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Tibetan 5 Rites & Yoga

Tibetan 5 Rites & Yoga

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A brief article on Tibetan 5 rites, the five tibetans, a practice for health, youthfulness, strength to reverse aging, learned from Tibetan lamas, based on Peter Kelder's book and several practical hints to do them and a comparison with hatha yoga in "iyengar" yoga style and related yoga methods--its merits and value to modern persons requiring less time.
A brief article on Tibetan 5 rites, the five tibetans, a practice for health, youthfulness, strength to reverse aging, learned from Tibetan lamas, based on Peter Kelder's book and several practical hints to do them and a comparison with hatha yoga in "iyengar" yoga style and related yoga methods--its merits and value to modern persons requiring less time.

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Tibetan 5 Rites and Yoga Practice
N K Srinivasan
The system of exercises called "Tibetan -5 rites" is so well known that I neednot elaborate on it. My main aim in this article is to compare this system with yoga practice -especially 'Iyengar Yoga' style. A brief introduction to Tibetan 5 rites or 'The Five Tibetans" may be givenfor those not familiar with this system. It is a set of 5 exercises, only 5 , which can be done in about 10 minutes. Each 'rite' or ritual is repeated 21times or less. The movements ,except the first rite', resemble the Hindu Yoga system ,'hatha yoga", that is so popular today.The Tibetan 5 rites was brought to the west by this book : "The Eye of revelation" by Peter Kelder, published in 1939. The present edition has thetitle : " Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth", published by Double Day  with a nice forward from Bernie S Siegel M.D. It has been edited from theoriginal version of 1939 and has an additional chapter as well.Several claims have been made for this system. Tibetan 5 rites can, notonly improve your strength, but also confer youthfulness, reverse the clock  back, reduce or reverse aging that you would look younger and feel younger . The testimonials in the book contain several practitioners statingthat marvelous cures were obtained for arthritis, eye correction, pain relief ,
 
 weight loss and even growing luxurious hair and reversal of graying of hair. While some of these results may be specific to certain individuals, it is widely accepted that this simple system requiring only 10 minutes of yourtime can give strength , relieve pain and make you look younger. It is a mootpoint whether longevity would also result.
History 
This method was practised by Lamas (monks of Buddhist faith) in theremote monasteries of Tibet. They apparently aged less and had a long,healthy life. The system was ,however, unknown for nearly 2000 years because of remoteness of Tibet that very few western scholars oradventurers reached that place and learned about this. But all this changedin late 19th century,when a courageous lady Alexandria David-Neel went toTibet and learned much about the secret practices of Lamas.There had been several others ,including the yoga master TKrishnamacharya, had later access to Tibet through his teacher in theHimalayas.Peter Kelder in his book talks about a British army colonel Mr Bradford who heard about the ever-youthful monks in Tibet when he was stationed inIndia. Col Bradford , then no longer in service,told Peter Kelder that he would make a trip to one of the monasteries and learn the secrets of  youthful life. This colonel did visit Tibet and found the system of Tibetan 5rites and after meeting with Peter Kelder in California, told him about the
 
method. The details are given in Peter Kelder's book in anecdotal style.[Whether this colonel did make the visit or it is all story given by Kelderneed not engage us here. Even if this colonel is a fictional character created by Kelder, if the method is helpful, one should try and adopt it.]
Comparison with yoga system
Let us examine the five rites in the context of hatha yoga practices.One major difference may be noted at the outset. Yoga poses are repeatedonly twice or thrice and held for 10 to 60 seconds in most cases,with normal breathing. Tibetan rites are repeated 21 times or less ,in quick succession.This difference makes Tibetan rites somewhat similar to 'vinyasa' or flow method , wherein poses are done in rapid succession as in Ashtanga yoga of Pattabhi Jois style. You may complete the Tibetan rites in 10 to 20 minutes, but yoga posestake 30 to 40 minutes for 8 or 10 poses.RITE 1This is a spinning exercise; you spin like whirling dervishes, in clockwiserotation, with your arms stretched but palms down ,for 21 rounds. You may do this for less number of times in the beginning because you may feel giddy and unsteady.There is no equivalent pose in yoga that I know of. Obviously this is a kindof dance practice, perhaps known to Buddhists. This may activate some'chakras' or vortexes as Kelder calls them.

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