Five Tibetan Rites
The Five Tibetan Rites is a system of exercises reported to be more than 2,500 years old, which was first publicized by Peter Kelder in a 1939 publication titled The Eye of Revelation.
The Rites are a form of Tibetan yoga similar to the yoga series that originated in India. However, the Five Rites emphasize a continuous sequence of movements. Although the Rites have circulated amongst yogis for decades, skeptics say that Tibetans have never recognized them as authentic Tibetan practices. The Five Tibetan Rites are also referred to as "The Five Rites," "The Five Tibetan," and "The Five Rites of Rejuvenation."
The Fountain of Youth, Rejuvenation, and Longevity
In 1985 a book called The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, written by Peter Kelder was
published, which fully described an exercise program for "youthing" for the first time. Tibetan monks use this exercise program to live long, vibrant and healthy lives. This book states that many have lived longer than most can imagine by following the program often called the "Five Tibetan Rites."
Potential Benefits of the Five Rites
The authors provide many examples of the benefits of the "Five Tibetan Rites," including the following: looking much younger; sleeping soundly; waking up feeling refreshed and energetic; release from serious medical problems including difficulties with spines; relief from problems with joints; release from pain; better memory; arthritis relief; weight loss; improved vision; youthing instead of aging; significantly improved physical strength, endurance, and vigor; improved emotional and mental health, enhanced sense of well-being and harmony, and very high overall energy.
Medical professionals explain the benefits based on their perspectives, and I suggest you read the entire two books for a broad overview. However, the majority believe that the rites represent an exercise system that affects the body, emotions, and mind. The Tibetans claim that these exercises activate and stimulate the seven key chakras that stimulate all the endocrine system's glands. The endocrine system is responsible for the body's overall functioning and the aging process. This means that the Five Rites will affect all your organs and procedures, including the physical and energetic systems, including the aging process. The man who brought these Five Rights out of Tibet stated that "performing the Five Rites stimulates the circulation of essential life energy throughout the body."
Benefits of The Rites
• Looking Younger and feeling younger
• Boosting the Immune System
• A significant increase in energy— long term stamina, endurance, vitality
• Accessing higher Levels of Consciousness
• Feeling of empowerment
• The practicing of the rites positively affects the body, emotions, and mind
• Stimulates the circulation of essential life force energy in the body through the harmonized spinning of the seven main energy centers (chakras)
• The seven main chakras get activated, start spinning faster, their spinning is coordinated and harmonized, so they stimulate all the glands of the endocrine system, which in turn heals all the organs in the body
• Detoxification is stimulated
• Feel calmer and less stressed
• Sleep better. People usually have more vivid dreams
• Waking up refreshed and energetic
• Develop significant mental clarity with better focus
• Releases pain
• Improved vision
• Feel stronger, more flexible, and less stiff
• overall improvement in your health, don’t seem to catch colds, etc. as frequently
• Helps with depression and anxiety—lifts mood and improves well-being
• More centered and at peace
• Feel younger and more powerful
• Increased levels of Life Force Energy
• Some people lose weight—most find it easier to control weight and desire healthier foods
• Improved digestion and elimination
How The Five Rites Work
The Five Rites Exercise Program
This program is often described as a modified yoga program. Simply put, yoga is a science that unites
the body, mind, and spirit. Today this is often called Mind/ Body Healing. The author of the book believes that yoga was brought to Tibet from India in the 11th or 12th century and that Tibetan monks 5 Tibetan Rites developed modified these exercises and developed an effective program of exercises that western society now calls the "Five Tibetan Rites." The rugged mountainous conditions these monks live in may well account for their particular emphasis on vigor. Many of the yoga exercises and practices being taught in the western world today are very new. The "Five Tibetan Rites" are exactly what the ancient Tibetans developed over many centuries. Therefore it's vital to do the "Five Tibetan Rites" exactly as they are presented without altering the form or sequence to achieve some of the benefits accrued to these "Rites."
Chakra is an Indian Sanskrit word that translates to mean "Wheel of Spinning Energy." Chakras are spinning wheels or vortexes of the energy of different colors that perform many functions connecting our energy fields, bodies, and the Cosmic Energy Field. Chakras are powerful electrical and magnetic fields. Chakras govern the endocrine system that, in turn, regulates all of the body's functions, including the aging process. Energy flows from the Universal Energy Field through the chakras into our bodies energy systems, including the Meridian System. Our bodies contain seven major chakras or energy centers and 122 minor chakras.
The major chakras are located at the base of the spine (Root Chakra), at the navel (Sacral Chakra), in the solar plexus (Solar Plexus Chakra), within your heart (Heart Chakra), within the throat (Throat Chakra), at the center of your forehead (Brow or Third Eye Chakra), and at the top of your head (Crown Chakra).
These chakras are linked together with all other energy systems in the body and various layers of the auras. The Speed of the chakra spin is a key to vibrant health. The other keys to vibrant health that relates to the chakra are ensuring they are clear of negative energy and that they are perfectly shaped and not distorted. The Five Rites speed up the spinning of the chakras, coordinate their spin so they are in complete harmony, distribute pure prana energy to the endocrine system, and in turn, to all organs and processes in the body. This is one of the major requirements for vibrant health, rejuvenation, and youthfulness.
"Stand erect with arms outstretched, horizontal with the shoulders. Now spin around clockwise. As with all the Rites, start with nine repetitions, increase three per 2 weeks until you work up to 21 reps per day." A tip for this is to look at the end of your right hand as a reference point.
"Lie full length on rug or bed. Place the hands flat down alongside the hips. Fingers should be kept close together with the fingertips of each hand turned slightly toward one another. Raise the feet until the legs are straight up. If possible, let the feet extend back slightly over the body toward the head, but do not let the knees bend. Hold this position for a moment or two and then slowly lower the feet to the floor, and for the next several moments, allow all of the muscles in the entire body to relax completely. Then perform the Rite all over again." "While the feet and legs are being raised, it is a good idea also to raise the head, then while the feet and legs are being lowered to the floor lower the head at the same time."
"Kneel on a rug or mat with hands at sides, palms flat against the side of legs. Then lean forward as far as possible, bending at the waist, with head well forward—chin on chest. The second position of this Rite is to lean backward as far as possible. Cause the head to move still further backward. The toes will prevent you from falling over backward. The hands are always kept against the side of the legs. Next, come to an erect (kneeling) position, relax as much as possible for a moment, and perform Rite all over again."
"Sit erect on a carpet with feet stretched out in front. The legs must be perfectly straight - the back of the knees must be well down or close to the rug. Place the hands flat on the rug, fingers together, and the hands pointing outward slightly. Chin should be on the chest -- head forward."
"Now gently raise the body, at the same time bend the knees so that the legs from the knees down are practically straight up and down. The arms will also be vertical, while the body from shoulders to knees will be horizontal. As the body is raised upward, allow the head gently to fall backward so that the head hangs backward as far as possible when the body is fully horizontal. Hold this position for a few moments, return to the first position, and RELAX for a few moments before performing the Rite again." "When the body is pressed up to complete horizontal position, tense every muscle in the body."
"Place the hands on the floor about two feet apart. Then, with the legs stretched out to the rear with the feet also about two feet apart, push the body, and especially the hips, up as far as possible, rising on the toes and hands. Simultaneously, the head should be brought so far down that the chin comes up against the chest. Next, allow the body to come slowly down to a ‘sagging’ position. Bring the head up, causing it to be drawn as far back as possible." "The muscles should be tensed for a moment when the body is at the highest point, and again at the lowest point."