Friday, 29 January 2016 16:01

Menopause Q & A

What are the biggest concerns that patients express about menopause?
A: Women frequently worry about their emotional state, changes to sleep patterns, problems with memory and concentration, hot flashes and vaginal pain during intercourse. A decline in bone density and cardiovascular changes can also be a concern.

What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
A: Menopause is a normal state of hormonal deficiency. The main goal of HRT is to replace limited hormones just enough to control symptoms and to protect the bone tissue and vaginal lining. If started early, estrogen has a cardio-protective effect, reduces risk of colon cancer, reduces inflammation in the body, and much more.

Are there ways to treat menopause without hormones?
A: Absolutely. Some women prefer not to use HRT and in some women it is simply contraindicated. Alternative methods include herbal supplements, various classes of medications, exercise, meditation, acupuncture, physical therapy and gravitational wellness.

Can estrogen be used alone?
A: Estrogen can be used without progesterone if the uterus is absent. Progesterone "controls" the lining of the uterus and reduces its risk of pre-cancer and cancer. It is highly recommended that systemic estrogen is used together with progesterone when the uterus is in place.

What is the most significant side effect of HRT?
A: In my opinion, it is stroke. Patients with hypertension, cardiac conditions, diabetes, obesity and previous thromboembolism carry the highest risk of stroke. The selection of candidates for HRT needs to be highly individualized.

People are often afraid of breast cancer when on HRT. What are your thoughts on this?
A: Breast cancer risk is not increased in women on estrogen alone. The addition of progesterone increases this risk only slightly. Multiple studies have shown that the survival rate in patients who develop breast cancer while on estrogen is better that the survival rate of patients who are not taking estrogen.

It sounds like you highly recommend HRT for women.
A: This is true. I highly recommend carefully designed HRT in very well-selected cases. At times combining HRT with alternative methods minimizes the hormonal dose, while controlling the symptoms beautifully.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 17:59

Into the Mystic

By Amy Meadows

You consider yourself to be a pretty healthy person. You exercise and eat right. You get enough sleep. By and large, you feel physically fit. Yet, something seems a bit off. You don't always feel like your body is in balance. It's almost like there's a piece of the puzzle missing. Maybe it's because you haven't been focusing on a certain element that could truly make you feel whole: your spiritual health.

True, complete health encompasses every bit of your being: your body, your mind and your soul. "The mind, body and spirit are interconnected. Although we talk about them as having distinct attributes, the spiritual view holds that this triad represents the wholeness of our being," says Dana Lisa Young, Reiki teacher and owner of Dragonfly Reiki. "It helps to understand that our bodies are dwelling houses for our souls. Physical health is influenced by the state of our mental and spiritual health. So, to be truly healthy, our efforts should focus on integrating all three aspects in our daily life."

In addition to the diet and exercise plans you've been following, you may want to consider adding a spiritual element to your health regimen. Because spiritual practices mean different things to different people, there are a variety of options available. You may find yourself turning to religion or a higher power. You may begin exploring mind-body practices that help ground and center you. Or you could look outside of yourself and find activities that give you a sense of purpose. As you embark on your spiritual journey, it's important to identify what speaks to you and how you can incorporate it into your life.


According to Father Miguel Grave de Peralta, director of pastoral care for Emory Healthcare, religion not only plays an important role in spiritual health—it is essential. As people think about spirituality, they often find themselves asking philosophical questions about the meaning of life. "It could be any major event or a series of small events that can trigger these questions—like the birth of a child, the death of a parent or dealing with illness," Grave de Peralta observes. "Religion helps to provide structure for that content."

SB-1-Into-the-MysticRegardless of specific tenets or rituals, religion in general gives people a foundation for facing a wide variety of situations. For instance, if you or a loved one faces a health crisis, being able to turn to your faith can help. "It provides an anchor in the midst of the storm," Grave de Peralta notes. "Studies have shown that when you are dealing with an illness [whether chronic or temporary], the role of spirituality is profound. It helps you come to grips with the reality of what you're experiencing. When you deal with an illness, it knocks you off balance. But spiritual exercises help us to regain or obtain that balance so we are able to maneuver these events in our lives."

