Monday, June 01, 2009

Dahn Going Down In Arizona

File under: Gurubusting, The Siddhi of PR

It was only a matter of time, after all the other trouble they've been causing, but it looks like Dahn Yoga, a breathing cult from Korea, is starting an inevitable slide toward extinction (or a radical reinvention) in the States:
Dahn Yoga claims it can ease your stress, even heal your ailments. Dahn Yoga operates more than 130 centers across the U.S.

A new lawsuit filed on behalf of 26 former Dahn members alleges the organization subjects its members to “psychological manipulation”.

Experts say this organization fits the definition of a cult, adding that the accusations made in the 53-page lawsuit are not new.

Steve Hassan is a cult expert with more than 30 years of experience. The ABC15 Investigators spoke with him on camera in 2007.

“It’s a destructive, deceptive, mind control cult,” Hassan said.

He said he’s counseled more than 15 former Dahn followers.
It's a cult that gets pretty juicy in the middle:
Former members call these rituals “spiritual surgery” in the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, it happened at Dahn’s Sedona, Arizona Center. Retreats there also included "competitive events where losers were punished by sticking their heads in the toilet, drinking toilet water, licking and kissing the other members' feet on the floor of the men's bathroom”.
We misspoke. It's a breathing and ritual sadomasochism cult from Korea.

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At 6/03/2009 4:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to have so many folks in the Yoga marketplace. Increased competition will decrease the price. AOL folks watch out.

At 6/03/2009 5:31 AM, Anonymous ovajonaj said...

wait a min... do i see well..? you're advertising scientology??

i can't believe this...

At 6/03/2009 5:27 PM, Blogger jody radzik said...

Google AdSense does the ads. I have no control over their content. To be honest, I'm not worried a reader of this blog will fall prey to the Scientologists.

At 6/05/2009 5:43 AM, Anonymous ovajonaj said...

Well i'm not either, but looking at the page, it looked separate from google ads, and while change on reload, this flash ad is always the same, so i thought it must be a directly paid ad on the blog... which i couldn't believe, so i had to inquire :)

At 6/08/2009 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, a reader of this blog may very well not fall prey to Scientology...but still wouldn't you critizise the shit out of a spiritual organization/guru that makes money through advertising anything, including cult stuff?

At 6/21/2009 1:33 PM, Anonymous quackers said...

this sounds more like an s&m dungeon then a spiritual retreat

maybe they were having fun!


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