Kum Nye: The Inner and Outer Massage of Experience
Wednesdays at 3pm PST/6pm EST
Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga balances movement and stillness, a profound practice which introduces mind to heart, and heart to mind through gesture, self massage sitting, chanting. While the outer form may be any of these, the inner form is with feeling; opening and softening our inner sensory world. Kum refers to Presence, Nye, to massage. The outer massage leads to the inner, more subtle movement and opening of our inner architecture.This practice will benefit anyone who would like to begin, or deepen their meditative experience.
Don became most interested in body centered work in his thirties working for a 'Day Hospital' in the Okanagan. Don used Qi Gong, yoga, movement to music, and other expressive therapies with clients who had been hospitalized for major depression. The results were often miraculous, but sadly minimized by the medical system of that time. However, this has led to a lifetime of dedication to practicing and teaching body centered work, including Polarity Therapy, Qi Gong, Hakomi, Yoga Therapy, Psoma Yoga, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, and an assortment of other embodiment practices. Don became interested in these alternatives through discomfort with his own body early in his life. By the age of 25, his body didn't feel like a safe place to be, and he was hospitalized for depression a couple of times before embarking on his own self healing journey. The body of his professional work has been within the Mental Health and Substance Use field, and for the past twenty years almost exclusively in Substance Use Recovery. Don taught mindfulness-based relapse prevention, yoga, and an array of other courses when he worked in the Daytox Program in Surrey, BC. He has led classes, workshops, and retreats with the foundational practice being Loving Presence, as it was taught by Ron Kurtz, the founder of Hakomi. Don has been studying Hakomi for 8 years, has been a student and teacher of Kum Nye for six years, and is currently certified as a Kum Nye instructor.