In truth, the reason why I haven’t written about the 达恩瑜伽 controversy is because I 不要’对这种做法了解不多。 So last month when 24 practitioners filed suit in an Arizona U.S. District Court 声称该组织是一种邪教，在精神上胁迫他们并欺骗他们，我决定了解更多。
Dahn 瑜珈 is a Korean system founded by 伊尔奇 Lee which most closely resembles non-violent martial arts such as qi gong. Through the practice of simple exercises of the brain and body, Dahn 瑜珈 claims to enhance the mind body connection, also known as Brain Education. Based in Oriental Medicine, it includes asana like exercises and meditation elements. The practice is meant to lower stress levels, release tension, and improve quality of life. The main focus of the practice is to use your brain well, which includes working with energy in the body and mind in 类es like “meridian stretching.” Many aspects of this “yoga” more closely resemble eastern martial arts rather than traditional 瑜伽。
What 类ifies it as “yoga” as opposed to a martial art or eastern meditative practice is somewhat unclear. I didn’t find any references to 类ical 瑜珈 in Dahn. Perhaps it is because the stretching and 呼吸练习 have similarities to traditional asana and pranayama, or perhaps like many organizations and individuals who use “yoga” to define their practice, it is simply associating itself with the popular “trend.” The aspects that I look for in a 瑜珈 experience, though, are no where to be found. Not to say that this invalidates Dahn as a practice, but if you believe so strongly in the outcome of the practice, why depend 上 the word 瑜珈 to draw an audience. Instead, call it what it is, whether that be martial arts or otherwise, and trust what is being offered through the practice will draw the practitioners.
As a practitioner, student and 老师 of the practice and science of 瑜伽 taking a system and naming it 瑜珈 真实ly rubs me the wrong way. There is a growing community of like minded yogis who are working hard to keep the spark of 瑜珈 alive amidst all of the convolutions of the traditional practice. Many 瑜珈 老师s and practitioners are working hard to clear away the rubble of the 瑜珈 explosion and return to the foundation of the practice. It becomes difficult and confusing to newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike when they are inundated with hundreds of different styles and systems, many of which aren’t 瑜珈 at all.
But, for whatever reason, the Dahn system defines itself as 瑜伽 and it is making claims that it can heal the physical and mental bodies, alleviate ailments, and create a harmonious life by choosing the path of Dahn 瑜伽。 Like other systems that claim personal revolution and healing, the Dahn system is a members 上ly club, so 不要’t expect the secrets to be revealed until you pay your dues, literally. And, if you do, be aware that there are many non-yogic aspects to the Dahn system, which have been and continually are being addressed by those “members” who are speaking out.
Those who are pressing charges against the organization allege that the claims of a harmonious life are far from the 真实ity. Claimants are 指控组织从欺诈到性侵犯的一切。旧金山居民梅雷迪思·波特（Meredith Potter）说，她被期望在没有适当补偿的情况下工作很长的时间，并为该组织采购大量资金。
This is not the first time the Dahn organization has been 上 the receiving end of accusations. In 2006, the family of Julia Siverls filed a wrongful death suit against the organization after she died of dehydration while training to become a Dahn master. And, in 2002, a former Dahn employee filed a civil lawsuit in Alameda County, California for Unfair Business 实践s and Undue Influence. The goal of Dahn 瑜珈 “enlightening 100 million earth humans by 2010” as professed by Lee seems to have hit a snag at the moment, but 继续相信它的力量而不是缺点的人更多.
Have you ever practiced Dahn 瑜珈? What is your experience?