Along with promoting health and wellness among communities across the country, Dahn Yoga strives to spread knowledge of Korean culture. In its monthly newsletter, Dahn Yoga Life, the organization teaches practitioners about East Asian principles with its "Learn Korean" series. These articles provide definitions to Korean words and phrases and describes the deeper meanings behind them.
In October, the series focused on the word "Han." This single character has deep and varied meanings that can't be easily described using one English word. It encompasses the concepts of largeness, centrality, wholeness and a greater being. It is most accurately translated as "a great, wide, bright something that is one and yet encompasses all."
This word shows up often in the practices of Dahn Yoga, which is a form of mind-body training based in Korean culture and values. In fact, founder Ilchi Lee greets students with this expression when overseeing training sessions. People who engage in this exercise can come to truly understand Han while striving to clear and deepen their consciousness through meditation and a greater understanding oneself and the world around us.