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The Five Tibetan Rites

The Five Tibetan Rites

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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
If you have any concerns whatsoever, please consult with your physician. Individualson serious medications should consult with their physicians.
Beginning the "Five Rites" Exercise Program:
For the first week, and only if you are relatively healthy and fit, do each exercise threetimes. If you are inactive, overweight, or have health problems, begin these exercisesby doing one of the first three each day, and only if you feel totally comfortable. If you are overweight do not attempt Rites #4 and #5 until you have developed somestrength and endurance. Do the substitutes for #4 and #5 until you feel ready.Do only what you feel comfortable doing. That may be only one of each exercise forthe first week. Build up to two of each exercise the second week, three of eachexercise the third week, etc. You can begin at a faster pace, but only if your body doesnot hurt when you do these exercises.Twenty-one is the maximum number of repetitions for any exercise. Tibetansbelieve 21 is a perfect, mystical number. If you want to enhance your program, dothe exercises at a faster pace, but do not do more than 21 of each exercise each day. The Tibetans believe doing more than 21 repetitions of each exercise in any day willaffect your chakras negatively and can create imbalances in your body. The "FiveRites" may stimulate detoxification and often creates many unpleasant physicalsymptoms. This is why it's recommended to increase the number of each exercisegradually on a weekly basis.If you have not exercised for some time, prepare to begin your "Five Rites" exerciseprogram by walking daily, for a half hour each day if possible. Another alternative inpreparation for the Five Rites is a stretching program with a gradual increase in thetypes of stretching exercises and the duration of this program.Do the Five Rites exercises every day. The maximum number of days you shouldskip is one each week. If the exercises are done less than six days each week, theresults will be greatly reduced.If on certain days your time is limited, do three repetitions of each exercise. Formaximum benefit, do the exercises before breakfast in the morning on an emptystomach. If this is not possible, do them any time during the day, but the stomachshould be somewhat empty. An important part of the Tibetan exercises is a conscious synchronization of breathing while performing physical activity. Before beginning the exercises, practicethe basic 4 - stage breathing technique.Inhale.Hold filled lungs.Exhale.Hold empty lungs.
The Five Tibetan Rites
Rite #1
Stand erect with arms outstretchedhorizontal to the floor, palms facing down. Your arms should be in line with your shoulders. Spinaround clockwise until you become slightlydizzy. Gradually increase number of spins from 1spin to 21 spins.
Inhale and exhale deeply as you dothe spins. 
Rite #2
Lie flat on the floor, face up. Fully extend your arms along your sides and place the palms of your hands against the floor, keeping fingersclose together. Then raise your head off the floor,tucking your chin into your chest. As you do this,lift your legs, knees straight, into a vertical position. If possible, extend the legs over the body towards your head. Do not let the knees bend. Then slowly lower the legs and head to thefloor, always keeping the knees straight. Allowthe muscles to relax, and repeat.
Breathe in deeply as you lift your head and legs, and exhale as you lower your headand legs.
Rite #3

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