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Kum Nye: Waking Up for Beginners [Hardcover]

Stephanie Wright
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4 Mar 2004
Kum Nye is a simple but precise regime that guarantees to significantly increase energy levels, improve fitness and strengthen and tone the body. Based on a system developed in Tibet over thousands of years, this book is the first to bring the techniques to the West as a highly accessible and brilliantly effective package. Kum Nye consists of 8 positions to be held in sequence for up to 2 minutes. Each position is specifically designed to work on different areas of the body, while developing overall strength and flexibility. But, most importantly, these moves will increase energy levels, stamina and vitality. Such is their efficacy that they must not be done before going to sleep! But should be performed first thing as a truly invigorating morning wake up. Unlike any other kind of exercise system this can be mastered by anyone - regardless of age and fitness and, as a trained chiropodist, Wright lays emphasis on the benefits of this technique for people suffering from back pain and old injuries. Originally used to prepare Tibetan warriors for war, this ancient science is guaranteed to wake up even the sleepiest of sleepy heads.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Century (4 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844130118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844130115
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephanie Wright began working at the renowned Eden Medical Centre as a Chiropractor, where she now also teaches the Tibetan exercise system of Kum Nye. She lives in London.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up your mind and body 30 Oct 2004
By A Customer
These days we are often told to exercise and meditate to keep ourselves healthy, but how often do we find there's no time. Our lives are too busy.
And that's why I'm recommending this little book. 8 exercises might not sound much and you could be forgiven for thinking it's simply hype and not worth a whole book. But in fact the 8 exercises together make a challenging routine that is completely different from anything else you might have tried, even yoga which is perhaps the closest thing I can think of is not really like this.
The author recommends introducing each exercise gradually, I followed this advice and have been learning a new postition each week, now on the fifth position. Some are difficult and take quite a bit of getting used to, so there is no point in hurrying. Adding each position slowly also means that you only need a little extra time each morning rather than getting up half an hour early to learn all the positions at once. In this way, the routine quickly becomes a habit much like cleaning your teeth - after a while it won't feel right if you don't do it.
Do the positions work? Definitely. Even I, as a beginner, feel a rush of heat and energy as I hold the positions, and these days I wake up far more alert and rested instead of stumbling about like a zombie. You do have to make a small committment of time and effort right at the beginning of your day, and you do have to try to do this every day to get the most benefit, but the results make it worthwhile. In time I can see this would help physical fitness, and it certainly creates a little calm before the busy day begins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Exercises 24 Mar 2004
By Deejane
I have just bought this book and have been doing the exercises for a week. They looked reasonably easy, but in fact are challenging, even though they are simple. What strikes me is how powerful the exercises are, even after such a short time. I feel much more alive, and it is as if I have been doing intense exercise in a gym, rather than the 2 minutes recommended for each pose. I notice the effects all day, and all my muscles are being strengthened, my posture is better, and I have a heightened sense of well being. All for 16 minutes every morning!! I started with one exercise at a time as stephanie suggests, then added the next exercise the following day, and so on.
The book is clear, simple and well planned out, and I wish there was more, but find that 8 exercises that can do so much so soon is quite incredible.
I highly recommend this book. I'm keen to know more about Kum Nye now, and keen to do more exercises, unbelievable but true....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BREAKTHROUGH-GENUINE BON WISDOM 10 Feb 2004
Firstly, in the review Ms Wright is a Chiropractor not a c hiropodist and this has nothing to do with Joseph Corvo who is a reflexologist. I am a Tibetan and a Tibetan doctor, I once met Ms Wright a long time ago
and this is the first book on the rare and orginal Bon tradition of Kum Nye, Tibet's unique exercise system. I know this system and I was told of this by people in tIbetan Bon community. This book will change your life and heath. I think this will link east and west.
Chakri, Assam, India
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it claims 7 Feb 2005
This is a really excellent little book which clearly outlines a short set of exercises that have a truly energizing effect. The exercises are demanding but amply repay the effort you put in. After three months of doing them on a daily basis, gradually incorporating more each month, I can vouch for the improvement... it's very obvious. Try it... you'll be amazed and all for less than 20 mins each day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing moves 18 Sep 2006
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I came across this book over a year and a half ago and started doing these exercises but after a couple of months I found myself trying the five Tibetans as well. I left the Kum Nye, only to find that after a period of two months I was stiffer, more irritable and not so full of life.

I then went back to Kum Nye...I have now been doing Kum Nye nearly every morning for a year and will certainly continue to do so.

The exercise regime seems similar to yoga as each of the eight positions are to be held for two minutes whilst you concentrate on your breathing. They, however, are not as easy as they look on paper and I still have some difficulty, on some days, keeping some of the positions for the two minutes. Believe me, this is hard work if you are doing it properly. As Stephanie Wright suggests, it is best to start with one move and slowly add the others until you are doing all eight. Remember that this is no race and that there is no need to rush to do all the moves at once. You will still notice the difference.

Initially, old pains can come back to bother you but keep at it and they will pass.

Posture will improve, you will strenghthen muscles without having to go to the gym and, by the way, contrary to what people think I don't do sit ups.

All in all, I enjoy doing Kum Nye in the morning and feel it does give me a bit of extra zest in the mornings.

One last word of advice...Take the phone of the hook whilst doing Kum Nye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 1 Mar 2007
I have been following Stephanie's stretches/exercises for about 18 months, with some days off. I don't do them long enough, spend about 10 minutes probably. I can really feel the stretches in all my muscles these days and my shape has really changed. Tauter arms, thighs, bottom. If I'd done it for the 16-20 mins a day I'd probably have got on better quicker, but you know, ... no time ... Would recommend this highly.
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