Dahn Yoga is the study of life energy, based on the authentic mind/body training of ancient Korea and recreated for contemporary times by Ilchi Lee. “Dahn” means energy, vitality, and origin of life, and “hak” means study, philosophy, and theory. Dahn Yoga is the study of energy (Ki, Chi) and how to use it to regain true mastership of life by restoring mind/body communication.
Dahn Yoga practice is scientifically designed to work every muscle, tendon, joint, organ and gland, while moving fresh, oxygenated blood throughout the whole body. It teaches practitioners to experience their Ki- energy and balance the flow of energy within their bodies. The conscious action of focusing Ki-energy inside their body tends to stimulate their innate natural healing power. This enhances the abilities to deal with environmental stress.
Dahn Yoga helps people lead a healthy life by activating their energy system. It also enriches their emotional life by increasing creativity and sensitivity. And finally it helps them make their life significant by awakening to life’s truths. Dahn Yoga practice has over 5,000 years of history as an ancient Asian training art. It has been modernized as the name of Dahn Yoga to integrate body, mind and spirit into one, through stretching, breathing, and meditation.
“Ki” is the Korean word for cosmic vitality that is the true essence of every creation in the cosmos. It is also known as “Chi”. Most people begin their understanding of Ki-energy by experiencing it as bio-energy or the vital life force in the body. Ki-energy is the connection between the physical body and the conscious mind. When practitioners learn to control the Ki-energy in their bodies, they begin to understand that they have control over their bodies.
In the Orient, people have understood this energy and have used it in various fields such as oriental medicine, the arts, politics and culture for thousands of years. Recently, much scientific research has been conducted on studying the sources and power of life force energies. Dahn Yoga systematically teaches awareness of Ki-energy and how to integrate its use into daily life. With an increasing awareness of Ki-energy and connection to it, we can easily travel into our inner world. It helps us to recognize this energy as the ultimate source of all life and thus realize our true nature, that is, our true selves.