Kum Nye



KNR108 Kum Nye Dancing

This drop-in class is an introduction to yogic and Kum Nye dancing. It includes some instruction and practice. Lama Palzang, Co-Dean of the Nyingma Institute, teaches dynamic and playful movements that can powerfully transform body, speech, and mind. He draws from Tarthang Tulku’s Kum Nye teachings.

Kum Nye is a form of movement practice that emphasizes awareness and feeling. It is based on ancient Tibetan movement systems for healing and is an opportunity to develop a deep knowledge of our individual embodiment, the specific expression of sacred energy called “myself.”  

This method of dance can release blockages, holding patterns, stress, and negative energy. Drums and instruments will be used. Come dance with us! 

Drop-in: $20/class 

Class series of 5: $90



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Palzang 5/3 - 5/31 Fr 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $90.00 View

KNR113 Deepening Relaxation and Opening the Senses through Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga

This third semester of introduction to Kum Nye focuses on exercises and writing from Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga  that activate and deepen a positive healing process—relaxing holding and gaining access to the senses, opening space, and expanding feeling.

Prior Kum Nye courses or experience is recommended but not required.



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Blum 3/25 - 5/27 Mo 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $180.00 View

KNR114 Beginning Kum Nye: Balancing and Healing Through the Energy Centers

June 10 – July 1, break in July, then July 29 – Aug 12

"Each center of the body is capable of vibrating with positive energy such as kindness, love, and compassion. Each center is also capable of a very depressing and confusing restlessness or dullness." Gesture of Balance

When we bring our attention to our energy centers and learn about basic patterns of our physical and subtle body functioning, we can balance and help to heal ourselves. This course introduces Kum Nye paths to encourage emotional balance, positive living, and the free flow of healing and sustaining energy. This is an essential course for those who would like to teach Kum Nye. Watch for information about the training programs that are starting at the Nyingma Institute.

Open to all levels of students.



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Blum 6/10 - 8/12 Mo 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $126.00 View

KNR206 Intermediate Kum Nye: Introduction to The Joy of Being
Embodying Kum Nye: Getting the Juice of Experience

“Kum Nye opens the senses more widely to beauty and joy and restores our inner light, enabling us to get the juice of all kinds of experience.” Joy of Being, 62

This third semester of introduction to Joy of Being continues working with Part 3, “Senses and Perception.” Through relaxation—refining breathing, feeling and seeing—we can turn all manner of mental and physical experience into a positive flow of energy that stimulates good feelings and positive energy. Kum Nye practices and meditations open up space in our tight pressured existence so we can create a new home of feeling. Establishing a foundation, we may “gain some insight into our own spiritual qualities and how they can be further developed” (Joy of Being, 63).


Prerequisites: This course is intended for those with some experience of Kum Nye through Sunday Kum Nye programs, or beginning Kum Nye courses. Or consent of instructor.


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Blum 3/28 - 5/30 Th 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $180.00 View

KNR207 Intermediate Kum Nye: The Joy of Being: How do You Practice Kum Nye?

June 20 - June 27, break in July, Aug 1 – Aug 15

"The three pillars of spiritual practice are relaxation, meditation, and concentration. Each pillar has skillful methods for transforming the quality of our lives, energizing body and mind, dissolving obstacles to understanding, and awakening the full capacities of human being. Anyone who wishes to focus on Kum Nye can benefit from the inner and outer massage of its postures and movement." Joy of Being

The Kum Nye of Joy of Being can be practiced 1) as a way to relieve tension and agitation 2) in order to sharpen sensory perceptions and bring more beauty and joy into life 3) to calm body and mind and bring ease gently into meditation 4) as a gateway to sublime states of bliss. Students this summer will get in touch with their own relationship to these three spiritual pillars, exploring what sustains, delights, challenges and eases.

Prerequisites: This course is intended for those with some experience of Kum Nye through Sunday Kum Nye programs, and/ or beginning Kum Nye courses. Or admission through consent of instructor.




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Blum 6/20 - 8/15 Th 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $90.00 View

KNR306 Advanced Kum Nye: Open Field of Being

Note: first class on 3/26 will be rescheduled on a date TBD.

"Kum (sKu) is body, a nexus of sensitivity; Nye (mNye) is a method of
exercise that brings results -- through Nye, the body experience is
transmuted. The result of Nye is a floating quality sometimes called
bliss . . . "

Advanced Kum Nye movement, breath, and visualization practices from Tarthang Tulku’s Joy of Being
form the core of this class. Exercises will be offered on different
levels of engagement in order to challenge the advanced student.


Prerequisite: two years of Kum Nye practice.



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Philip 3/26 - 5/28 Tu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $180.00 View

KNR307 Advanced Kum Nye: Massaging Mind

“Kum Nye exercises teach us how to smooth the jagged energies of body and mind. . . . we can awaken blissful feelings within body and senses that can open our energy centers (cakras) and relieve the pressure of conflicting meanings and interpretations.”

This course works with material from Joy of Being, particularly the more subtle practices that entail almost no movement on the outer level.

The Kum Nye experience can be cultivated and deepened into an internal understanding that unfolds and expands far beyond our conceptual frame of reference.

This course is a un-course, in the sense that it is a space of exploration best entered without expectations.

Prerequisites: two years of Kum Nye practice.



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Philip 6/11 - 8/13 Tu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $180.00 View