The Five Tibetan Rites
(first publicized by Peter Kelder in a 1939 publication entitled The Eye of Revelation) The Five Tibetan Rites represent a system of exercise that affects the mind, body andspirit. It is a simple series of five exercises performed on a daily basis, which targetspecific parts of the body. The Tibetans claim that these exercises activate andstimulate the seven key chakras of the body, which in turn stimulate all the glands of the endocrine system. The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, andfunction of our bodies. It is instrumental in regulating mood, growth anddevelopment, aging, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function and thereproductive processes. This means the Five Rites will affect the functioning andstimulation of all your organs and bodily systems.Chakra is an Sanskrit word that translates to "Wheel of Spinning Energy". Our bodiescontain 7 major chakras, or energy centers, and 122 minor chakras. The majorchakras are located at the base of the spine (Root Chakra), at the navel (SacralChakra), 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 EyeChakra), and at the top of your head (Crown Chakra). This yoga-like routine, based on a ritual of exercises, was discovered in the early1900's by a British army colonel, Colonel Bradford, who was living in a Himalayanmonastery. In 1939, Peter Kelder published "The Original Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation," which helped spread the rites to the Western world.Simply put, yoga is a science that unites the body, mind and spirit. Today this is oftencalled 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 over time Tibetan monksmodified these exercises and developed an effective program that Western societynow calls the "Five Tibetan Rites". The rugged mountainous conditions these monkslive in may account for their particular emphasis on vigor.Many of the yoga exercises and practices being taught in the Western world today arevery new, while the "Five Tibetan Rites" are exactly what the ancient Tibetansdeveloped over many centuries. Therefore, it's very important to perform the "Five Tibetan Rites" exactly as they are presented without altering the form or sequence, inorder to achieve some of the benefits accrued to these "Rites".
The Five Rites Exercise Program
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Beginning the "Five Rites" Exercise Program: