Beginning Kum Nye

Beginning 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.

Objective: Upon completion, 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.

Length: Minimum 1 year; maximum 2 years.

Program components: 6 classes, 4 workshops, 1 retreat.

Program Cost: $1,500. May be paid in quarterly ($375) or monthly ($125) installments.


5 required classes (may be taken in any order):

KNR101 Beginning Kum Nye: Promoting Spaciousness

Kum Nye teaches us to live spaciously as it gently moves us beyond perceived limits and boundaries. Students open the senses and then navigate the space of sensations, emotions, and perceptions, moving toward an integration of body and mind.

KNR102 Beginning Kum Nye: Working with Lower Body Energy

In this course, Kum Nye exercises will be presented that energize the belly, hips, legs, and spine. Bringing awareness to the lower part of the body in this way counteracts being ‘stuck’ in our heads and brings us in touch with the vitality of our full embodiment.

KNR103 Beginning Kum Nye: Releasing Tension and Restoring Balance

SUMMER 2013: June 12- August 14, Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45 PM

Kum Nye movement and awareness exercises help release physical and emotional tension. Practices in this course will focus on giving students tools to restore balance to their lives and deepen their spiritual awareness.

KNR104 Beginning Kum Nye: Kum Ne to Balance Feelings

Gentle movement practices expand and balance feelings, harmonizing body and mind. A sense of deep fulfillment arises as students connect more fully with their senses.

KNR105 Beginning Kum Nye: Expanding Enjoyment and Ease

A series of Kum Nye practices that help to reduce physical and mental tension are combined with practices that expand the enjoyment of each of the senses.


1 elective class chosen from the following:*

KNR106 Kum Nye Self Massage

A ‘hands-on’ class in Kum Nye self-massage. Students will be led through slow massage routines that promote relaxation and deepen their sense of physical presence. (Counts as half a class.)

KNR107 Sunday Morning Kum Nye (students must attend ten sessions for credit)

Students learn to re-awaken a spirit of ease and appreciation with gentle Tibetan yoga practice that relaxes body, breath, and mind. A range of Kum Nye movement, massage, and breathing exercises is given in each session.

KNR108 Special Topics in Beginning Kum Nye

This class features special practices from Kum Nye that may include breath work, massage, movement, and visualization. The focus is on allowing each participant to discover his or her own healing process through Kum Nye.

KNR109 Healing Power of Touch

An introduction to Kum Nye self-massage. Students will learn how to sensitize the hands to feeling and how to apply the slow, flowing strokes of Kum Nye massage to face, hands, and feet. (Counts as half a class.)

MED101 Beginning Meditation: Quieting the Mind

Learning to meditate is one of the best ways in which we can take care of ourselves. We develop the clarity of our minds and cultivate inner tranquility. This course presents key meditation techniques that also help balance the emotions. The focus is on quieting the stream of thoughts.

MED102 Beginning Meditation: Developing Inner Serenity

Meditation allows us to tap a deep source of inner peace that can protect us from suffering and frustration. Through sitting meditation, walking meditation and mantra practice, students learn to relax tension and cultivate equanimity. The focus is on reducing mental distraction.

MED103 Beginning Meditation: Calm and Clear

Meditation both calms the mind and leads to insight. Students learn how to foster both through clear, simple instructions for beginning or revitalizing a meditation practice. The focus is on the process that leads to insight and overcomes resistance.

MED104 Beginning Meditation: Self-Observation

The focus of this course is on observing the mind, emotions, and feelings. Students will learn how to stay mindful in a relaxed, but concentrated manner. Basic meditation practices will also be presented in a manner that helps make wholesome self-discovery a way of life.

NPS105 Heart Practices for Daily Life

(counts as half a class)

This five-week course is about how to keep the heart open in the midst of activity. Course presents awareness exercises that help sustain emotional balance and ease. Discussion will highlight practical ways to bring compassionate values to work and family life.


4 elective workshops chosen from the following:*
Workshops begin at 10 AM and conclude at 4:45 PM unless otherwise noted.

KNR401 Renewing and Refreshing the Senses

A day of restful Tibetan Yoga exercises to refresh the senses. Students will be taught ways to nourish each of the senses, inviting an ecstatic interaction between the ‘inner’ senses and the outer object. Students will also learn how to contact feeling tones within each sense.

KNR402 Expanding Enjoyment and Ease

A coordinated series of Kum Nye practices is offered that expand the senses and foster appreciation and ease. These exercises will help students to develop joyful relaxation within daily activities, allowing them to approach the new activities with inner confidence.

KNR 403 Opening the Heart

The heart holds the key to leading a happy life in harmonious and loving accord with others. Kum Nye practices open the heart to deep levels of feeling and appreciation. This workshop includes exercises that loosen physical tension in the chest and upper back.

KNR404 Balancing Emotions through Tibetan Yoga

Kum Nye exercises relax and heal both body and mind. Movement, breathing, and awareness exercises transform tension and restore emotional balance, easing the stress of everyday life. Students will master exercises that can be used both in formal practice and in the midst of activities.

KNR405 Tasting Relaxation

The relaxation that comes through Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) practice is like a rich nectar that flows through the body and feelings. This workshop presents practices that allow participants to ‘taste’ this deep relaxation.

KNR407 Kum Nye for Sustaining Inner Balance

Kum Nye movement, breath, and sitting practices balance body and mind as they stimulate deep feelings of joy. Students learn techniques that help sustain a balanced and joyful outlook throughout the day.

