Min Zin and Letha Yoga are used together, complementary
systems of ancient and modern Burma.
Mahayana and Hinayana Buddhism are widely practiced in Burma, ancient
animistic beliefs and shamanic rituals are still practiced by tribes in
the vast Himalayan regions.
Min Zin is a complex of ancient
shamanic energy healing techniques practiced by Dumsu (spirit priests)
and Nat-Kadaw (spirit healers), preserved in Buddhist monasteries in
the remote Himalayan border regions of northern Burma, Tibet and India.
Min Zin is a simplified term from a longer phrase in
the Pali language. Min means king, rule, influence, control or
regulate. Zin signifies path, way, direction, technique or
method of generating, storing and transmitting internal energy.
Yoga, widely practiced in ancient Burma, is a system
of body manipulation, adjustment and alignment adapted from yogic
principles. The word Letha derives from ancient language of
who settled in northern Burma around 300 BC, and means "hands of a
partner." Letha Yoga signifies "a yoga system assisted by the
partner." Written records and stone carvings about these practices date
to 500 BC.
Zin includes ancient Burmese techniques of grounding, centering,
shielding and cleansing, as well as energy healing practices, practiced
with a partner. These techniques are appropriate for use by healers,
and necessary to help another using Letha Yoga. Breath practices and
internal energy movement are key aspects of Min Zin and Letha Yoga. One
should be in a spiritually balanced and harmonious state before
touching another with intent to help.
influenced by Indian and Tibetan (Hatha and Tantra) yogic systems,
focuses on the joints of the body and on nine zones, corresponding to
chakra regions on the front and back. The system was taught by monks to
the laboring class, to retain flexibility and strength in the face of
rigorous physical demands. There are over 90 "asanas" or stretching
postures used to assist the partner in stretching and regaining
flexibility. Letha Yoga is beneficial for those who overuse or misuse
their bodies from excessive physical labor, inadequate exercise or
Min Zin and Letha Yoga were taught at the
Homalin and Halin Monasteries of northern Burma prior to and during
World War II. They were introduced to the United States in 1990 by Dr.
Maung Gyi, Professor Emeritus of the College of Communications at Ohio
University, and Chief Instructor of the American Bando Association
(Bando is a Burmese Martial Art, introduced to the West by Dr. Gyi).
Dr. Gyi experienced these teachings as a young man in Burma.
and Crow have been studying Letha Yoga and Min Zin with Dr. Gyi since
October 2000 and January 2001 respectively. Min Zin augments their
shamanic energy healing, and Letha Yoga is used as a healing modality
with clients. They also offer workshops in Min
Zin and Letha Yoga
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