Yoga instruction can seemingly be about vigorously exercising or stretching one's tendons and muscles to the limit, but Dahn Yoga is not so much a physical regimen as a mental and spiritual discipline.
One instructor from San Francisco, California, recently debunked a number of common yoga myths, particularly those that make the system seem like a closed-off cabal of double-jointed circus performers.
Dawn Summers, who teaches individuals of all ages and body types to relax and search within themselves, says that the mind-body system is not just for the limber.
"I've heard so many people say, 'I'm not flexible enough to do yoga,'" Summers relates. "Can you breathe? Can you move your body even a little bit? Then, apparently, rigor mortis has not set in and you are flexible enough to do yoga."
Likewise, the teacher noted that yoga is not a religion, nor is it a Hindu-based system. Instead, as she puts it, the regimen is a "system of transformation."
For those who hope to improve their health, increase their relaxation or simply balance life with work and family, Dahn Yoga offers a number of benefits, both obvious and subtle.