Uncoached Sits Down with Diamond Dallas Page and Talks DDP Yoga

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Film and television actor and personality Dallas Page has been entertaining millions of fans for over 20 years. The athletic, 58 year-old Page knew at an early age that he was born to entertain. His grandmother called him “energetic”—truly an understatement. Whether it was barreling through his grandma’s kitchen on his tricycle, swinging from chandeliers at the babysitter’s house, or cannonballs at neighborhood pool parties, Page knew how to grab an audience and have them eat out of the palm of his hand.

And now Page is doing something new with his life.  He’s started his own Yoga program called DDP Yoga.  Thankfully we had a chance to ask DDP some questions and he was nice enough to answer them.  Here they are:

Tell us what it was like growing up….

I grew up in a great part of the country, Point Pleasant, NJ, but I came from a broke family. I bounced around like a pin ball until I was 8 years old. Then my dad brought me to my grandmothers and she raised me from there. She did the best job a grandmother can do.

How did you get interested in wrestling?

I was into the bigger than life persona. As a little kid wrestlers were like super heroes and as I became a teenager, they were these bigger than life characters that jumped through the TV and I thought I wanted to be one of those guys.

People always say wrestling is “fake.” How would you respond to that?

I think people misunderstand the word fake. A stunt man falls off a horse, it’s scripted, but he really falls off the horse. There is no easy way to fall off a horse; there is no easy way to crash a 275 pound guy who is jumping off a tight rope and landing on top of you. People can say what they want about wrestling, but you can’t fake gravity.

There seem to be too many early deaths of former professional wrestlers these days. What do you think is the cause?

More than anything it’s the wear and tear of the rode and back in the day a lot of guy needed to take the muscle relaxers and the painkillers and it think it got a little out of hand, but today it is a different world.

What’s it like being on top of the wrestling world?

It was a rush; it was living a dream at a different level. When you’re a little kid and dream about being a wrestler and you’re in your twenties and you actually try but it doesn’t work out and then you give it another try at 35 and at 40 you become one of the biggest stars in the world. It’s just a surreal experience especially when you wait your whole life for this. A lot of people dubbed me the anomaly (according to star trek that means it was never supposed to happen) and I think that’s a description of career. When you’re appreciative, it just hits you in a whole different spot and that’s what made

At 58 years old your career has re-emerged in Yoga. What got you interested in Yoga?

DDP Yoga started out of necessity. I didn’t start wrestling until I was 35 and my career didn’t take off until I was 40. In 1998, I blew my back out and I had ruptured my L4 & L5 so badly that my career was over. I was almost 43 at time. One day, while I was laid up with my back injury, I saw my wife, Kimberly, coming upstairs from one of her workouts. She was absolutely soaked in sweat. When she told me she was practicing yoga, I thought for sure that she was pulling my leg. But she insisted that yoga offered her a great physical workout and made her feel rejuvenated. She was absolutely certain that yoga could help me rehabilitate my back and asked me to give it a shot Once I started I was surprised of the benefit and discipline. One day I got on the mat and started to combine some of my rehabilitation moves with the yoga positions, I realized that combining the two created zero impact on your joints and rest is history.

What advice would you give to any entrepreneur starting a business?

There are three things you need to do

1. Know your craft know it better than anyone or be on your way to know it. In other words, the work never stops
2. You have to love it, you have to be willing to work 24/7 and never feel like you’re working
3. Never give up

Who was your favorite wrestler growing up?

Hanson Jimmy Mallon, superstar Billy Graham, Dusty Roads. In my 20s, Jake the Snake Roberts, Mr. Perfect, Terry Falk.

Got any last words for us?

What I was lucky enough to achieve in professional wrestling was amazing, up to that point it was the coolest thing I’ve done but what I am doing today, which is transcending into what I do today: helping people change their lives and own their lives. Taking DDP Yoga into the mainstream. I took the path less traveled and in this scenario, there was no path because I developed DDP for the people who wouldn’t be caught dead doing yoga.

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