The 5 Tibetan Rites are introduced to us in Peter Kelder's book, “Ancient Secret of The Fountain of Youth”. These five exercises have been practiced by Tibetan clerics for hundreds of years. They are great exercises for posture, can be combined with the deep breathing exercises discussed earlier and you exercise without equipment.
Peter Kelder’s book tells the story of Colonel Bradford, a retired British Army officer, who while stationed in India, heard about a group of Tibetan clerics who had discovered the secret to eternal youth. According to the book, Colonel Bradford decides to go to Tibet to find this fountain of youth.
After four years, a much younger looking version of Colonel Bradford returns to the USA with the secret to eternal youth; a set of five exercises which he names the 5 tibetan rites.
The Colonel goes on to explain that the human body has seven powerful energy centres which the Hindus call chakras. These chakras regularise the body’s endocrine system, an arrangement of glands that produce endocrine secretions, which in turn help to control our body’s metabolic activity which includes the maturing process.
The chakras are located in the body as depicted above. The first, called the root chakra is located at the base of the spine followed by those located just below the navel, below the chest, at the centre of the chest, in the throat area, at the centre of the forehead and the seventh chakra which is located at the crown of the head.
According to Colonel Bradford, in a healthy body the chakras rotate at high speed releasing life force which the Hindus call prana. This life force is released in the form of etheric energy flowing through the endocrine system.
However, if one or more of the chakras starts slowing down, the flow of the life force energy is reduced or blocked. This reduction in life force energy is what accelerates the ageing process and causes ill health.
The quickest way to restore health and vitality is to get these energy centres spinning normally once again.
The rejuvenation of the chakras is achieved by regularly performing the 5 Tibetan rites.
As a believer that the only way to abundant health is to ensure the unobstructed flow of your body’s self healing energy, Colonel Bradford’s explanation resonated with me, and in December 2005, I started exercising the 5 Tibetan Rites every day.
I can vouch for the fact that since I started doing the rites each morning, I feel more energetic, I am more focused, I find it easier to remain in a positive frame of mind and yes, I do feel great and look younger.
Other individuals have claimed that since performing these exercises, their hair has darkened, some have improved their memory, others have experienced relief from arthritis, their vision has improved, they have lost weight and all feel great.
You can combine your deep breathing exercises routine while doing this 20 minute workout each morning.
I find it helpful to listen to Buddhist Chants or Native American Flute music while doing the 5 tibetan rites. I find that this type of music helps to bring me into the present moment which puts me in the right frame of mind for my manifestation meditation which I do immediately after the rites. To get an idea of the type of music that I am referring to, visit my eShop.
In addition to the music, I also burn essential oils as part of my rites routine.
The following step by step instructions on how to perform these rites, were taken out of the book, “Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth” by Peter Kelder.
The publishers of Peter Kelder’s book go to great lengths to point out that “any new exercise program should be undertaken with care” and go on to suggest that you consult a qualified medical practitioner before commencing with the exercises. Despite my own personal views on medical practitioners, I felt that I had to point this out to you.
I would also like you to please read our general disclaimer.
If you are not accustomed to exercise, start slowly and gradually build up.
You will start by doing three repetitions of each rite for the first week, then increase the repetitions by two each week, until you are doing twenty one repetitions of each rite.
This means that it will take you nine weeks, until you are doing the full twenty one repetitions of each rite.
The rites should be carried out every day to ensure the maximum benefit.
Pay close attention to your breathing when doing each rite. The way that you breathe is very important and the breathing rhythm is explained with each rite.
Your movements should be steady and slow rather than jerky and fast and you will need a yoga mat for rites two to five. The 5 tibetan rites should be done in a meditative state and should be enjoyed.
For the first of the 5 Tibetan rites, stand erect with arms outstretched, horizontal to the floor as shown in the graphic.
Now spin around in a clockwise direction.
Breathe normally as you spin.
Tip - before you begin to spin, focus your vision on a single point straight ahead. As you begin to turn, continue holding your vision on that point as long as possible. Eventually you have to let it leave your field of vision, so that your head can spin on around with the rest of your body. As this happens turn your head around quickly, and refocus your point as soon as you can. This reference point enables you to become less disoriented and dizzy.
