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on 12 May 2013
Kum Nye is a combination of meditation/contemplation, self-massage and exercises vaguely related to gentle hatha yoga poses and movements. Unfortunately, it is sometimes called "relaxation", and sometimes "yoga", depending on the books. This commentary's main purpose is thus to provide extra information on different Kum Nye books by Tarthang Tulku as well as on different editions of the book on this Amazon page, Kum Nye: Tibetan Yoga.
I won't comment on the book's contents, even if I've found with this book a beautiful way of reconsidering and refining my practice of hatha yoga. [There are good comments from below (on 12 may 2013)]

This edition of "Kum Nye: Tibetan Yoga" (2007--- with the white cover) seems to be a reprint of "Kum Nye - Tibetan Yoga--A complete guide to health & wellbeing. 115 exercises & massages" (yellow and blue cover + a sun), that is shown on the Dharma Publishing's website (though sold out in May 2013).

The 115 exercises are numbered (probably for teaching purposes) in the new edition. I am not sure if it was the case in the first edition entitled "Kum Nye relaxation" (Part 1 & Part 2, published in 1978)Kum Nye Relaxation: Pt. 1 (Nyingma Psychology Series) and Kum Nye Relaxation: Pt. 2. Otherwise, there is no indication in the 2007 edition's introduction that any changes have been made for that new edition.

Each self-massage or movement exercise is illustrated with one single drawing, probably kept from the first edition. However charming, the drawings sometimes lack clarity and basic anatomical realism (ex: exercise 66, Increasing Inner Balance : the character is drawn with her trunk in a twist that makes almost 180°).

Unless you need to have all 115 exercises and their being numbered (for a course for instance), I recommend Tibetan Relaxation: The Illustrated Guide to Kum Nye Massage and Movement - a Yoga from the Tibetan Tradition (Healthy Living), which is just another edition of Tibetan Relaxation: Kum Nye Massage and Movement - A Yoga for Healing and Energy from the Tibetan Tradition, also by Tarthang Tulku. Each self-massage or movement exercise is illustrated with several photos, very convenient for self-learning. In addition, its lay-out is more dynamic, clearer, and more pleasant than that of Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga.
"Tibetan Relaxation" is actually based on "Kum Nye: Tibetan Yoga" (or its first edition at least), and is presented with an appropriate introduction re. the background of Kum Nye, its purposes, its relationship to Tibetan medicine and Buddhism. Like with "Kum Nye: Tibetan Yoga", detailed instructions are given in "Tibetan Relaxation", not only for each exercise but also on how to built a regular Kum Nye practise. "Tibetan Relaxation" includes about 70 of the 115 exercises and self-massages presented in Kum Nye: Tibetan Yoga.
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on 25 February 2015
If you want a holistic system for your well being, health and just keeping sane in a world gone mad. This is a book I would recommend with its sister or brother book.
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on 9 May 2015
Brilliant book. Can't recommend it highly enough. The exercises described are well within the reach of most people. All you really need is the will to practice.
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