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KUM NYE

This is a Tibetan form of psychophysical preparations for higher self-development. The name translates to Mind-Body-Emotions Balancing," and stems from the Nyingmapa ("Ancient Ones") tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. There are two phases in the study: Phase One addresses problems of balancing and integration with 16 exercises, while Phase Two seeks to stimulate and transform energies with 21 exercises.

Kum Nye involves more than psychophysical training. Wisdom in work, skillful living, harmony and moderation in all matters are chief characteristics of a Kum Nye-centered life. Sound familiar? It should, because herein resides the principles of all the yogic arts and all their attendant, timeless power to form sound judgment in matters secular and divine.

This Yoga is not a religion, but rather a science of religions. It is, however, religious in that this science brings the devotee slowly along a path with the ultimate goal of becoming one with the Universe.

Kum Nye has been codified for several centuries. The stages of self-development are 1) adherence to universal moral principles, 2) self-purification by discipline, 3) training with exercise postures, 4) breath control, 5) emancipation of the mind (from domination by the senses and exterior objects), 6) concentration ability, 7) regular meditation, 8) super-consciousness or identity with the Universal Spirit.