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The Five Tibetan Rites: Exercises for Healing, Rejuvenation, and Longevity

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“When you think you have discovered something new and previously unknown, it has probably existed for centuries”
Occasionally we come across some simple yet profound information that we feel compelled to share with others……the Five Tibetan Rites is one of those things.

Peter Kelder’s “Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth” is a wonderful little book sharing the “secrets and ancient wisdom” of The Five Rites.

Strangely enough when you first glance at the book your assumption is that it will hold special information that will give you insight into “The Fountain of Youth” which it does, but it is in the form of a simple exercise program that has been used by Tibetan Monks for centuries!

This program is used by the Monks to live long, vibrant and healthy lives. In fact, Kelder’s book states that many have lived longer than most can imagine by following the program often called the “Five Tibetan Rites”.

Kelder outlines “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; greatly improved physical strength, endurance and vigor; improved emotional and mental health; enhanced sense of well being and harmony; and very high overall energy.”

Kelder shares the five rites through the eyes of a fictional character in the British Army(although Kelder claims he is a real individual) driven by a seemingly irrational wish, a wish to recapture his health and youth.

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This aging British Army officer embarks upon an adventure of discovery that leads to forbidden Tibetan ancient land obscured by centuries of isolation; a land of wonder, where miraculous feats are a part of everyday life. There, in the shadows of the earth’s tallest mountains, he stumbles on the hidden Shangri-La, a mysterious place without time where people age but somehow never grow old.

So begins the chronicle of Colonel Bradford, whose extraordinary adventure brings him back to the West years later at age 73, looking and acting like a man of 45!

How did he accomplish this remarkable feat of rejuvenation? The secret is said to be in a series of five ancient Tibetan exercises, which anyone can perform in a matter of minutes. These simple exercises will restore youthful health and vitality by balancing and harmonizing invisible energy vortexes within the body.”

So, you ask, how exactly do “The Five Rites” work?…………………..

Good question. The five rites or exercises are designed to stimulate the seven major chakras or energy vortexes in the body. “The seven vortexes govern the seven ductless glands in the body’s endocrine system, and the endocrine glands in turn, regulate all of the body’s functions, including the process of aging.” Energy flows from the Universal Energy Field through the chakras into the energy systems within our bodies, including the Meridian System.

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“The first vortex (called the root charka) is located at the base of the spine. The second vortex (the sacral charka) is located in the area of the lower abdomen below the navel. The third vortex (the solar plexus charka) is located above the navel and below the chest. The fourth vortex (the heart charka) is located in the center of the chest. The fifth vortex (the throat charka) is located in the throat area. The sixth vortex (the brow charka) is located at the center of the forehead, between the eyebrows. The seventh vortex (the crown charka) is located at the crown of the head. In a healthy body, each of these vortexes revolves at great speed, permitting vital life energy, also called prana or etheric energy, to flow upward through the endocrine system. But if one or more of these vortexes begins to slow down, the flow of vital energy is inhibited or blocked, and well, that’s just another name for aging and ill health.”

The quickest way to regain youth, health and vitality is to start these energy vortexes spinning normally again.

The following instructions and photographs for the “Five Rites” are directly from the book Ancient Secret of the Fountain of YouthI highly recommend you purchase the book since it provides detailed information about methodology, concerns, and benefits not included in this article.

And as with any exercise program I suggest you get your doctor’s approval prior to engaging in any physical activity especially if you are dealing with an illness or medical condition.

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Rite #1:

Stand erect with arms outstretched horizontal to the floor, palms facing down. Your arms should be in line with your shoulders. Spin around clockwise until you become slightly dizzy. Gradually increase number of spins from 1 spin to 21 spins.

Breathing: Inhale and exhale deeply as you do the 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 fingers close 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 the floor, always keeping the knees straight. Allow the muscles to relax, and repeat.

Breathing: Breathe in deeply as you lift your head and legs and exhale as you lower your head and legs.

Rite #3:

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Kneel on the floor with the body erect. The hands should be placed on the backs of your thigh muscles. Incline the head and neck forward, tucking your chin in against your chest. Then throw the head and neck backward, arching the spine. Your toes should be curled under through this exercise. As you arch, you will brace your arms and hands against the thighs for support. After the arching return your body to an erect position and begin the rite all over again.

Breathing: Inhale as you arch the spine and exhale as you return to an erect position.

Rite #4:

Sit down on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you and your feet about 12″ apart. With the trunk of the body erect, place the palms of your hands on the floor alongside your buttocks. Then tuck the chin forward against the chest. Now drop the head backward as far as it will go. At the same time raise your body so that the knees bend while the arms remain straight. Then tense every muscle in your body. Finally let the muscles relax as you return to your original sitting position. Rest before repeating this Rite.

Breathing: Breathe in as you raise up, hold your breath as you tense the muscles, and breathe out fully as you come down.

Rite #5:

Lie down with your face down to the floor. You will be supported by the hands palms down against the floor and the toes in the flexed position. Throughout this rite, the hands 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. Now throw the head back as far as possible. The, 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.

Breathing: Breathe in deeply as you raise the body, and exhale fully as you lower the body.

The five rites can be a powerful life changing addition to your life……minimally it is worth a try you never know sometimes it is truly the simple things that make all the difference in our lives.

Michelle Toole
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Michelle Toole

Michelle Toole is the founder and head editor of Healthy Holistic Living. Learn all about her life's inspiration and journey to health and wellness.
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