Fortunately, Grave de Peralta reveals that there are many opportunities to find a religious path. He says, "We have an abundance of opportunities for religious expression and experiences in our culture." He recommends looking to your own past; if you've had religion in your life, you can always return to your roots. Or, if you are searching for a new religious direction, research the options or ask friends and neighbors for input based on their own journeys. Just keep in mind that the search may be a protracted one, which can be positive. "There are so many dimensions, levels and angles,'" Grave de Peralta notes. "[Those] who attain the most peace recognize that this is a very long journey."


For some, spirituality begins by turning inward. "Spiritual health is connecting with the ground of fundamental healthiness and sanity that each of us is endowed with. In Shambhala, we call this 'basic goodness.' This is goodness not in the sense of good versus bad, but goodness in the sense of basic wholeness or worthiness," says Chris Wenger, director of practice and education for the Shambhala Center of Atlanta. "When we do not have the experience of trusting and resting in basic goodness, we find ourselves in a constant struggle. We see and experience ourselves as separate from others and from the world. We grasp at experiences we want or push away experiences we don't want. This sense of struggle is the root of suffering."

SB-2-Into-the-MysticWhether that struggle manifests itself as physical or mental suffering, meditation can be a useful practice for controlling it. The simple—yet challenging—act of focusing your mind has numerous health-related benefits. In terms of the physical,
Wenger reveals, "There are a growing number of studies on how meditation helps people manage stress and chronic pain, develop a sense of well-being and so forth. It's not a replacement for medical treatment if that's what's needed, but it can significantly help people deal with physical challenges." And when it comes to spiritual health, which ultimately relates to overall health, he continues, "[Meditation] provides a way that people can begin to lessen their habitual struggles and adopt a non-aggressive approach. We often refer to this process as 'making friends with yourself.' We begin to see how we struggle, how we shut down and how we might open up and inhabit our lives more fully and genuinely."

Finding a community in which to learn the practice of meditation can be very helpful. According to Wenger, personal instruction and guidance can make all the difference in bringing your mind to a natural state of being open and alert yet completely at rest. "It's like receiving a recipe for baking bread or making cookies from a grandparent," he says. "We learn best when we receive the recipe in a safe and friendly environment where someone who cares about us can share knowledge and provide support. And it's both extremely helpful and rewarding to be around others who are making the same journey."

Mind-Body Practices

In the same vein as meditation are the mind-body awareness practices that have become very familiar and popular in recent years. From yoga's fluid body postures and mindful breathing to Tai Chi's slow, continuous movements and focused breathing, exercises like these are designed to connect you to your body while reducing stress and promoting wellness.

Also in this category is the practice of Reiki, a spiritual healing art in which "a Reiki practitioner uses light touch, either directly on or just above the body, to assist the body in restoring its self-healing ability for improved health and positive well-being," Young explains. This non-invasive practice works well as a complementary therapy and often helps to relieve stress and anxiety, pain and discomfort from injury or chronic illness and even some side effects from cancer treatments. Many hospitals and medical communities now offer Reiki as part of their treatment plans and options.

"Although Reiki is primarily known for its therapeutic benefits, it is first and foremost a spiritual practice," Young notes. "The heart of the Reiki practice is compassion and loving kindness, qualities advocated by religious leaders like the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis. Reiki is non-dogmatic and can be practiced alongside other religious or spiritual beliefs." It can even be part of a daily self-treatment regimen for those who are dealing with illness or live with chronic health conditions. "Anyone can learn Reiki for mind, body, spirit wellness," Young says.


While the mind, body and spirit are all connected, so are we to the people around us. That's why looking outside of yourself to find spiritual satisfaction can be just as rewarding and beneficial and focusing inward. And long-term volunteerism is just one way to reach out to help boost your overall health.

A report published in Psychology Today reveals that people who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains, and helping others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. This may be because people who volunteer often experience a "helper's high," a physical sensation—or "rush"—that involves the release of endorphins that make you feel happy and generally good. While it's important to protect yourself from stress and burnout if you dedicate yourself to a variety of volunteering opportunities, the positive effects far outweigh the potentially negative ones. In addition to distracting you from your own problems, volunteering will help you experience a true sense of compassion and gratitude.


The soothing and restorative qualities of nature help to reduce stress and anxiety, making you feel calm and balanced. In fact, countless studies have shown how nature impacts your physical well-being in positive ways. But it goes beyond the physical. According to a report from the Human-Environment Research Laboratory, spending time in nature connects you to the larger world around you, as well as to all of the people in it. This gives you a sense that you are part of something bigger than yourself—a key element in spirituality. And when you feel more stable in terms of your spiritual side, you will feel more complete.

