The Five Tibetan Rites…

The Five Tibetan Rites

I had first heard about the “Five Tibetan Rites” also known as the “fountain of youth ” exercises several years ago but I never pursued looking into them until someone recently asked me about them. Here’s what I discovered.

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History

The five Tibetan Rites are a five sets of movements or kriyas that are each repeated 21 times. The number 21 is a sacred number to Tibetan. You are never to exceed 21 because it can cause imbalances in the body and have a negative impact on the chakras. These exercises are known to be over 2,500 years old and were discovered by a retired British Army Colonel who had lived in a Tibetan Temple where he learned from the Tibetan monks. It was brought to light in a book published in 1939 entitled “The Eye of Revelation” by Peter Kelder.



Benefits

Some of the benefits associated with these movements include detoxification, balance of the chakras, reversing aging, enhancing memory, improved strength, and coordination, improved mental and emotional health, and Relief from arthritis and joint pain. Here are the movements involved in the Five Tibetan Rites.

1. The Tibetan Spin

Stand with arms straight out to the sides, palms down, feet about hip distance apart and slowly spin in a clockwork direction. Do this 21 times. Be careful for it can cause dizziness.

2. Prone to Upward Staff

Lie flat on the floor, face up and palms on the floor by your side. Lift your head tucking your chin into your chest as you slowly raise your extended legs up with the feet flexed. Slowly lower your legs and head. Do a total of 21 times.



3. Rabbit Pose to Camel Pose

Kneel on the floor with your toes curled under and your forehead tucked down. Bring the crown of your head down to the mat. Slowly raise your head bringing your body erect. Place your hands on your buttock muscles, extend the spine, lower your head back, opening the quadriceps, belly and chest. Slowly come back to the erect position. Again perform 21 reps.

4. Staff to Upward Plank

Sit on the floor in Staff pose, back straight, legs straight out in front, palms on the floor, fingers facing forward. Drop your head back as you raise your body with knees bent and arms straight. Come back down to Staff Pose. Perform these 21 times.

5. Upward Dog to Downward Dog

Flow from Upward Dog to Downward Dog until you reach a total of 21.

Finale

After completion, relax in Child’s Pose for several breaths. If you can’t perform 21 repetitions, Do ad many as you can until you can reach the goal of 21. You can perform 3, 5, 7 etc. but stop at an odd number. That is the way of the Tibetan monks.

Conclusion

I’ve now been practicing these Rites myself for about a month and I notice a tremendous increase in muscle strength, in balance and an increase in energy. I can definitely understand why they’re called “fountain of youth ” exercises.

As with any form of exercise, be sure to check with your doctor to get the okay to perform these movements. They are quite vigorous.

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Brian Mello

Brian Mello is a Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor and holds an Associate's Degree in Journalism. Besides teaching yoga evenings, he has written for numerous publications for human interest stories. As a former music therapist, Brian performed as a soloist as a flamenco & Spanish guitarist & with Boston's El Arte Flamenco, a flamenco dance troupe that included dancers, singers & musicians. Brian currently resides in North Providence, RI & works days as a craftsman.

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