Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga Teacher Training


New Kum Nye Teacher Training to start in 2023

The Nyingma Institute is offering its second Level 1 Kum Nye Teacher Training next year, and invites you to join this in-depth exploration of the first Kum Nye text by Tarthang Tulku. This 11-month program will run between August 21, 2023, and July 22, 2024. Nine weekend workshops are included, as well as a weekly class during the Early Fall 2023 through Late Spring 2024 academic terms.

The class will be taught in hybrid mode – in person and online – so we can include participants who live at a distance from Berkeley. For those with time zone conflicts, it is possible to take the weekly class by recording. Additional elements of the program for teachers-in-training include assignment of an instructor mentor, several small group practice teaching modules, crafting lesson plans, and a final project based on your particular interests. 

While this is a teacher training program, those who want to take a deep dive into Kum Nye but who are not interested in becoming certified to teach are most welcome to join.

Faculty include veteran Kum Nye teachers from the Nyingma Institute including Abbe Blum, Santosh Philip, Anita McNulty, and Donna Morton.

Cost: TBA

Schedule: Please see below. 

Please address inquiries to the Nyingma Institute:


Abbe Blum

Abbe has been teaching in the Nyingma Mandala since 1998, and currently presents Kum Nye, Joy of Being, Lotus Trilogy, Caring, and Nyingma Psychology courses at Nyingma Institute and Dharma College. She worked as one of the editors on several of Rinpoche’s latest books and co-designed the hands-on Joy of Being Workbook

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Santosh Philip

Santosh has taught at Nyingma Institute since 2003. His primary teaching area is Kum Nye, where he conveys his considerable love and respect for Tibetan Yoga self-massage and movement practices to his students, both at the advanced and introductory levels. He is also an architect and entrepreneur. 

Anita McNulty

Anita has been a student of the Nyingma teachings since 1982. She has a special interest in the study and practice of Kum Nye. She is retired from a 42 year career as an RN & currently lives in Michigan with family.

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Donna Morton

Donna first encountered Nyingma teachings in 1997. Upon completing a 6-month retreat program at Nyingma Institute in 2001, she began teaching Kum Nye programs here. She is also a physical therapist, holistic nutritional consultant, and health educator. 

Level 1 Kum Nye Teacher Training 2023-2024 Schedule

1) EARLY FALL TERM (8 weeks):  August 21 – October 14, 2023

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays, 6 – 7:30 pm, PT
  • Workshop 1:  September 8 – 10
  • Workshop 2:  October 13 – 15

2) LATE FALL TERM (8 weeks):  October 23 – December 16, 2023

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays
  • Workshop 3:  November 17 – 19

3) WINTER TERM (4 weeks):  January 8 – February 3, 2024

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays
  • Workshop 4:  January 12 – 14

4) EARLY SPRING TERM  (8 weeks):  February 12 – April 6, 2024

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays
  • Workshop 5:  February 16 – 18
  • Workshop 6:  March 22 – 24

5) LATE SPRING TERM (8 weeks):  April 15 – June 8, 2024

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays
  • Workshop 7:  April 19 – 21
  • Workshop 8:  June 7 – 9
  • Workshop 9:  July 20 – 22


Times (Pacific Time):

Weekly Class:

Mondays : 6 PM – 7:30 PM (KN faculty)


Friday : 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Saturday and Sunday : 9 AM – 12 noon and 2 – 3 PM

Exercise 37:  Balancing the Senses

Exercise 48: Enjoying Space

Exercise 44: Touching the Senses

Exercise 22: Flying