A Review of DDP Yoga... and an Apology to Diamond Dallas Page
First, an apology...
The first thing I think I should do is apologize to Diamond Dallas Page. Like most Yoga enthusiasts, before I had even given DDP Yoga a chance, I had written it off as a gimmick to sell Yoga to the "bro" crowd. On top of that, I was pretty vocal about it when it came to talking to my friends in the who were interested in yoga.
Now, having given DDP Yoga a fair go for about a week, I can honestly say that not only is this not a gimmick, but its actually a legitimate style of Yoga all unto itself.
What is DDP Yoga Like and Who would like it?
The closest thing I can think to compare DDP to would be an intense Power Vinyasa class. This style of yoga appeals to a certain kind of yogi or yogini, usually the more dynamic (Yang) style and less deeply pensive (Yin) style.
For those of us into fluid yet powerful transitions from position to position, DDP has a lot to offer. On the other hand, for the Yin Yoga enthusiast who prefers long times holding each position and getting deep into the stretch, this may not be style for you.
DDP Yoga... At first Glance
That being said, some of my Yogi concerns did prove to be legitimate:
- DDP Yoga is very much into the "bro" aesthetic: At times it can be testosterone heavy to the point where I was confused if I was doing Yoga or MMA training.
- There is a palpable sense that this was created, at least in part, as the anti-yoga: The names of the movements are conspicuously changed to fit an American Pop-Cultural aesthetic (Warrior has become Road Warrior, Crow has become Black Crow)
- Finally, as I suspected and the main reason I initially avoided it: There is a wrestler screaming at you from time to time during the your movements. His name is Diamond Dallas Page... and he means business.
First, let's start with the positive things about this Yoga system.
This DVD does what it promises:
- You get a very intense workout: There are very few instances where poses are held for an extended time. He emphasizes the cardio aspect to the extent that he recommends a heart rate monitor during the practice.
- You develop lean muscle: There is also a bit of emphasis on dynamic resistance and muscle building.
- You increase flexibility, stamina, and balance: Like most Yogic practices, this DVD goes a long way to increase all of these things by building heat in the body and working vigorously.
If your goal for your yoga practice is to be in good physical shape without having to go to the gym, then this may just be the practice for you. This is a very Yang style of yoga that does not focus much on meditation or how to connect breath with movement. But, DDP does do a good job of creating heat in the body.