Video of Former WWE Star's Inspirational Student Is Among 2012's Most Watched

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterDecember 27, 2012

photo credit: TNA
photo credit: TNA

Former WWE superstar, Diamond Dallas Page is responsible for one of 2012's most viral videos.

When no other yoga instructor would take him on, disabled veteran Arthur Boorman turned to Page, a decision that led to a complete metamorphosis.

The inspirational video of Boorman going from hobbled and overweight to trim and running has made its way around the Internet, shared by over 450,000 people on Facebook and watched by over 7 million viewers on YouTube.

Boorman's story made Mashable.com's list, 10 Videos that Inspired in 2012 as well as The 10 Best Viral Videos you missed in 2012 VentureBeat.com

Diamond Dallas Page most recently returned to Raw to leave Heath Slater flat on his face.

Before that, he suplexed and slammed men like Big Show, William Regal and Sting on his way to capturing multiple championships with both WCW and WWE.

Page briefly worked for TNA before retiring.

Today, Page runs DDP Yoga, a program that infuses resistance techniques into yoga.

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The now-svelte yogi proclaims that his program is, "not your momma's yoga." Boorman's amazing story is featured prominently on the DDP Yoga website.

Boorman served as a paratrooper in the Gulf War. He returned with major back and knee pain. Doctors told him he'd never walk unassisted again.

Inactivity fashioned a heavier version of himself. Boorman got up to just under 300 lbs.

Boorman told Prevention.com, "I was in pain. I could not move very quickly. I was on crutches, had a back brace, leg braces, and a CPAP machine. I had an incident at my school one time where I actually passed out in front of a class."

Yoga instructors shied away from teaching Boorman.

Luckily for Boorman, he discovered Page's yoga program and began a monumental trek back to normalcy. In this before-and-after photo, Boorman shows off Page's signature "Diamond Cutter" hand gesture.

It's stunning to see him go from an overweight man adorned with knee braces to a slimmer, happier version of himself. More impressive is Boorman's shift from barely mobile to running.

In an interview at a local NBC affiliate Boorman was asked to describe running for the first time in years. He said it "felt like flying" and talked about how gravity had held him prisoner for so long.

Boorman can thank Page for being his Sherpa on that arduous physical and emotional journey back to good health. Page can thank Boorman for providing a more emotional tug than any commercial could have.

It's unlikely that DDP Yoga will ever have a more stirring testimonial than Boorman's.

Page's post-wrestling career may have come as a surprise, but will certainly have a positive impact on Boorman and the many people who watch Boorman's story.

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