Never turn anyone away from your yoga class.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 5, 2012
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Tip via original post up on Reddit: “This is why I never turn anyone away from my yoga class. Inspirational. Never give up!”

“Never, Ever Give up.”

Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself.

From the video:

If this story can inspire someone you know, please share it with them!

Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again.

He stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga and decided to give it a try — he couldn’t do traditional, higher impact exercise, so he tried DDP YOGA and sent an email to Dallas telling him his story.

Dallas was so moved by his story, he began emailing and speaking on the phone with Arthur throughout his journey – he encouraged Arthur to keep going and to believe that anything was possible. Even though doctors told him walking would never happen, Arthur was persistent. He fell many times, but kept going.

Arthur was getting stronger rapidly, and he was losing weight at an incredible rate! Because of DDP’s specialized workout, he gained tremendous balance and flexibility — which gave him hope that maybe someday, he’d be able to walk again.

His story is proof, that we cannot place limits on what we are capable of doing, because we often do not know our own potential. Niether Arthur, nor Dallas knew what he would go on to accomplish, but this video speaks for itself. In less than a year, Arthur completely transformed his life. If only he had known what he was capable of, 15 years earlier.

Do not waste any time thinking you are stuck – you can take control over your life, and change it faster than you might think.

Hopefully this story can inspire you to follow your dreams – whatever they may be.
Anything is Possible!

For more information about DDP YOGA, visit

To contact Arthur or Dallas Page about this incredible story, please visit and contact them.

Both Dallas and Arthur are available for events to share their inspirational story.

Some footage taken from a still to be finished documentary,


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


21 Responses to “Never turn anyone away from your yoga class.”

  1. JoeC2K says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Vision_Quest2 says:

    This goes double for New York City, New York, Miami Beach, Florida and Santa Monica, California …

    [Blog post written by Ira Israel]

    Although, for the life of me, I was a little surprised (nearly shocked, in fact) to find that Sadie Nardini had NOT been one of the instructors initially approached by Arthur Boorman, and who turned him down, please see her copious comments to the article by Tara Kelly:

    As far as the other dude–who had helped a Chicago-area man lose half his weight–Kurt Johnsen's turning Arthur down, I would not have been surprised if he'd been one of those approached … seems that beyond a certain point of overt "spirituality" the teacher gets risk-averse and would not take on the case …

  3. Karen Skvarek says:

    We get up the same place we fall down. This is beautiful. Thank you

  4. yogasamurai says:

    Guys helping guys, that's YOGA! Of course, none of these little girls could handle the challenge. Duh. This is the real future of yoga – but only if we train an entirely new yoga Warrior teacher corps, and weed out at least half of what we have now – or force them to "self-deport."

    Hilarious to read Sadie Nardini's comments on the article at Huff-Po. She just had to try to horn in on the lost glory – somehow. Maybe she can recruit a disabled female vet and make her own DVD – without her in it?

    Thanks a lot, Waylon.

  5. Vision_Quest2 says:

    I would say, little girls as the female half of a yoga teaching-team/couple, too. It's a wuss-out.


    Larger-than-life Yogini

  6. Cynthia says:

    What a great video! It actually made me teary-eyed.

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  9. namastehon says:

    I don't see the point in trashing teachers who did not feel qualified or ready for the tremendous challenge of teaching this man. After all, he had to decide he was determined enough to push on no matter how many obstacles were in his way, and when he was ready his teacher appeared.

    I had a similar experience last year in my summer university yoga class: the class is geared towards the average reasonably healthy population although I also teach modifications to the Ashtanga Primary Series for those with no upper body strength, previous injuries, etc. A young woman came in using a scooter; she had, I assume, cerebral palsy and she tossed her mat on the floor and transferred from her scooter to it. I told her I would not be able to give her special attention (the class had 35 people in it) but would suggest modifications and give cues as I normally would (and no, I did not "adjust" her in any way though I did keep an eye on her).

    She never missed a day in the 2x/week for 6 weeks 2 hours/class for credit session. She progressed from barely moving (but used internal visualizations as I had suggested) while doing what she could to being able to press herself up in many positions, including up dog and down dog. By the end of the course, she was more easily transferring from scooter to floor and back and was even able to stand unaided for short periods of time. I hope she's still practicing, because she would be able to walk unaided as hard as she was working! She always had a big smile on her face, as her pain from constant contractures (common in CP individuals) was diminishing every day.

    This young woman was MY teacher!

  10. Vision_Quest2 says:

    Well, you are one of the more reasonable ones who let go of their ego a long time ago. Most of today's vinyasa yoga, on the other hand, has turned into a disco (note tonight's playlist–says my Facebook feed), complete with a bouncer that vets you on your body, your body type; and maybe even on how you're dressed.

    A couple of years ago, I'd seen on my Facebook feed a notice about an " '80s Style Yoga Class" and I made an overjoyed comment : Mild! Hatha! Go into Child's pose in between everything and at any time if you Want~ that's what '80s style yoga is (to me)…

    Then there were a couple comments: wear your leg warmers and your leotards …

    What planet am I on?

  11. Mr. Nervous Toes says:

    Get off my lawn!

  12. Vision_Quest2 says:

    I am not your droid and do not have the money to own a lawn … OR pay for kiddie playtime yoga, either!

  13. namastehon says:

    Planet Fitness of course! bwahahaha! I usually play music for my classes (all but the most traditional of Ashtanga classes) because most of the participants (particularly in corporate settings) need a little distraction from the asana kicking that ensues (they have no idea how tough asanas can be when practiced with proper form and with full attention!). I try to take a fun approach while keeping them safe so that they'll feel better afterwards and come back the next week (and one location asked, begged! me to add a second class). Pattabhi Jois once told David Swenson that most people approach the 8 limbs via the physical practice, but all the limbs are contained within the practice; "You do practice! All is coming!". Those who are truly interested in more not only stick to it but begin a deeper inquiry once their pain from old (or new) injuries, past abuse, etc have been dissolved away. This worked for me, it will certainly work for others.

    But first, we have to get them in the door, hence the silly combos we're seeing (I wouldn't teach a Heavy Metal Yoga class, but I did see one advertised!)

  14. Vision_Quest2 says:

    Sounds over-the-top, but I get your point.
    Whatever happened to New Age music ?

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  16. chad says:

    I'm thrilled for this guy, losing over 100 lbs in 9 months, and regaining his mobility and slim build. However, they've got to be leaving out dietary info. NObody loses 100 lbs in 9 months just doing yoga. Especially if, at the beginning, he could barely move himself. Let's have the whole story, please.

  17. chad says:

    And–the style of headstand he's doing? Whose bad idea is that???

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  19. ellenfein says:

    This incredibly inspiring and I was very moved by it. BUT these poses and his entry into them are potentially dangerous. as a yoga therapist watching this, I felt my concern increasing rapidly. yes, it is a moving video but it also reflects a student who had his motivation lit up without also developing the needed discrimination to recognize his own patterns and impulses and develop a safe practice.