Kum Nye Dancing

Introducing mind to the treasures the body offers

Kum Nye Dancing book

These were not precisely traditional Kum Nye postures, but instead were based on temple practices I had known as a young man in Tibet; as I worked, I drew upon my recollections of exercises that were used to prepare for the sacred ritual movement colloquially known as lama dancing.
Traditional lama dancing uses physical choreography to open up the self and liberate energy for Dharma activity; these exercises, intensifying feeling in similar ways, can tame our resistance, resentment, and lack of cooperation.

The postures and practices in this book, therefore, are not exactly massage. They are invigorating rather than soothing, designed to energize the body and to wake up consciousness. This kind of coordination produces greater cooperation – both with other people, and with ourselves. blockquote_right

– Tarthang Tulku, Kum Nye Dancing

Opportunity to Make Real and Meaningful Change

As human beings we come to know the world through many filters and structures, ranging from the shapes of our sense organs to the cultures in which we are raised. Our responses to the world around us, once fresh and spontaneous, gradually get stuck in channels of habit, hardened into place by years of repetition. Our personalities, too, begin to harden, as we allow ourselves to be governed by these habits and the likes and dislikes they have helped to put in place.

Yogic practice has the potential to alter greatly this channelized character of experience; exercising the body strongly in this way opens up sometimes startling alternatives to our ordinary approaches to life. It generates an effect that is immediately tangible at the feeling and energy level. By intensifying bodily experience through movement and posture, it is possible to address impacted parts of ourselves directly and decisively.

Earlier presentations of Kum Nye have tended to be slow and introspective. They are well-suited to quiet, solitary practice and were designed to be done easily in the bedroom or private study. The practices in this book in contrast, point outwards; dynamic, dramatic, even occasionally a little silly, they emphasize the transformative power of yoga, and present and opportunity to make real and meaningful changes in our energy levels, our patience and tolerance, and our physical and mental flexibility.

Listen to Arnaud Maitland talk about how to work with the Kum Nye Dancing book and the differences between this and the previous Kum Nye books (Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga & The Joy of Being).

      How to work with the Kum Nye Dancing book

Kum Nye Dancing performances

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