Creating Tools for Change
New York Times bestselling author, educator and mentor, Ilchi Lee has spent nearly three decades helping people create better lives for themselves. Lee has created Dahn Yoga, Brain Education and hundreds of other wellness programs and methods. A model for the self-improvement he teaches, Ilchi Lee is continually changing and continually creative.
Who is Ilchi Lee?
"Ilchi" is the name Lee chose for himself nearly 30 years ago, following a life changing spiritual experience. "Il" means "one" and "chi" means "finger." Combined, the word "Ilchi" refers to the index or pointing finger, indicating "pointing the Way." "The Way," referred to as the "Tao," is considered the essence of Oneness, the natural order of existence. Embracing the Korean Taoist tradition, known as Sun Do, Ilchi Lee awakened to the universal principle that humanity is connected to the Cosmos, the Earth and all of creation.
Following his life changing experience on the mountain, Ilchi Lee felt a strong conviction to share what he had learned. He wanted to help people become physically healthier so they could make healthy choices, recognizing how many people making healthy choices would help improve society.
The process of creating Dahn Yoga began with Lee teaching for free in a park in Anyang, South Korea, first assisting a lone stroke patient, and then training large groups of people. In 1985, after five years of lessons in the park, he rented a space in Seoul that became the first Dahn Center. The exercises he taught gradually evolved to include a wide variety of over 360 meditative and brain enhancement techniques, which he systematized into various programs and workshops.