Yesterday I had to take my husband to the dentist for dental surgery. Long story short, the results were he has high blood pressure and the dentist “suggested” he get treated before he has a stroke. (Update he has since seen the Dr. and he wasn’t quite as worked up as the dentist…he put him on high blood pressure meds. but didn’t mention the stroke) As I ranted to him about him getting his act together, I realized he will do what he will do, I’m not his mother. This triggered my already exacerbated need to get my shit together. I know I should get off my ass and start my own exercise regiment that I’ve been putting off for 4 years since I recovered from my breast cancer and rehab and then shoulder surgery and rehab. How time flies while we’re procrastinating!
Everyday I say I’m going to get back on that horse and go back to yoga, but the horse looks too tall and scary! I’m afraid it’ll be too hard. I’m afraid they’ll hurt me. I’m afraid I won’t be able to do it. Wah, wah, wah. Suck it up buttercup….you won’t even know any of this unless you go! I know this intellectually, of course, but that doesn’t make it any easier to start the process……
So I immediately looked up mediation and yoga on the internet and found Dahn Yoga near me and thought I might have found the answer. When I got there and talked to John, a nice Korean man who told me I had come to the right place. Hmmmmm, he seemed pleasant enough, he made me a cup of hot tea, he held my hand and did a little pushing and prodding, (maybe reflexology?), then did a mini-massage on my shoulders which felt lovely. He had me fill out paper work and asked me to come back the next day for a class for $10 or I could join for $99/month or $299 for 3/mo. He was a little intense about the joining process especially since I had never even attended one class yet.
I was almost ready to go full speed ahead as I do with everything when a voice in my head said, “Evelyn….why don’t you Google this establishment and see what the WEB has to say about them!” And Boy, did I get an eyeful. It seems this Dahn Yoga “may” be a Cult-Like business that has been sued in wrongful death-suits that also tries to separate it’s members from their money. They have unusual practices by having their members hit themselves to get their blood flowing and stimulating their muscles……it’s a Korean type of yoga “different” from any other! They also seem to have expensive “retreats” where you may climb the ladder of devotee where measures of extremes are used, one being putting your head under water and holding your breath until right before you pass out among other things. I think I’ll pass! I guess it’s another case of if it sounds too good to be true it probably is….I thought I found it all – Yoga, T’ai Chi and Meditation rolled into one all in an hour and 1/2!
So my conundrum is do I go just to see how weird it is and write about it with experience or steer clear?
Let’s be sensible…..I just called and left “John” a message and said I would not be attending his class today at 9:30 am and I don’t know if I ever will be attending any classes. If I do he’ll see me when he sees me!
Check out the article in the Rolling Stone….2010…. RS 1098 – The Yoga Cult.
What do you think? Have you heard of them? Have you had any experiences like this?
© Evelyn Garone 3/13/13