Next week will mark my 6-year anniversary of becoming a member at the Dahn Yoga and Tai-Chi Center in East Meadow, NY. I began due to physical ailments associated with the after effects from the C-section I had during son, Julian’s, delivery two and half years prior. Those ailments included sciatica, back spasm, insomnia, sinus headaches and chronic sinus infections, tendonitis in my shoulder, shallow breathing, digestive issues and a lack of energy. Those physical problems carried with them feelings of depression and anxiety.
In my first class I remember thinking how different it was from any other Yoga I practiced in the past, and at first I was skeptical. By the end of the class when I experienced feeling energy for the first time during the meditation, my skepticism was replaced by curiousity. I became so curious about myself. I didn’t know that I was able to feel energy, so I wondered what else I could learn about myself.
And so began what is still an on-going process of self-discovery. Through every workshop and training program that I have ever experienced, and also from what I have witnessed of others’ experiences, Dahn Yoga and Brain Education training is simply a means to more deeply discover oneself. They are opportunities of self-reflection and a deep meditative awareness of our existence, which naturally leads us to look for meaning and purpose in our lives.
Inside myself I found a deep sense of love and peace more profound than anything I knew could ever exist. I discovered a power inside of me that was untapped. I uncovered a compassion for the Earth and all of it’s people that it made my soul tremble.
Inside myself I found a sincere yearning to help others awaken to thier true potential and discover the power that lies within themselves as well.
My journey this far would not have been possible if it weren’t for the hundreds of others I encountered on this path. Foremost, nothing would have been possible if it weren’t for Ichi Lee who started on this path all on his own 30-years ago, and who has so tirelessly and courageously devoted his life to healing himself, the Earth and humanity.
I am so grateful to Master Lenny, who did my introductory session. For had he not offered me that 10% discount on a 3 month membership for signing up that same day, I would have been too cheap to even get started! He set a great standard, along with Master Kim, as an example of strength, compassion and positivity for me to strive toward.
I am grateful to the countless healers and masters who supported me along the way. To the trainers in Mago Garden, Sedona that helped me glimpse that another world full of hope and healing is possible, I am grateful.
I am especially thankful to the previous American masters, many of whom have since quit Dahn Yoga, and even a few who are now plaintiffs in this unfortunate lawsuit. Without their first steps I wouldn’t have thought it possible as an American that I could go so far.
And of course I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation to all the members of the East Meadow Center and the New York region who have watched me grow and supported me wholeheartedly on this path. As a pony-tailed member in the back of the room who didn’t wear a uniform in the beginning, to a District manager running 2 centers, IA and Shim Sung Trainer, and with an instuctors credit on 2 Dahn Yoga DVDs, I have come a long way! But I remain humble knowing that I wouldn’t have moved a foot on this path if it weren’t for all those who listened, who shared, who encouraged me and nurtured what was bright and shining inside of me.
To those who attend classes and allow me to share what is in my heart every day, I say “Thank you!”
And finally I offer my thanks to my family who has had the patience and understanding to keep loving me through the many transitions this life has brought about. To my parents who help raise Julian, I appreciate all you have done for us. Although you don’t understand why I work so hard, for so little pay, and why I spend my weekends at workshops instead of at home with the family, thank you for continuing to love me anyway.
To my amazing husband David, who encouraged me to attend my first YEHA camp, who has for the last 10 years shown me what it means to love another person unconditionally, who trusted in me enough to find what he needed to heal in himself, who found a passion to bring hope to the lives of children through this practice, and who walks beside me on this path, I am eternally grateful.
And to my beautiful son Julian, may you understand your parents some day! It was on the day that you turned 6-weeks old that two planes crashed in to the Twin Towers. Your daddy was stuck in Manhattan and made to walk over the 69th St Bridge to come home to us. I saw on that day that our country would engage in an endless war to make others pay for our suffering that day, and to strike fear into the hearts of those that took away our feeling of safelty and security that only Americans have known. I felt terrible to bring you into a world of war and destruction, a world of fear and vengence. On that day I promised you that I would work to change this world for the better. i would l find a way to create an alternative way of living. I found that way and although you may not get it or always like it, I devote myself to this path for you to live full of hopes and dreams, for you to know who you really are and to live for your life’s purpose, so that the world will benefit greatly for all the gifts you have to offer it. The world is waitning for you Julian!
Even as there are those acting to stop us from doing the work we do, I know there are thousands more cheering us on to keep going. As I offer my thanks to you I also offer you my promise to not give up on this path. We will create the world we dream of as long as we have hope!