Stand erect with your hands on your hips. Take three deep breaths. As you breathe in, imagine that you are filling yourself with a sense of well-being and fulfilment. As you breathe out, imagine that any tension which may be in your body is draining away, allowing you to feel relaxed and at ease
Lie flat on your back on your yoga mat.
Fully extend your arms along your sides and place the palms of your hands against the floor, keeping the fingers close together.
Raise your head off the floor, tucking the chin against the chest and lift your legs, knees straight, into a vertical position. If possible, let the legs extend back over the body, towards the head: but do not let the knees bend.
Tip – if you cannot raise the legs to a vertical position, raise them as far as you can but do not bend your knees. Keep your feet at right angles to your legs as shown in the graphic.
Slowly lower both the head and the legs, knees straight, to the floor.
Allow all of the muscles to relax, and then repeat the rite.
With each repetition, establish a breathing rhythm. Breathe in as you raise your head off the floor and breathe out as you lower your legs back to the starting position. The more deeply you breathe the better.
Lie flat on the yoga mat. Take three deep breaths. As you breathe in, imagine that you are filling yourself with a sense of well-being and fulfillment. As you breathe out, imagine that any tension which may be in your body is draining away, allowing you to feel relaxed and at ease.
Rite number three is the next of the 5 Tibetan rites..
Kneel on the yoga mat against the thigh muscles, pay attention to the position of your feet.
Incline the head and neck forward, tucking the chin against the chest.
Move your head and neck back as far as they will go and at the same time lean back, arching the spine. As you arch your spine, brace your arms and hands against the thighs for support.
After arching your back as far as it will go, return to the original position, and start the rite all over again.
Breathe in deeply as you arch the spine and breathe out as you return to an erect position.
Kneel on the yoga mat and rest against the thigh muscles. Take three deep breaths. As you breathe in, imagine that you are filling yourself with a sense of well-being and fulfilment. As you breathe out, imagine that any tension which may be in your body is draining away, allowing you to feel relaxed and at ease
Sit down on the floor with legs straight out in front of you and your feet about 30 centimetres apart.
With the trunk of the body erect, place the palms of your hands on the floor alongside the buttocks.
Next, tuck the chin forward against the chest.
Drop the head backward as far as it will go. At the same time, raise your body so than the knees bend while the arms remain straight. The trunk of the body will be in a straight line with the upper legs, parallel to the floor. Both your arms and lower legs will be straight up and down, perpendicular to the floor.
Then tense every muscle in the body.
Finally relax your muscles as you return to the original sitting position.
Breathe in deeply as you rise up the body. Hold in the breadth as you tense the muscles. Breathe out completely as you come down.
Lie flat on the yoga mat. Take three deep breaths. As you breathe in, imagine that you are filling yourself with a sense of well-being and fulfilment. As you breathe out, imagine that any tension which may be in your body is draining away, allowing you to feel relaxed and at ease
For the last of the 5 Tibetan rites, start with your body face down on the yoga mat in the position as shown in the graphic below.
Throughout this rite, the hands and feet should each be spaced about 60 cm apart and the arms and feet should be kept straight.
Start with your arms perpendicular to the floor, and the spine arched so that the body is in a sagging position with your head back as far as possible.
Then bending at the hips, bring the body up into an inverted "V". At the same time bring the chin forward, tucking it against the chest. That's all there is to it.
Return to the original position, and start the rite all over again.
Once you become proficient at it, let the body drop from the raised position to a point almost, but not quite touching the floor. Tense the muscles for a moment both at the raised position and at the low point.
Breathe in deeply as you rise up the body into the inverted “V” position. Hold in the breadth as you tense the muscles. Breathe out completely as you come down.
Kneel on the yoga mat resting against the thigh muscles. Take three deep breaths. As you breathe in, imagine that you are filling yourself with a sense of well-being and fulfillment. As you breathe out, imagine that any tension which may be in your body is draining away, allowing you to feel relaxed and at ease
You are done and now, you too, have the secret to eternal youth via the 5 Tibetan rites.
If you only choose to do just one type of exercise each day, then choose The 5 Tibetan rites to be that exercise. This page is part of my section on The Benefits to Exercise. In the next subsection we are going to learn how to improve cardio fitness.