are happy to teach
these systems in formats ranging from one half day to a full two day
Workshops begin and end with ancient Burmese techniques of grounding,
centering, shielding and cleansing to prepare for healing work. Then,
working on your own and with a partner, you will experience sequences
of Min Zin energy healing and various Letha Yoga stretches for use on
different parts of the body.
A few years ago, Bekki and Crow met a most remarkable man: Dr. Maung
Gyi, strong, quiet-spoken, gentle, meditative, youthful for all his 80
years, with an amazing body of knowledge he is eager to share. We were
captivated by him and his teaching. He is a living treasure, a retired
university professor and Grand Master and Senior Instructor of Bando,
the major Burmese martial art in the U.S., among many other things.
Since meeting him, we have attended his weekly Letha Yoga/Min Zin
classes. Since 2002, Dr. Gyi has encouraged us to offer this healing
yoga and energy system to others to help spread the knowledge and the
"Min Zin" is simplified from a longer phrase in the Pali language of
Burma. Min means "king, rule, influence, control or regulate" and Zin
signifies "path, way, direction, technique or method of generating,
storing and transmitting internal energy". The discipline of Min Zin is
a complex of ancient shamanic energy healing techniques practiced by
Dumsu (spirit priests) and Nat Kadaw (spirit healers) which has been
preserved in several Buddhist monasteries in the remote Himalayan
border regions of northern Burma, Tibet and India.
Letha Yoga is a system of body manipulation, adjustment and alignment
adapted from yogic asanas and principles and inspired by the shamanic
foundations of Burmese culture. The word "Letha" derives from the
ancient language of the Hpyu people who settled in northern Burma
around 300 CE and means "hands of a partner". Thus Letha Yoga is a
unique "yoga system assisted by the hands of a partner," two-person
assisted yoga practiced for healing.
Min Zin and Letha Yoga reflect the complexly interweaving cultures of
northern Burma. Mahayana and Hinayana Buddhism are strongly present,
while ancient animistic beliefs and shamanic rituals are still widely
practiced in the vast Himalayan regions. They have always been the main
healing available to the poor, laboring peoples of Burma. They were
still being taught at the Homalin and Halin Monasteries of northern
Burma during World War II.
Dr. Gyi was taken to the Halin monastery after being wounded in the
war. He stayed to receive intense healing work (which healed his
paralysis and saved his life) and learn the systems. Dr. Gyi has
numerous historical manuscripts from the temples, some, hundreds of
years old, written in silver on fan-folded water buffalo parchments. In
his classes we have had the joy of Dr. Gyi trying out his translations
of newly discovered but ancient Letha Yoga and Min Zin techniques on
us. It is an amazing feeling to know that you are the first people in
the West to experience a technique that is hundreds of years old.
We have always benefited greatly by his work! These systems are easy to
learn yet endless in their ramifications. They are as healing here and
now as they were in Burma in ancient times. They leave one feeling
relaxed, refreshed, invigorated and full of energy even after a long
day of physical work. In addition to many of the massage therapists,
yoga instructors and other healers from our area, the classes often
include builders, carpenters, martial artists and others who use their
bodies constantly. At the end of every class, everyone declares how
good they feel.
Advance registration is required to attend all Church of Earth Healing
classes and workshops. See the Schedule
for when and where Min Zin
will next be taught.