SB-3-Into-the-MysticFortunately, it doesn't take much to reap the benefits of interacting with nature. You can do something as simple as enjoying some backyard gardening or as intoxicating as going on a hike in the mountains. You even can benefit from simply viewing images of nature—it is that powerful. So, if you have no other means to fulfill your spiritual needs, simply step outside and breathe in the natural world around you. It can do wonders for your body, mind and spirit.

Take Your Pick

In the end, the standing of your spiritual health is completely up to you.

"Spiritual health is vital for overall well-being—and it doesn't require retreating to a mountain cave to navel-gaze for days on end! Some spiritual practices and activities are one we can do on our own or with others, which adds to the depth and variety of connection we can bring into our life," Young concludes. "Good spiritual health cultivates a sense of gratitude, joy, peace and purpose. If we're not living for those things, then what are we living for?"


Dragonfly Reiki,
Shambhala Center of Atlanta,
Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare (formerly the Emory Center for Pastoral Services),

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 17:47

Leaving it All on the Mat

Diamond-dallas-page-DDPYBy Katherine Michalak

Diamond Dallas Page (a.k.a. DDP) fast-tracked his professional wrestling career at warp speed. He may have arrived a bit later to the party than most, starting at age 35, but he made up for the lost time, reaching the top tier of the industry within a few short years. In 1998, that success threatened to come crashing down when, at age 42, his injuries caught up to him. He had struggled with shoulder and knee injuries, and then, a final blow hit when he ruptured his L4 and L5 discs during stunt sequences for a film.

Hoping to avoid surgery, DDP searched for exercises to help him regain his strength and found nothing. "There was nothing out there. Nothing!" he said. His former-wife (and still business partner), Kimberly, urged him to try yoga, but he resisted with full force. "I said that I'd never be caught dead doing yoga," DDP confesses. Nope. No way. That wasn't for him. He couldn't get past the yoga stereotypes, claiming all of it was too "out there" to take seriously as a hard-core athlete. For this tough guy accustomed to heavy-duty weight training and regular body slams, yoga seemed like nothing but "spiritual mumbo-jumbo," and he continued to ignore the suggestions.

But as doctors advised retirement, proclaiming his career to be over, he softened his resolve. Page was desperate to make a recovery and ready to try anything to get back in the ring—anything—even yoga.

Reluctantly, he added yoga to his physical rehab routine. At first, he felt frustrated. He didn't know how to breathe correctly through the moves and couldn't find the right modifications to fully accommodate his injuries. He got mad. He refused to quit. He had a mission and he was, quite frankly, out of other options.

Within three short weeks, he started to notice a significant difference. This "spiritual mumbo jumbo" was working for both his body and his mind. Yet, he needed to amp it all up to regain strength. He played with the routines and movements, adjusting motions to suit him. He incorporated some of the techniques learned in his physical therapy. Gradually, he tacked on old-school calisthenics and then layered those with dynamic resistance. It took him awhile and he discovered for himself why yoga IS called a "practice." It takes, well, practice.

Page learned to relinquish a bit of control, to let things flow, to listen to his body and allow it to teach him. Soon he realized how much he could potentially teach others. If a yoga-based program could change him, when he had been so openly stubborn about it, then perhaps he could "change" existing yoga programs to bring these benefits to those who may also have previously rolled their eyes.

SIDEBAR-1-Diamond-dallas-page-DDPY"I see yoga like sushi. Years ago, I'd have never eaten sushi, and now I crave it." Page clarified, "I didn't start this for yogis, not at all, [they have] hundreds of different kinds of yoga." He wanted nothing of the traditional yoga culture that had turned him off, and he longed to inspire real people who thought they couldn't relate to some of the traditional yoga premises. He set out to develop a yoga practice for regular guys.

And those regular guys were exactly who filled his first classes.

Page chuckles as he recalls the way he opened those sessions. He'd fold his hands in prayer and acknowledge that most of the students expected yoga to be about "namaste." But then, "I'd raise my hands up into my diamond-cutter sign and announce that mine is about T&A — Tone & Attitude. Look, 90 percent of the workout is between your ears, [in] your inner voice, the story we tell ourselves. Everyone is ready to listen to the negative [voice in their head]. So many people start out with an attitude that they will just 'try it.' The spiritual end of my yoga practice is the power of 'I can. I can get there. I'm working on it.'"

