One thing I find interesting about Dahn Yoga is their ability to communicate their business so effectively to non-Koreans. I'm not hating on Koreans (remember, I'm a Korean-American and the darnest proudest one ever), but I am curious that a non-native English speaking business is able to manipulate the masses on an international scale.
I'm not just talking about the outrageous news reported on CNN and other media outlets. I'm talking about the everyday business that's conducted at your local Dahn center.
For example, Dahn offers a ton of seminars, workshops, and training courses outside of the yoga classes.* Most of these extracurricular events are conducted in Korean with a shoddy English Translator. The major events, ie, those that bring in over 20 people, are conducted in Korean by reps from the Motherland.
For non-Korean participants at these events, I wonder how the message of their enlightenment comes across. There are MANY students who eat this stuff up and caught up in the cult craze. What I find especially funny is imagining the reactions of the non-Koreans during the seminars. I mean, Koreans are quite animated and loud in situations of mass frenzy. Wouldn't the students be put off by these antics from the get go? My question is, how does the message translate when the cultures are so different?
Have you ever attended a Dahn Yoga event? Perhaps some of you went to "Shim Sung," which is their Superbowl of Dahn events. I'm sure there was an old comrade of Ilchi Lee's who was their flailing his arms around and lambasting your lives, your health, your relationships, and basically breaking you down emotionally before he said that the answer for your life was Dahn Yoga and the message of hope from their founder, Ilchi Lee. Barf. Gag me with a spoon.
Any insights, folks?
*Most of the yoga classes are conducted in English either by native English speakers or by Korean "masters" who have a fair handle of the language. Dahn Yoga centers that are located in heavily Korea-centric neighborhoods (like all the ones in Koreatown, Los Angeles) are conducted in Korean for their primarily Korean students by Korean instructors.