge.
WH: After the Army you went on to be an educator. What has that experience been like for you?
AB: I am a special educator. I served for a short time as an administrator in an alternative High School setting, but I’m better as a teacher than an Assistant Principal.
WH: Your story is told in the now famous YouTube video that documents your physical transformation through practicing DDPYoga. That video caused quite the sensation (over 9 million views!) yet, outwardly, it doesn't seem to have "gone to your head" so-to-speak. Why is that?
AB: I am a special educator. No matter what anybody says or what TV shows show my video, those kids still need me to do things for them. They need me. That keeps me grounded in reality.
WH: So, then why the video documentation?
AB: When I started, I did not know if I would be successful. I wanted to use other people to help me keep motivated and stay honest. I figured that If I told people and put myself out there, they would hold me to the goal and keep me motivated. I did not expect any of this to happen.
WH: Do you practice any other forms of Yoga? If so, any particular style?
WH: What, in terms of Yoga resonates with you on a personal level?
AB: Abyassa and Viraga (willful effort/nonconcern with results) and the combination of breath and stillness.
WH: Who or what inspires you?
AB: My students inspire me.
WH: If you could give anyone new to the practice of Yoga (or DDPYoga) any advice, in one sentence, what would that be?
AB: Don't quit.
WH: Have you furthered your own Yoga practice? Do you teach? If so, what style(s)?
AB: I am an RYT500. I am also certified to teach Yin and Prenatal Yoga.
WH: Finally, is there anything you would like folks to know about you or your practice that isn't readily observable?
AB: I practice every day. I spend time every day working on breathing.
There you have it. Arthur Boorman: (reluctant) Celebrity Yogi. For all the attention he has garnered as the result of his YouTube sensation, he remains humble and content.
There’s a name for folks like Arthur Boorman: Yogi.