Professional wrestling star talks yoga with Eau Claire business group

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Employees from Edwards Jones got a special treat when a wrestling superstar spoke to them. The speech wasn't about wrestling, though. It was about yoga.

"Diamond" Dallas Page, who was born Page Joseph Falkinburg before legally changing his name to Dallas Page in 2003, spoke Wednesday with a group from Edward Jones at Golds Gym in Eau Claire. As he often says, "This is not your momma's yoga." It's a system he developed to include anybody who wants to learn and be healthy.

"I got people that are 80-years-old doing my workout, kids who are 6, kids who are younger than that doing a version of it with their parents," Page said. "If you can bend over and pick up your keys or change a light bulb, you can do the workout."

Page may not look look like the typical yoga instructor, but he has never been one to listen to his critics. This is a man who started his wrestling career at 35, an age when most athletes are slowing down.

"When you start wrestling at 35, and your career takes off at 40, that is how old I was in 1996 when wrestling blew through the ceiling, I was 40, 41, 42. I was on top of the world, and then I blew my back out. In less than three months, doing what would become DDP Yoga, I was back in the ring. At 42 they said my career was over. At 43 i was world champion."

Page's passion drove him as a rookie in the squared circle, just as it drives him in his new career: teaching his special brand of yoga.

"How many people are not only willing to put the work in, but are willing to make no money, cost them money, and not give up? Most people quit right away," he said. "That is what I say to people: if you say you can, or you say you can't, you are right. Henry Ford said that, but what did he ever do?!"

It's lessons "DDP" learned in the ring that helped make him a success outside of wrestling.

"When you are constantly teaching someone, you are learning." he said. "Now, if you don't want to learn, and think you know everything, you got nothing."

"I am always learning. I am always sucking in what I can to teach others."

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