I think we’ve done a good job not mentioning DDP Yoga here on the site. But now it has made it to the page’s (virtual ones) of the New York Times magazine, complete with explicit “stolen from Ashtanga” language:
Although Page was uncomfortable that Aaron greeted the class by playing a harmonium — “all of that namaste [expletive],” as he put it — he felt great afterward and began to create a form of yoga for broken-down macho guys like himself and others.
Together, Page and Aaron developed a hybrid of Ashtanga, a popular “power” yoga, and Iyengar, a more therapeutic form. Page added some strength-building moves for key muscles groups — the quads, the core — and also built in traditional calisthenics, including push-ups. He incorporated something he calls “dynamic resistance,” which calls for engaging all of the body’s muscles and then moving against that tension. And he tried to avoid all that namaste stuff. “That’s the first thing that makes people go, ‘That’s too froufrou,’ ” he says. “There’s certain yoga terminology that I don’t use. I want to make people laugh.”
Page was hardly the first former jock to enter the market. Bikram Choudhury, the controversial creator of Bikram yoga, developed his technique as he recovered from a weight-lifting accident. From 2001 to 2011, more than 2,000 trademark applications containing the word “yoga” were filed, including ones for Metal Yoga, Broga and Hillbilly Yoga. But Page’s yoga was unique in its W.W.E.-like blend of manliness and goofiness. At first he called it Y.R.G., or Yoga for Regular Guys, but later rechristened it D.D.P. Yoga, after himself. “Child’s pose” became “safety zone,” “mountain pose” became “ignition.” Page developed a flexing exercise called Hulking It Up, in honor of his former circuit mate. Despite the lack of humming and chanting, Page explained, he still wanted there to be “the power of ‘you can do this.’ ”
I’m sure Page would also argue with the Times’ recent conclusions about yoga.
And, just to be clear, I’m not knocking DDP Yoga. (If only so I don’t get body slammed in the near future.) It seems to have helped a bunch of people and obviously attracts a particular type of person, who may not go for the froufrou.
Today’s about the busiest yoga news day in months. We’ll get to Tim Miller’s latest blog, promise.
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