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The Five Tibetan Rites, or the “Fountain of Youth” are a series of five yoga poses. It’s a traditional practice that’s been done for more than 2,500 years. People perform these rites with the intention of restoring youth and increasing vitality.
The Tibetan rites are made up of 5 principal exercises or poses, which are believed to create a cyclic effect on your breathing, emotions, and insides. This ancient practice when performed in order is said to activate and realign the 7 chakras, energy centres, enhancing the body’s ability to heal and function.
It is believed that the Tibetan rites originated in India over 2500 years ago. Author Peter Kelder ’s book; ‘The eye of revelation, The true Tibetan Rites revealed’ is a great source of information for those who want to learn more.
The benefits of practising the five rites daily are said to be improved health, energy and well-being. As well as improved memory and the reversing of age.
For best results, it’s recommended to regularly perform these poses. You can do them alone or with another exercise program.
If you have a health condition or are new to exercise, be sure to check with your doctor before trying these moves.
Like all exercise programs, the Five Tibetan Rites should be done with care. Start with gentle movements and a low number of reps. Take extra precaution if you have:
– Heart or breathing problems. Before trying these exercises, talk to your doctor to find out they’re safe for you to do.
– Neurological disorders. Disorders like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis can cause poor balance. If you have one of these conditions, these exercises may not be safe for you to perform.
– Conditions that cause dizziness. If you’re prone to dizziness, talk to a doctor before trying the first rite. The spinning motion may aggravate various conditions, including vertigo, circulatory issues, or nausea from medication.
– Pregnancy. The spinning and bending movements may not be safe if you’re pregnant.
– Recent surgery. The rites may cause complications if you’ve had surgery within the last 6 months.
How to do the 5 Tibetan Rites
While each rite is meant to be practiced 21 times a day, you need to introduce it slowly. During the first week, practice each rite 6 times. Add 3 repetitions per rite the following week. Continue adding 3 reps per rite each week until you’re doing 21 rounds of each rite every day.
The purpose of the first rite is to speed up the chakras. It’s common for beginners to feel dizzy during this exercise.
– Stand straight stretching arms outward until they’re parallel with the floor. Face palms one down and one up.
– While staying in the same spot, slowly spin your body in a clockwise direction. Without bending your head forward, keep your eyes open and cast gaze toward ground.
– Spin as many times as you can, but stop when you feel slightly dizzy. You’ll be able to spin more over time. It’s best to avoid excessive spinning, which is said to overstimulate the chakras.
During the second rite, it’s important to practice deep rhythmic breathing. You should continue the same breathing pattern in between each repetition.
– Lie flat on your back. Place your arms at your sides, palms on the floor.
– Inhale and lift your head, moving your chin toward your chest. Simultaneously raise your legs straight up, keeping your knees straight.
– Exhale and slowly lower your head and legs to the starting position. Relax all your muscles.
Like the second rite, the third rite requires deep rhythmic breathing. You can also practice this rite while closing your eyes, which helps you focus inward.
– Kneel on the floor, knees shoulder-width apart and hips aligned over your knees. Straighten your trunk and place your palms on the back of your thighs, below your buttocks.
– Inhale and drop your head back, arching your spine to open your chest.
– Exhale and drop your head forward, moving your chin toward your chest. Keep your hands on your thighs during the entire rite.
The fourth rite, sometimes called Moving Tabletop, is also done with rhythmic breathing. Your hands and heels should stay in place during the entire exercise.
– Sit on the floor and extend your legs straight ahead, feet shoulder-width apart. Put your palms on the floor at your sides, fingers facing forward. Straighten your trunk.
– Drop your chin toward your chest. Inhale and gently drop your head back. Simultaneously lift your hips and bend your knees until you’re in a tabletop position, with your head gently tilted back. Contract your muscles and hold your breath.
– Exhale, relax your muscles, and return to starting position
The fifth rite involves both the Downward-Facing Dog and Upward-Facing Dog poses. For this reason, it’s often called Two Dogs. This move also requires a steady breathing rhythm.
– Lie on your stomach and extend your feet behind you, toes curled and shoulder-width apart. Straighten your arms and arch your spine while keeping the tops of your legs on the ground. Drop your head back into Upward-Facing Dog.
– Then, inhale and lift your hips, moving your body into an upside down “V” shape. Move your chin toward your chest and straighten your back into Downward-Facing Dog.
– Exhale and move back into Upward-Facing Dog
For best results practice daily.
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