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TIBETAN YOGA (sKu-mNyé)

Exercises with Meditation

 

How do you pronounce sKu-mNyé?

koom nyay

What does it mean?

It is a translation of a Tibetan term. sKu means subtle body or dimension, and is the word which is used to mean the psychophysical system – where Buddhism views the mind and body as a unified entity. mNyé means massage. When the two words are put together they mean massage of the psychophysical system. sKu-mNyé is therefore a Buddhist practice – a system of exercise which affects the psychophysical system in order to create experiences that can be employed to achieve realisation.

"The practice of sKu-mNyé was one of the most rewarding exercise systems I have ever taken on. After a few sessions, I could really notice a difference in my mood, flexibility and endurance and I learnt to meditate.
The movements are not hard but with accumulating repetitions, I toned up and lost weight quickly. I would often come to a session in a terrible mood, and would always leave happy and feeling lighter than when I went in."

Jennifer Connors, Brooklyn, New York

What is it?

sKu-mNyé employs a number of varied exercises – some gentle, some aerobic, some requiring strength, balance, coordination, flexibility. Some require almost no physical aptitude. The exercises are suited to a broad range of ages and body types, making it a highly versatile system of exercise and meditation at any time of life.

"I didn't do much exercise and I was getting chubby. I didn't know what Tibetan yoga was but I tried it out.
I laughed a lot, it was fun and I lost weight without even trying. And with the meditation practice my
concentration got better. I love it."

Ayesha Collins, age 16, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

What are the benefits of sKu-mNyé?

There are many.

It is a cardiovascular exercise system and encourages bone density, joint mobilisation and overall strength and flexibility. Weight loss occurs.

Many of the postures require a distinctive hand position in which the fingers are held straight and splayed apart. This is beneficial for hand flexibility and helps arthritic pain.

The meditation practice concentrates on physical sensation resulting in opening and invigorating the senses. Experience of the senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell and concept) becomes enlivened and increasingly vivid with regular practice, and people become livelier, decreasing depression as their world becomes more vibrant and potent.

How is it taught?

Ongoing classes and workshops.

 For further reading: Moving Being by Khandro Déchen, from Aro Books Worldwide
 

 

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