Page quickly asserted that, despite the DDP YOGA title, he does not refer to his workouts as yoga. "This is NOT yoga, or at least not your momma's yoga. It's yoga-based, or yoga-inspired, but otherwise an entirely different experience." Page revealed that the resistance element of his workout caused a cardio advantage that surprised him. As he first developed moves that worked for his rehabilitation, he noticed that even minimal, low-impact resistance raised the heart rate. For example, that signature "diamond-cutter" hand symbol of his: the pressure of pushing fingers together and extending overhead registered a moderate spike on a heart-rate monitor. "We're flexing and engaging muscle. Every time you do that, you jack up your heart rate," Page explained.

The transformative DDP YOGA workout has garnered national attention. The story of disabled Gulf War veteran Arthur, went viral as he documented his own healing journey while following the program, and YouTube teems with similarly powerful video diaries of hope. In fact the interest in the workouts and testimonials led to the next phase of Page's mission — the DDP YOGA Performance Center.

SIDEBAR-2-Diamond-dallas-page-DDPYFor years, Page has recorded videos of various routines and posted them online. He realized that he needed a designated place to film those videos in order to produce high-quality programming for distribution. As he considered all the options, he knew he didn't want to be limited to producing only DVDs. He wanted to keep everything in-house — the videos, the classes, the production — and explore new possibilities for the brand. He needed to raise capital to do that, so the former champion wrestler went on the TV show "Shark Tank." That's right. He went on "Shark Tank," promoted his plans and was completely denied.

That appearance, however, rallied enough interest and sales to ultimately fund construction of the multi-use facility he'd planned. "I call the DDP YOGA Performance Center the house that 'Shark Tank' built," says Page. The Smyrna/Vinings workout and production studio once again shatters expectations with its combination of boutique-style rustic and urban-industrial design and innovative use of technology. Heart monitors on the classroom walls keep students informed of their bodies' responses. A variety of spaces, including the classroom area, double as studio sets for video production; there's a full kitchen set-up for DDP's healthy-cooking video segments and a green screen for movie-style special effects fun. His technology team headquarters there and is currently developing the DDPYogaNow app, which integrates all aspects of the programming into a convenient, entertaining format. The team recently segued into documentary film production with the highly-acclaimed and riveting true story of "The Resurrection of Jake the Snake," recently-released and garnering incredible buzz.

When evaluating the twists and turns of this career path, no one registers greater amazement than Page himself. He's overwhelmed by the direction the brand has taken, yet maintains that his overall goal is to continue serving those people dedicating their health to this program. Page humbly declares, "There's no fad to yoga. This is not a new thing. The practice is only as good as the teacher and the commitment." His commitment inspires a motivation that's revolutionizing fitness for countless grateful enthusiasts. Namaste, DDP, namaste.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:53

Look At Us Now!




By Alexandra McCray

Photography by Brian Reeves


The Busy Mom

As a business owner in the wellness industry, Abby Wright spent day in and day out helping others monitor their health, with little focus on her own. Determined to stay active with her children and to fight a strong family history of weight problems, Abby motivated herself with the book The Power Foods Lifestyle written by a personal training friend, Kristy Jo Hunt.

She joined the Body Buddies online program, learning how to eat right and keep weight off. Abby zeroed in on her goals and said no to some of her favorite things like eating chocolate and the occasional girls' night out.

1B-Abby-Wright-BeforeOver the course of a year, the weight disappeared. "How different I am today than I was then, not just physically, but mentally—70 pounds down and 100 times happier with who I am inside and out. I will never go back," Abby pledges.

She advises tackling one thing at time. Whether cutting something out of your life or adding something in, Abby believes that taking things one step at time can make even daunting goals attainable.



The New Dad

After his son's first birthday, Anthony "Tony" Cox realized it was time for him to get serious about his health—for himself and for his son. His first step was to actually step into the gym he had driven past hundreds of times on his way to work.

After learning to adjust his hectic schedule to include that gym time, he fell in love with CrossFit and with his workout routine. "Getting through the first couple months—dragging myself to the gym, that was hard, but then I really didn't want to miss it," says Tony.

2B-Anthony-Cox-BEFOREHe loves the competitive aspect of the workouts, which motivated him to push himself harder. The sense of community at CrossFit not only helped him begin to see exercise as enjoyable, but also keep his nutrition in check.

