Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | March 3, 2010

Dahn Yoga Cult

I’ve seen two articles recently about Dahn Yoga and Taichi, one in Glamour Magazine and the other in Rollingstone. Apparently, there is a…I don’t know what to call it…a group of yoga/taichi studios that were developed by a man in Korea named Ilchee Lee, and the articles focus on accusations that the studios are run like a cult, and that people have been suckered into draining their bank acounts and maxing out their credit cards in order to become “masters” and “disciples” of this organization.

The descriptions in the articles certainly do make it sound like a cult, and it upsets me because it is taking something that has deep truth, yoga and tai chi, and bastardizing it for profit. It also gives the authentic, genuine people who practice a bad name. It’s also synchronistic that I ran across these two articles as I’ve gone live with my tai chi website offering courses in taoist meditation, qi gong, and tai chi, and it’s like a needle in a haystack, and trying to get people to offer up $99 for what I truly believe is genuine and authentic teaching is hard, but man, people will throw money to the winds to buy into this alleged garbage. $8,500 for a weekend seminar? Are people nuts?

But, perhaps this is as it should be. Maybe instead of trying to publicize the site and maximize my “seo,” I should try to hide it as much as possible, like a taoist master living in the mountains.

Or maybe I should just follow the wisdom of the tao te Ching–the master does his work and then steps back and allows things to take shape on their own. So, for the umpteenth time, anyway, check it out–it’s a good site!

P.S. I’m taking few days off from work in a few weeks to do a few more videos on taoist meditation and self defense techniques to add onto the site.



  1. […] the MyTaiChiLife blog, Mike Ferruggia writes, “people will throw money to the winds to buy into this alleged […]

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