Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga Program

Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) is a natural healing system based on Tibetan medicine and the body-mind disciplines of Buddhism. In this program, students will learn Kum Nye’s basic movement, massage, and breathing practices, which were designed by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku to promote physical and emotional health as they bridge the gap between the material and the spiritual.

Components of the Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Program include five required classes in Kum Nye and one elective class, four elective workshops and one elective week-long retreat in Kum Nye or a related area. Each class, workshop, and retreat presents a focused set of exercises and instruction designed to lead to a specific goal, such as balancing emotions or releasing stress.

Course Length

Minimum 1 year (52 weeks); maximum 2 years (104 weeks), minimum of 130 Contact Hours.

Course Schedule

Please note that this section will be updated soon! Required classes are offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:15—7:45 PM. Elective classes are offered in the evenings from 6:15—7:45 PM or from 8:00—9:30 PM, or in the mornings from 10—11:30 AM. Most elective workshops are held on Saturdays from 10:00 AM—4:45 PM. Elective retreats are offered throughout the year. Retreats typically begin on Mondays at 10:00 AM and end on Saturdays at 4:45 PM.

Course Objective

Upon completion of the Beginning Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Program, students will understand the basic principles of Kum Nye, will have knowledge of basic massage, movement and breathing practices, and should have an ongoing daily Kum Nye practice of at least one-half hour a day.

Program Requirements

Six classes, four workshops, and one one-week retreat. Five of the six classes are required; one is elective. The four workshops and the one-week retreat are electives. Students choose electives in conjunction with their student advisor.

Required Classes

Choose 5 (66 hours) (Need not be taken in sequential order)*

  • KNR101 Kum Nye: Promoting Spaciousness (15 hours)
  • KNR102 Kum Nye: Working with Lower Body Energy (15 hours)
  • KNR103 Kum Nye: Releasing Tension and Restoring Balance (15 hours)
  • KNR104 Kum Nye: Kum Nye to Balance Feelings (6 hours)
  • KNR105 Kum Nye: Expanding Enjoyment and Ease (15 hours)

Elective Classes

Choose 1 class (15 hours)*

  • KNR106 Kum Nye Self Massage (7.5 hours) (counts as half a class)
  • KNR107 Sunday Morning Tibetan Yoga (20 hours)
  • KNR108 Special Topics in Kum Nye (10-15 hours)
  • KNR109 Healing Power of Touch (6 hours) (counts as half a class)**
  • KNR202 Integrating Body and Mind (15 hours)
  • KNR205 Balancing and Integrating Body and Mind (15 hours)
  • MED101 Quieting the Mind (15 hours)
  • MED102 Developing Inner Serenity (15 hours)
  • MED103 Calm and Clear (15 hours)
  • MED104 Self-Observation (15 hours)
  • NPS105 Heart Practices for Daily Life (7.5 hours) (counts as half a class)

**Certificate Program Students will receive additional 1.5 hours instruction.

Elective Workshops

Choose 4 workshops (20 hours)*

  • KNR401 Renewing and Refreshing the Senses (5 hours)
  • KNR402 Expanding Enjoyment and Ease (5 hours)
  • KNR403 Opening the Heart (5 hours)
  • KNR404 Balancing Emotions through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
  • KNR405 Tasting Relaxation (5 hours)
  • KNR406 Joy and Spaciousness (5 hours)
  • KNR407 Tibetan Yoga for Sustaining Inner Balance (5 hours)
  • KNR411 Revitalizing Inner Energy (5 hours)
  • KNR412 Inner Alchemy: Transformation through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
  • KNR413 Embodiment of Beauty (5 hours)
  • KNR415 Stress Reduction through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
  • KNR416 Special Topics in Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
  • KNR419 Kum Nye Massage (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)
  • KNR420 The Art of Sitting Comfortably (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)
  • KNR421 Opening to the Power of the Natural World (7 hours)
  • KNR422 Healing Inner Space (15 hours) (counts as three workshops or half a retreat)
  • KNR423 Surrendering to Calmness (15 hours) (counts as three workshops or half a retreat)
  • MED401 How to Meditate (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)
  • MED402 Healing Sound (5 hours)
  • MED403 Calm and Clear (5 hours)
  • MED406 Light Awareness: Visualization in the Tibetan Tradition (5 hours)
  • NPR401 Dream Lotus Evening (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)

Elective Nonresidential Retreats

Choose 1 retreat (29 hours)*

  • KNR414 Generating Happiness from Within (15 hours) (counts as half a retreat)
  • KNR422 Healing Inner Space (15 hours) (counts as three workshops or half a retreat)
  • KNR423 Surrendering to Calmness (15 hours) (counts as three workshops or half a retreat)
  • KNR501 Tasting Relaxation (29 hours)
  • KNR502 Integrating Body and Mind through Tibetan Yoga (29 hours)
  • KNR503 Kum Nye: Touching Present Energy (29 hours)
  • KNR505 Tibetan Yoga for Healing and Energy (29 hours)
  • MED501 Silent Retreat (29 hours)
  • MED502 Finding Inner Peace (29 hours)
  • MED506 Reflection and Insight (29 hours)

*In individual cases, to further the educational goals of the student, classes, workshops, and retreats may be substituted for those on these lists with the written consent of the Program Director and the Chief Academic Officer.