Tony didn't follow a specific diet but did reduce his carbohydrate intake and increase his protein consumption. He created a MyFitnessPal account, using it as a tool to track his eating habits while sharing his progress with friends. His dedication to his program and the support of CrossFit Perimeter coaches Cris Romano and Dave Flynn resulted in Tony's loss of 75 pounds in a year.

Tony proclaims, "I feel infinitely stronger and healthier versus how I felt at this point last year. I feel as motivated as ever and totally committed to continuing to get better. Truthfully, I feel proud of what I've accomplished, and I hope I can help to motivate people around me as much as possible."



The College Student

Fitness and exercise had always been part of Vanessa Rabb's life, but once she started college she found herself less active, eating her fair share of instant noodles and losing her fit physique. "The freshman 15 was more like the freshman 30," Vanessa reveals.

Family expressed concern over her increasing weight, but she dismissed them. "One day I weighed and measured myself. I was like, 'Wow, yeah, I need to do something about this,'" she discloses.

When a routine doctor's appointment showed a noticeable increase in her blood pressure, Vanessa realized the problem was no longer just about her appearance. She began squeezing exercise in on her lunch break, going to the on-site gym at her job.

After reading Toxic Relief by Dr. Don Colbert, she examined her food choices more carefully and cut out soda, bread, sugar and alcohol. She packed all of her meals each day and permitted herself one cheat day every week.

Seven months later, Vanessa stepped on the scale to see she had lost 70 pounds. "Steady diet and exercise—things that you don't think really work but do—you build habits to keep it off."

Vanessa says she can't help but share her weight loss story and report how much better she feels. She advises, "You get impatient with yourself when you're not getting the results you want, but it's usually because you aren't putting in the right amount of effort. Once you do that, and once you figure out what your problem is, you can really overcome it and start losing the weight."



The Empty Nester

With her daughter off to college and menopause fast approaching, Gloria Polard felt frustrated by the state of her health. When her doctor placed her on two hypertensive drugs, she thought, "This [is] it, and nothing's gonna change."

In May of 2015, Gloria attempted one last-ditch effort. With the help of Take Shape For Life® and a free health coach, Gloria learned the crucial role that nutrition plays in lasting weight loss. She adopted a low glycemic diet, eating small meals every few hours. "[I kept] my blood sugar level up so that I got into fat-burning mode," Gloria says.

She made those necessary lifestyle changes without feeling deprived. Events that could have easily been pitfalls, such as dining out with friends, were no longer focused solely on the meal. "Going out to a restaurant with friends—you're really there to be with the people around the table, [not] the food," Gloria now recognizes.

The final piece of the puzzle was exercise. At Orangetheory Fitness, Gloria tried a variety of workouts incorporating weight lifting, cardio and interval training, keeping the routine exciting and interesting.

Gloria hit her goal weight in six months, losing 40 pounds and eliminating prescription medications. In celebration of her own transformation, Gloria decided to pay it forward by becoming a free health coach herself.



The Genetics Fighter

After the death of her father, Jennifer Holloway looked back at old pictures and admired how he always jumped into a photo while she tended to shy away from that lens. The last time her father had seen her, she was obese, and her mother also struggled with obesity. Jennifer realized that while she could not change her past, she could certainly take control of her future. She no longer wanted to hide from cameras, and she refused to accept obesity as a constant part of her life.

Jennifer attempted the Atkins diet and quickly dropped 30 pounds; but shortly after, she hit a plateau and sought advice. She was introduced to a weight loss plan that encompassed both education and support; she began steadily losing weight each week, and keeping it off.

One hundred pounds later, she is now doing things she never thought possible — 5Ks, 10Ks, obstacle courses and hiking. Jennifer no longer avoids certain activities that had embarrassed her, and now she's first to pop in a photo.

"I feel like I'm actually living instead of existing. I have amazing energy now!" Jennifer exclaims. "Best of all — I finally know I can maintain this for life. What a powerful feeling. I want others to feel this way and find their true self!"



The Divorcee

Spurred by a painful divorce, Jason Dumestre decided to lose his excess weight for good. This time, he'd set goals, not for anyone else, but for the most important person of all—himself.

Some days it seemed challenging to convince himself to not skip a workout. However, once he noticed how great he felt as each pound dropped off, motivation was no longer an issue. In two years, Jason went from 297 pounds to 208 pounds with support from Body SymmetryMD. He pledges, "I'm not going back to where I was."

