Linda Karen Kaczur
January 6, 2010
Ms. Janelle Rodriguez
Executive Producer, Campbell Brown
Dear Ms. Rodriguez:
I am writing to inform CNN of my long standing wonderful experiences with Dahn Yoga. I have been an active member since the year 1998 or so, when I was 49/50. I have attended a lot of their special programs and trainings i.e. Healing Chakras, Shim Sung, Initial Awakening, Best 5, Healer Training School, as well as other special events too numerous to annotate. I have enjoyed my association with the Dahn organization over the years, and have noticed significant improvement in my health, physical, emotional and awareness of my spiritual self. I am now 61; after 11 years I am more grateful everyday for the masters who have trained me and healed me, showed me how to heal myself and my body, how to better manage my emotions and showed me a simple method of bringing more joy, peace and happiness to my life. I had tried other types of yoga, exercise, and dance, however, none provided the depth of results in so many aspects of my life.
My name is Linda Kaczur, I am an ex-college modern dance and art history major, an award winning interior architect and designer of 40 years, an artist, a writer, and I am a healer. I have worked and am continuing to work with people of all ages to help them to achieve their potential in their lives, by practicing to live healthier, happier lives through art, dance and design. I teach Dahn Yoga at the beach every Saturday to those who wish to join me, and after a year of free classes, I am, at the insistence of my students; just now beginning to charge a small fee for doing so. My students felt that I have helped them so much, that they wanted to show their appreciation for doing so on a weekly basis. I have derived a great sense of satisfaction of being important in their lives, and helping them to feel healthier and better about themselves.
When I first discovered Dahn Yoga, I was suffering from a herniated disc that had kept me from walking down the aisle on the day of my wedding. Caused by stress, the doctor said that my leg and foot would always be numb, and not to do twisting, or bending forward exercises. It is a good thing that I never really listened to him. One year and half later, I did walk down the aisle, and having totally recovered from what could have affected my life forever.
Through exercise, meditation and awareness of self, I not only gained full recovery, but have gone on to enjoy the full use of my body, and developed not only more bodily strength, but also great peace of mind. My body is mine; my mind is mind ~ a Dahn principle learned through concept, then practice, and lastly the best individual experience and results. I can honestly say that I wake up each morning with great joy, knowing that I am truly the master of my own body’s health and well-being. That’s not to say that the stress has disappeared, anyone who lives in this day and age will tell you it never stops ~ however, it is how you learn to deal with life, and the stress that comes with it ~ it is what matters the most and has made all the difference in my life.
Exercise increases the circulation, fortifies your immune system, and lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol. My body has benefited from the Dahn exercises and they are simple and easy to do. The
only person you compete with is yourself to do deeper stretches, longer reaches, take steadier strides ~ in
short, little by little with practice 3 times a week, you lengthen your muscles, lubricate your joints, bow more respectfully and sometimes a little faster; and build your strength and flexibility ~ much like a dancer.
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In fact, yoga is so complimentary to any other type of exercise, that as an ex-college modern dance major, I really appreciate stretching and lengthening my muscles, while also creating more flexibility and balance. Bowing is a wonderful full body exercise, much like swimming, your whole cardiovascular system, mental and physical balance and muscles work in unison while building your body’s strength, agility and stamina, one bow at a time. Eventually by practicing every day, just simple bowing, whether 21 slow bows, or 103, or 300 ~ you can easily do 3000. I did, I was almost 50 when I did, and the first 2000 were easy, the last 500 a little less easy, but I did it ~ and I felt great! It was a great personal achievement; especially for someone who was told that my body would never be flexible or totally healthy again.
During my eleven years, I have never been asked to worship Ilchi Lee; however, I greatly respect his efforts to sincerely help people by guiding them, being an example to emulate and his dedication to lead people in simple ways to healthier, happier lives.
During my eleven years, I have never not been allowed to make my own decision about my health, my mental state, or physical being ~ nor have I ever been advised anything other than to respect my body, my health and myself in all things.
During my eleven years, I have only experienced professional teaching and training of the highest caliber, by individuals who were kind, respectful and caring of me as an individual in all matters, including professional, open and honest in all our business transactions. They are a “spiritually” based business, and they do very well in balancing the realistic needs that any business deals with the invisible world of how energy really can work in any business ~ with heart and soul in tact!
Recently, I was also present for the dedication ceremony for the Mago Statue. I felt and feel that this statue symbolizes the hope for humanity and the earth. The celebration was about sharing in the long wished for achievement of beginning the development of the Mago Peace Park ~ a place that could not only express the vision of hope for peace for humanity by Ilchi Lee, but also of those who share in this vision. I share a similar hope that the statue will be the symbol for reminding people of their intimate connection with the well being of our planet, and our individual and ultimate responsibility to earth and each other. I hope that all persons who will see the statue will stop to reflect on what connects us to each other, rather than what divides us in our minds, so that we may join together to heal ourselves, each other and our planet ~ before it is too late.
I understand that CNN is a news magazine, and that they make their money by causing “sensationalism” in the news ~ but who does this serve, how does this add to the evolution and growth of humanity? CNN has overstepped the honest reporting of news to one who utilizes news sharing practices that only create controversy rather than solutions and causes biased discussions that hurt and do not heal, and does so at the expense and disservice to the whole of humanity ~ worldwide. I hope that through this “exposé” that they will hear a higher call to honor those of vision, call to truth the abusers who want only to gain monetarily, and that CNN can become a catalyst, a leader of truth and honesty that can shape a world of respect ~ for ourselves, for humanity, for our planet. Peace starts from within, and radiates outward ~ touching and changing everything, including ourselves, our families, our world, and our planet. When will we wake up to this reality, which we can create?
Respectfully & Sincerely Submitted,
Oceanside Center, San Diego
Cc: Shirley Powell