KNR411 Revitalizing Inner Energy

In Kum Nye there are various ways, including both movement and stillness, that stimulate the flow of feeling and energy in the body/mind. Gentle movement and breath exercises lessen chronic physical and mental tightness sensitizing the student to subtle qualities of feeling that restore our inner vitality.

KNR412 Inner Alchemy: Transformation through Tibetan Yoga

A remarkable transformation occurs through Kum Nye, mobilizing the body’s natural healing as it literally remakes the physical body. The movement exercises introduced in this workshop stimulate the flow of subtle energy that can lead to remarkable changes in body and mind.

KNR413 Embodiment of Beauty

The physical senses are capable of receiving great beauty, bringing moments of exquisite feeling and deep satisfaction. To activate this capacity for beauty, confusion and repressed anger must be cleared out of the pathways of the senses. The Kum Nye practices introduced in this workshop initiate a stream of inner feeling that cleanses each sense.

KNR414 Opening the Field of Awareness

Students work with introspective practices that focus on how the senses interact with mind and self. These practices work to break free of the ordinary chain of perceptions that lead to misery. Students learn to rest within the open space of awareness, simply ‘seeing,’ ‘feeling,’ and ‘knowing’ beyond interpretations or labels. (Counts as two workshops or half a retreat.)

KNR416 Tibetan Yoga: Merging Movement, Breath, and Awareness

Tibetan Yoga teaches how to unify physical action with breath and awareness. In this experiential workshop, students learn practices that can help integrate physical and mental experience, leading to a greater sense of wellness and wholeness.

KNR417 Kum Nye Massage

In this workshop, instruction in self-massage is complemented by an individual session with a massage therapist who works with students to open, release, and energize the flow of feeling in the body. (Counts as half a workshop.)

KNR420 The Art of Sitting Comfortably

This workshop is for those who have trouble sitting cross-legged on the floor. Students will be led through a motion assessment of back, hips, knees, and ankles. A variety of sitting strategies will be introduced and a program of Kum Nye exercises will be tailored for each student, taking into account his or her specific motion limitations. (Counts as half a workshop)

KNR421 Power of the Natural World

The natural world—sky, earth, water, trees, and flowers—becomes our meditation. Tibetan Yoga practices open our senses so that we can receive natural beauty more freely, seeing the interconnectedness of all existence. Held at our country center, Ratna Ling, with its forests and meadows, most of the time will be spent in nature.

MED401 How to Meditate

This workshop is for beginning students, and for anyone wanting to try meditation again. Sitting, walking, and breathing practices and simple Tibetan chanting will be introduced. (Counts as half a workshop.)

MED402 Healing Sound

There is an art of deep listening that hears all sounds as music and recognizes a vast healing silence at the very heart of all sound. This workshop blends music, mantra, and silence to inspire this realization.

MED403 Calm and Clear

Traditional methods to ease the mind into “the sky of simplicity” will be presented including meditations for calming the mind (shamatha) and meditations to expand insight (vipassana).

MED406 Visualization in the Tibetan Tradition

Precise instructions for how to develop visualization will be accompanied by an overview of how these practices are used as part of the Tibetan path of mental development. Workshop will include meditation exercises that contact a higher awareness.

NPR401 Dream Lotus Evening

This workshop offers instruction in dream yoga practice and in practices that relax tension in the throat area. An additional half hour of instruction in the practice will be given to Program students (counts as half a workshop).


1 elective retreat chosen from the following:*
Note: the program cost includes a nonresidential retreat only; if you wish to attend the retreat residentially, there will be an additional fee for room and board.

KNR406 Joy and Spaciousness

Gentle Kum Nye movement and breathing practices enhance a sense of spaciousness and develop joyous feelings. Taught mostly outdoors, the beauty of nature will help foster and expand inner joy. (Counts as half a retreat.)

KNR501 Tasting Relaxation

In this retreat, students learn to relax so deeply that they can ‘taste’ the healing nectar of relaxation as it flows through body and mind. Gentle movement, breathing, and awareness practices are introduced to help students discover this relaxation.

KNR502 Kum Nye:Breath, Energy, Feeling

In this Tibetan yoga retreat, students use breath and movement exercises to stimulate and direct the energy of body and mind, visualization practices to awaken and sustain inner vitality, and meditation practices to foster serenity.

KNR503 Kum Nye: Attuning to the Present Moment

This retreat makes use of the full range of Kum Nye exercises to help each retreatant integrate a rich array of positive feelings into body, senses, and mind.

KNR505 Tibetan Yoga for Healing and Energy

Breath and movement exercises awaken an inner vitality that is directly linked to a natural healing process. Meditation and visualization practices deepen this process.

KNR506 Special Topics in Intermediate and Advanced Kum Nye

This retreat provides an intense grounding in advanced Kum Nye practices These practices will open the capacities of your senses, giving you the confidence to gain access to all the exquisite treasures available to your senses.

MED501 Silent Retreat

This retreat’s practices are done in silence with suitable instructions for meditation and study given individually to each participant. The retreat is designed to allow participants to deepen their meditation practice in the protected environment of the Nyingma Institute.

MED502 Finding Inner Peace

Meditation develops serenity. This retreat focuses on calming meditations (shamatha) and Kum Nye relaxation practices. The goal is to reduce the number of distracting thoughts and to find states of inner peace.

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