Dallas Page's yoga saving lives, by Jake Roberts -
1st April 2013
"The Snake" Roberts Dallas
Body & Spirit Health
The Snake Roberts woke up every morning
praying it would be his last.
former WWE superstar made famous for dropping opponents
on their heads with his blistering DDT, had seen decades
of drug and alcohol abuse take a toll on his body
to the point where the once-mighty wrestler had given
up hope of a better day or way of life.
was a person who was beat up, gave up, and didnt
want to live, Roberts told ESPN Playbook. I
was so disgusted with myself. I had ballooned up to
over 300 pounds and was doing drugs and alcohol every
single day. First thing I did every day was get my
dope and get my alcohol set up for the day. Thats
what I was living for, and thats the only thing
I was living on.
then one of Roberts former wrestling protégés,
Diamond Dallas Page, reached out, asking about his
deteriorating health, while offering to help introduce
The Snake to a new workout Page had developed
called DDP Yoga, a program that combines the poses
and flexibility of yoga with the muscle building ways
can never thank the man enough, Roberts said.
He started telling me about this yoga thing,
and I was like bull-. Yeah, right. But the bottom
line was, I told him Id do anything he said
just to get him off the phone so I could get what
I need. Next thing I know, he sent me a package, and
I was like, OK, Ill try this crap,
and it snuck up on me. Seven days later I had lost
six pounds and thats all I needed start believing
that there were possibilities in my life again.
was ashamed of where I was living and how I looked.
To go from the penthouse to the outhouse really sucks,
but its where I was. Dallas came down to see
me and he told me if I lost 25 pounds, hed let
me move into his house and wed get serious about
this. It was humiliating for him to show up and see
where I was living and what I had become, but there
was just enough pride left that I got angry, and thats
exactly what I needed. I needed to get angry to get
me off my ass. I am so grateful for that moment. The
first time I tried his workout, I lasted about two
minutes before I was winded. I was stuck in a chair
before this. I couldnt open up my hands before,
they were like claws, and my toes were the same thing,
but now I can straighten all that stuff out. Through
DDP Yoga, I got my hands working, I got my feet working,
and I got my mind working and my heart pumping. Im
in the best shape of my life, even if I still have
a long way to go.
it wasnt for DDP, if I wouldnt be dead
right now, Id be asking to die.