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Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga may sound very exotic, but the reality is much closer to home. We all have the resources we need to relax; body, breath, senses and mind.

Anyone can learn to relax. It's a subtle but very specific skill, which involves bringing these resources together into a dynamic balance.

Life is fast-paced, full of distractions and stresses. We are bombarded with information. We spend a lot of time 'in our heads'. We are told to be mindful, to be present, but often we don't know how to do that.

Kum Nye Tibetan yoga can be described as moving meditation’, or as ‘mindfulness of physical sensation, movement and breath’. It’s a skill we can all learn.

First, we stimulate sensation through movement, self-massage, sound, or visualisation. We feel the movement and move with feeling. Then we bring steady attention to the sensations and movement. We add awareness of breath (which is also experienced as movement and sensation). Sensations flow and expand.

The integration of these elements (body, mind, senses, and breath) leads to the experience of relaxing. Moment by moment, we position ourselves in the first instant of freshly arising experience.

Kum Nye Tibetan yoga releases tension held in habitual body postures and habitual ways of breathing and thinking. With regular practice, it dissolves negative patterns and restores our natural wholeness and balance, so we feel comfortable in our own skin. It leads to alert calmness; we become open, flowing, and relaxed.

Kum Nye comes from the Tibetan medical tradition and was introduced to the western world by a famous Buddhist teacher Tarthang Tulku. He learned it from his father, who was a herbalist. He has written several books on the topic.

“The key to both our internal integration and a balanced relationship with the world lies within our feelings and sensations. We can nurture and heal both our bodies and minds by touching our feelings deeply and expanding the flowing rhythms they bring to us. Through relaxation, we discover what it means to be balanced”Tarthang Tulku (1978/2007) “Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga – A complete guide to health and wellbeing” Dharma Publishing.

Simon enjoys sharing what he is learning himself. He is an Authorised Teacher of Kum Nye and is fully insured and DBS checked.

For more information about Kum Nye and other classes at Lifeways in Stratford-upon-Avon, visit the Lifeways website or contact Simon directly;

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