Every year, the month of June has a special meaning for Dahn Yoga because it is the anniversary of the formation of Dahn Yoga & Health Centers, Inc. in the United States. In its sixteen years of existence, inspiration, creativity, and growth have established a dynamic company at the core of a healing community.
At this stage in Dahn Yoga’s maturity, the company has begun to focus on what it can directly contribute to local communities and how the practice can also benefit people who do not choose to become members. This year, Dahn Yoga’s emphasis on meditation has created many opportunities for individuals to become acquainted with Dahn Yoga principles and expanded many people’s definition of what it means to be “healthy.” Additionally, many Dahn Yoga instructors have found new possibilities for realizing a vision of a “Hongik” society in which people act for the good of all.
This remarkable time of growth also serves as an opportunity for many practitioners to go back to basics and consider the origins and purposes of Dahn Yoga. The successful launch of the book, The Call of Sedona, by Dahn Yoga founder, Ilchi Lee, has been the perfect tool for connecting with Dahn Yoga’s roots.
When Ilchi Lee developed a unique system of mind/body practices integrating Korean Sundo teachings and traditional health, he had high hopes for the betterment of the lives of his countrymen. Lee recognized that the wisdom of their ancestors held the key to a brighter future. Thankfully, his vision for a brighter future led him to take on the challenges of introducing the practice far beyond cultural and geographic boundaries.
With a modest beginning in a South Korean park where he taught simple exercises to a stroke victim, the extraordinary simplicity and universal appeal of Lee’s holistic techniques were perfect for export and, in little more than a decade, have garnered enthusiastic recognition and practice in the international community.
The Dahn Yoga health approach holistically integrates ancient wisdom with modern life skills. Changing and adapting itself and finding new ways over the years to help people improve the health of their bodies, minds, and spirits, the practice continues to help individuals unlock their true potential. Dahn Yoga will stay true to its founder’s commitment to making the world a better place by reaching out to the community and finding ways to make the practice accessible to more and more people.
If we reflect on where we have come from and how we can more fully activate our creative potential, perhaps this year can be a “Sweet Sixteen” of expansion to reach more and more people!