What is the course about?
Introducing and exploring some key concepts from the Tibetan relaxation and yoga tradition of Kum Nye. The Tibetan yoga tradition is a system to promote healing and energy, opening awareness to a point where meditation is spontaneous and effortless. This class offers a practical introduction to some of the key exercises and themes.
What will we cover?
We will explore some primary concepts from the Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga Tradition, including massage, movement exercises, breathing exercises, visualisations, and meditation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Define the terms Kum and Nye
- Experience the effects of thorough relaxation
- Appreciate the importance of relaxation in relation to awareness
- Practice breathing exercises
- Perform a basic self massage safely and independently
- Discuss the integration of mind with the body and contrast this with our usual experience of ourselves
- Experience a chanting practice to invigorate and awaken inner energies
- Practise some basic Kum Nye exercises promoting a release and/or balancing of energy
- Share experiences and ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable to anyone in basic good health. No experience required. You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?
It is inadvisable for students suffering from certain medical conditions to attend a yoga class. This does not mean that they should not do yoga, but they may need individual attention or a special programme of asanas (postures). These conditions include: Hypertension (high blood pressure); conditions associated with heart disease, cancer or benign tumours; epilepsy including petit mal; diabetes; Meniere's disease; detached retina; MS (Multiple Sclerosis); ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis); recent post-operative conditions; new students who are pregnant.
Advice can be sought from the Department Office for those who have concerns about the suitability of the class for them.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Exercises will be demonstrated by the tutor, then practised as a group. There is no set work outside the class but if desired the tutor will advise regarding home practice.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to bring a notepad. Clothes suitable for movement are recommended (not jeans!). A short reading list is available on request. Handouts will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to consider yoga or meditation courses at City Lit.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details