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Kum Nye Yoga

 
When we say yoga, we may automatically think of India, which is its birthplace. Over the centuries, however, yoga has made its way all throughout the world. Some forms of yoga have taken their root and influence in parts of the Orient before eventually making their way to the West. Kum Nye Yoga, for example, is rooted in Tibetan teachings and culture.

Pillars of Kum Nye Yoga


Like many forms of modern yoga, Kum Nye Yoga is rooted in many ancient pillars – Tibetan, in this case. Some inspirations for the practice include the Vinaya (ancient Tibetan text) and Lama Dancing (sacred ritual dances). Although it is rooted in ancient pillars, it does not follow a specific set of movements or gestures and has evolved over time.

What Is Kum Nye Yoga?


Kum Nye Yoga was founded by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche back in the 1970s. It is a type of yoga that focuses on self-healing and improving the balance between the body and mind It was initially designed to be part of a human development program in the Nyingma Institute in California. Since its conception, Kum Nye Yoga has become a chosen path for relaxation and balance by many followers.

Kum Nye is the Latin spelling of the Tibetan phrase Sku Mnye, which means “massage of the subtle body” in the literal sense. To understand Kum Nye Yoga, it is important that one understands the meanings of these three important aspects:

•Kum or sKu. This term refers to the subtle body. The subtle body goes beyond the physical, but embodies our total being and our presence in space.

•Nye or mNye. This refers to massage. However, this also goes beyond physical massage which most of us initially think of. The massage in this sense means interaction and stimulation. With Nye, we stimulate, refine and regenerate our energies and ourselves.

•Yoga. Yoga means integration since it integrates the energies of the body, mind, soul and emotions. Doing so allows us to experience oneness, wholeness and wellness.

Kum Nye Yoga is more than just exercise. It encompasses movement, massage and breathing to make up a gentle healing system which aims to transform negative patterns in one's life into positive ones, relieving stress and improving balance in both the body and the mind.

Classes alternate between movement and stillness while focusing on massage and breathing as well. Regular breathing helps us concentrate on the now and be aware of our presence. Concentration and focus helps people be mindful of their body, feelings and thoughts. While deep awareness is not achieved right away, constant practice allows us to develop this over time.

Benefits of Kum Nye


While not as popular as Ashtanga or Hatha yoga, Kum Nye Yoga has its own share of benefits. Like many forms of yoga, it promotes health by improving circulation, posture, digestion and the like. Kum Nye is also a perfect practice for those who really want to get serious with meditation. One thing that practitioners also love about it is the fact that it is accessible to all. Anyone can do Kum Nye Yoga regardless of age, flexibility or experience.

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