Jason says his weight loss has positively impacted nearly every aspect of his life, from improving his general health to increasing his motivation at work. He's now active and out enjoying life, instead of at home on the couch.

Jason advises, "Do it for yourself—don't do it for anyone else but yourself. Once you start seeing improvements, you won't want to stop."



The Sports Lover

Colette Fournier spent most of her life on the heavier side, unflattering on her small frame. After hearing about a 60-day transformation challenge at her gym, Blueprint Fitness, she decided to work towards a healthy weight for her height.

As part of that challenge, Colette emphasized portion control and cut out alcohol, but otherwise adopted a flexible approach to her meals concentrating on a menu of lean meats and vegetables. "I found that by not banning all grains, dairy, etc., I was more successful in consistently making healthy food choices and not feeling deprived," says Colette.

Colette was already active in social sports leagues, but made an even greater effort to incorporate more regular fitness into her daily routine. In addition to daily brisk walks, she went to Blueprint Fitness for strength training classes three to four times a week.

That heavy strength training ultimately changed her body composition, and she discovered a new passion. Colette says, "I love lifting really heavy weights. It's rewarding to know I can do a 200-pound deadlift, and I could not do that before."

Colette has learned that failing to plan is planning to fail. Every week, she sets herself up for success by simply preparing all her meals on Sunday. When it comes to making a lifestyle change, her motto for herself and to others is always "consistency is key, but everything in moderation."



The First-Time Fitness Competitor

After trying countless diets from "low carb" to "no carb," only to be frustrated that the scale wasn't budging, Teonna Leonard realized something else needed to change.

Teonna joined her husband and his friend/training partner at a gym and soon became inspired by that friend's "fit chick" wife.

This new mentor encouraged her to make small changes and focus on her nutrition, as well as exercise. "One day she just told me straight up, 'You need to make a commitment for yourself,'" recalls Teonna.

Soon, she began training for her very first fitness competition, joining Team House of Payne Personal Training to help prepare. Part of the program included taking weekly pictures, which allowed her to see the subtle changes shaping her body over time.

"On March 21, I was too embarrassed to wear shorts in public, and on October 31, I wore a bikini on stage at the Lee Haney Games. I was nervous but I did it." Teonna asserts. "You CAN change your body and change your lifestyle to be healthier and stronger."



The Yo-Yo Dieter

At the age of 24, Vivia Chengshi was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), saddling her with health risks such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. She became determined to beat PCOS and to finally feel comfortable in her own skin.

Vivia tried various diets and exercise routines on her own but had no luck. "The method that actually yielded positive and long-lasting results was knowledge. There is such a lack of awareness and knowledge about nutrition and exercise in our society," she notes.

With the help of ROC House trainers, she learned proper diet and exercise techniques, along with how to apply them to her daily life. "Changing your mindset isn't easy," explains Vivia; she struggled with readjusting her relationship with food to start fueling her body effectively instead of just slashing calories.

Vivia, who has battled with her weight since she age 11, says now, at age of 25, she finally feels free. "I feel like me now. I feel that the physical outside appearance now finally, finally, matches the inside," she professes. "It's made me a happier human being, a stronger person and a more well-rounded and positive individual."



The Empowered Instructor

Christina Russell fell into a deep depression after the heartbreaking miscarriage of her second child. That depression combined with anxiety triggered a habit of emotional eating, which led to weight gain. One day, Christina's young son placed his tiny hand on her arm, looked straight into her eyes and pleaded, "Smile mommy." She realized she had to regain her balance. Her husband showed her a video of disabled veteran Arthur Boorman, healing his body, mind and spirit through Diamond Dallas Page's yoga-based workout program. She felt inspired and hopeful, truly believing, "If he can do it, so can I." Christina lost 60 pounds, dropping from a size 18 to a size 6. Over a year later, she's kept that weight off, feels stronger than ever and now teaches classes at the DDP YOGA Performance Center.



Where To Go in Atlanta for Fitness

Blueprint Fitness

Body SymmetryMD

Concourse Athletic Club

CrossFit Perimeter

DDP YOGA Performance Center

House of Payne Personal Training

Kangoo Club Atlanta

Orangetheory Fitness

ROC House Women's Fitness Spa

Thunderbolt Power Yoga


Windy Hill Athletic Club

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:40

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