"The unique value of the Kum Nye system of relaxation is that it integrates and balances two approaches, the physical and the psychological. Kum Nye heals both our bodies and minds, bringing their energies together to function calmly and smoothly."
Rinpoche Tarthang Tulku, Preface, Kum Nye Yoga
Kum Nye (pronounced KOOM NAY) was introduced to North America in the 1970's by Rimpoche Tarthang Tulku, and is now practiced worldwide. Kum Nye is part of a lineage which links Tibetan with Chinese and Indian practices. A gentle healing system that relieves stress, transforms negative patterns, helps us to be more balanced and healthy, and increases our enjoyment, energy and appreciation of life.
Unlike many yoga practices, Kum Nye is an exploration of our subtle body and our sensory world; a mindfulness practice of body, senses and feelings that gives us the space to go deeply into stuck, unconscious patterns, and release them effortlessly. It doesn't take long to discover a deep inner calm, a joyfulness, and lightness of being through these simple practices.
Classes are one and one half hours long, and involve gentle asana practices mixed with mindfulness, guided and silent meditation.
Sometimes Kum Nye seems more like hatha yoga, at other times, feels like Qi Gong. In all cases, Kum Nye stimulates the flow of energy to harmonize, balance and integrate the energies of body and mind. This occurs through movement and stillness. In our practice, we learn to do more than 'be aware of feelings', we enter and transmute feelings and move deeply into the joy that is behind all experience.