In our world of yoga(dork) news we’ve reached the conclusion that this malarkey is hardly relevant. Or is it?! When you call it “yoga” you know we’re gonna have something to say. Some of you may be familiar with the organization known as Dahn Yoga, or maybe you read our coverage on the wacked out lawsuits that emerged earlier this year from 26 of its former members claiming “psychological manipulation”, brainwashing and “bizarre rituals” (it’s been one of YD’s most frequently commented posts even now). To say this cult-like organization is creepy is a gross understatement. Were we aware that the group’s founder 57-year-old Seung Huen “Ilchi” Lee, the guru accused of sexual assault, was the man behind NYC school’s “Brain Education” program? Nope!
Apparently the Department of Education didn’t know either and has already shelled out close to $400,000 over the past 3 years for the “Power Brain Education” program in 44 schools, says the NYPost, and may have continued on pumping the dough if not for the Post‘s inquiry of the “BE” and Lee connection. There are all sorts of kooky allegations in relation to Dahn, and Ilchi Lee, like the one where Julia Siverls, “a fit, 41-year-old CUNY professor” collapsed and died during an endurance hike in 2005 after being drugged and forced to hike in the Arizona desert with 40 pounds of rocks on her back with little water. What? The case was settled out of court last year. There’s lots more.
So you can imagine some parents are quite miffed to hear their kids are being fed the teachings of an accused cruel and unusual brainwashing cult-leader! And that’s just the teachers. Oh we kid! Seriously, a Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall” moment right? oh nevermind. Anyway, Dahn officials claim there’s no link between Lee and “Brain Education” and conveniently omit the fact that the program is branded with his name and Lee himself visited PS 65 in the Bronx this year to personally teach those young malleable minds. And so, BE is be-gone. The only problem? The kids seemed to like it.
We’re too bugged out to delve into the heart of Dahn, so we don’t pose as experts on the subject. And we support yoga in schools! However, if you ask us this is still super creeptastic…see the video below for yourself. Did anyone watch “V” last week and note an eerie correlation in the calm measured tone? You can’t have our brains! *shiver*