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Published: Monday, June 23, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Dahn yoga

Article ignored controversies

I was stunned to open the June 9 paper and see a full two-third page spread on the Dahn yoga studio in Everett. Business in our area must be as bad as people say if the best and most interesting article you can publish in a space that large is a thinly-veiled advertisement for what is more and more commonly seen as a cult in yoga pants.
A simple Internet search yields countless reputable sources discussing serious allegations of brainwashing and deceitful tactics at these Dahn-related locations all across the country. Their methods are the same, and their victims tell a story that is repeated so often and with so many common-threads that with all that smoke, the fire is sure to be close behind.
Yoga itself is a legitimate health and exercise regimen. But any yoga practice that worships a widely-accused criminal, attempts to disassociate you from your family and friends, dominates your time to make you an “instructor” for them, and cleans out your wallet with special healing sessions and retreats is worth keeping your distance from.
It would be nice if The Herald took a moment to research the type of businesses it gives such significant free space to. Perhaps worst of all is that lacking the banner of “advertisement,” the article gives an implied air of legitimacy. I can assure you, that is not what this type of group deserves more of.
Mark L. Norton
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