Tibetan Kum Nye Yoga and Massage | Self-Care and Self-Healing

Published: Feb 19, 2021 | Updated: May 19, 2022

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Tibetan Kum Nye Yoga and Massage | Self-Care and Self-Healing

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Based on ancient Tibetan medical and spiritual knowledge and practices (i.e. Tibetan Medical Tantras and Dzogchen) Kum Nye Self-Care and Self-Healing was brought to the West by Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in the 1970s.

The words Kum Nye literally mean “inner massage of the subtle body.” The practice consists of slow movements, stillness practices and postures, meditative, awareness, breath and sense exercises, and self-massage. There are quite a number of resemblances with Vipassana Insight Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong.

One of the fundamentals of Kum Nye is to release energy blockages and allow Vital Life Energy to flow unobstructed through body and mind to restore full sense awareness and the wholeness of our body-mind being.

Benefits of practicing Kum Nye include stress reduction, calming the mind, energizing the body, refreshing the senses, restoring a calm rhythmic breath, and cultivating inner knowledge and awareness.


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