The Fountain of Youth
By Carl Powell
The “Five Tibetan Rites” are a form of simple stretches that among many things stimulate the glands, muscles and nerves of the body to increase in vitality and stamina. They are a form of Yoga that is thought to have developed about 2500 years ago in Tibet.
The benefits of the "Five Tibetan Rites" are improved muscle strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. The flowing movements are meditative in nature. The movements increase circulation throughout the body, while controlled breathing helps with concentration, relaxation and feelings of peace and harmony. The mindful nature of these exercises is in alignment with eastern traditions of physical exercise as part of respecting the human body as a temple fit for the spirit to live comfortably.
Beginning the "Five Rites" Exercise Program
1. For the first week, do only one repetition. If you are relatively fit, then do each exercise three times. Take time to breathe and relax your mind throughout the moves. Imagine your body moving easily and feeling light as if moving through water.
2. If you are inactive, overweight, or have health problems begin these exercises doing one of the first three every day, but only if you feel totally comfortable doing this. You can modify any moves for your own comfort level. The key is to be happy with what you can do and stay focused on the breath. Relax your mind and let it be easy.
3. Do only what you feel comfortable doing. That may be only one of each exercise for the first week. Build up to two of each exercise the second week, three of each exercise the third week, etc. only if your body does not hurt when you do these exercises.
4. According to tradition, 21 is the maximum of each exercise you should ever do to avoid over stressing the body and mind, as these exercises are designed to be a relaxing and peaceful experience. If you want to enhance your program, do the exercises at a more controlled or a faster pace, but do not so more than 21 of each exercise each day. The best thing to do is to listen to your body and pay attention to your breath while doing the movements. Learn to let it be easy!
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. Breath normally.
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. Exhale, and 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 you back and legs are tight, slightly let the knees bend. Inhale as you slowly lower the legs and head to the floor. Allow the muscles to relax, and repeat.
Kneel on the floor with the body erect. The hands should be placed on the backs of your thigh muscles or at the hips. Inhale, and then exhale as you tuck the head and neck forward, tucking your chin in against your chest. Then Inhale and gently squeeze your buttocks and back muscles and move backward, arching the spine. Keep your head in line with your spine. Your toes should be curled under through this exercise. As you arch, you will brace your arms and hands against the thighs or hips for support. Keep breathing normally. After the arching return your body to an erect position and begin the rite all over again.
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. Inhale, then Exhale and tuck the chin forward against the chest. Inhale and press your body up from the floor be sure to raise your body so that the knees bend while the arms remain straight. Then tense every muscle in your body. Exhale and let the muscles relax as you return to your original sitting position. Rest before repeating this Rite.
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 upper body is lifted and supported by the arms. Keep your head in line with your spine and Inhale. Then exhale while 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.
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