“Body, mind and senses join through a process of inner alchemy” (Tarthang Tulku, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga)
We all love a good story. Stories are one way in which we make sense of our life experience. In the busyness of everyday life, however, our personal narrative often limits possibility by becoming narrowly focused on perceived constraints. In the first of our series on “Alternatives to Stories” we are taken on a journey with Ralph McFall, director of Dharma Publishing, exploring ways that Kum Nye broadens our perspective beyond our perceived limitations allowing for improved health and connection with self and other.
One of our most loved books is Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga which uses both stillness and movement to transform negative patterns and relieve stress. Kum Nye heals and balances our body, mind and senses by releasing blockages. Breathing exercises, massage practices and gentle movement are integrated in Kum Nye to stimulate the flow of feeling. Our awareness of possibility naturally widens, enabling us to open to new thoughts and more productive ways of engaging.
Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga is filled with 115 breathing practices, massage exercises and movement techniques to cultivate relaxation and discover a whole new way of feeling. Breath allows us to connect with the present moment and helps us regulate emotions. By focusing on our breath, we can cultivate a sense of inner peace and relaxation. One of the many breathing exercises explored in Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga utilizes the syllable OM which symbolizes the energy of existence.
Exercise 9: OM
“Sit comfortably in the sitting posture, with palms resting on knees or thighs. Breathe gently and evenly through both nose and mouth, aware of the syllable OM. Begin to chant OM inwardly, as if on the breath. Let OM and the breath become inseparable. Develop the feeling qualities of breathing OM as fully as possible. You may feel a rising and allowing motion like inhaling, and a gentle awakened quality to your senses” (Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, p. 52).
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