Kum Nye
Embodying Clarity 

 

 

 

"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. 

Joyful Breath

From the Kum Nye Yoga Text::
 
"Sit comfortably in the sitting posture (the seven gestures) either on a mat or cushion, or on a straight chair. Make sure your mouth is slightly open, the tip of the tongue lightly touching he palate ridge. Relax the throat, belly and spine. Begin to breathe softly and easily through both nose and mouth, without paying much attention to the process. This breathing is quite light, yet energizing. When you feel muscle tension, let the breath touch it gently and loosen it. Bring words and images to the breath and let the breath soothe and relax them as well. This soft breathing will quiet and settle your whole body.  Without trying to control the breath too much, let it gradually become even calmer and softer, until a quality of mellowness develops.
 
As soon as you feel a sensation--perhaps a feeling of something flowing in your throat and body--accumulate this feeling, not by trying to add anything to it, but simply allowing it to continue. Feel it more. You may feel the sensation moving to different parts of your body.
 
Practice this breathing for twenty or thirty minutes a day for about a week. As much as you can, become aware of the quality of your breath throughout the entire day.
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