The 5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation are a series of five exercises practiced in sequence up to 21 times per exercise. They are yoga-based and are accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. The Rites were discovered in the 1930s by a British Army colonel who studied them while living in a Himalayan Lamastery. They were later promoted by An American named Peter Kelder who wrote two books about the Rites called The Eye of the Revolution and The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth.
According to the Tibetan monks and lamas, the only difference between youth and old age is the spin rate of the chakras. Chakras are spinning wheels of energy within our subtle bodies that are responsible for the reception, assimilation, transformation and transmission of life force energy. They are the map of YOU…who you are, how you feel and where your limitations happen to be at a given time. Chakra alignment and restoring health and well-being are the biggest benefits to practicing the Rites. They are easy to learn and only take 10-15 minutes a day to complete.
Results vary with people who practice the Tibetan Rites. Almost all of those I know who practice regularly (at least 5 times a week) have more energy throughout the day. Many people have lost weight and noticed increased muscle tone. Many students report that they can focus better and slept much sounder when they practice regularly. I personally have had strangers tell me that my skin is glowing or I look radiant after I’ve taught a Tibetan Rites class or have come directly from my practice. It always catches me off guard, but it’s happened enough that I can tie it directly to the Tibetan Rites. I have witnessed several students who look years younger after a few months of regular Rites practice. I can also tell if they haven’t been practicing, even before they say a word about it. I agree with those who call the Tibetan Rites exercises the “fountain of youth”. Sounds crazy, but I continue to see the evidence of this with many people every day.
For most people, the best time of day to practice is the morning. Some people find that practicing the Rites later in the day causes insomnia or a burst of energy several hours after practice. A morning practice also offers energy that can take you through the day, much like a morning cup of coffee. For others, the timing of practice doesn’t affect sleep and they can practice any time.
A friend in London suggested I research the Tibetan Rites when I mentioned I was looking for some unique yoga themes to use for upcoming classes I would be teaching. I started searching for information and background and loved what I discovered. I taught the Tibetan Rites to my yoga students that next week, and they (and I) were hooked. I wanted the Rites to be accessible to anyone and began to research modifications for each of the five exercises. There wasn’t a lot of information out there, so I took what I could find, adapted it using my therapeutic yoga background and added new options. Additional modifications are created during most Tibetan Rites classes to accommodate the many physical limitations students present. It’s always exciting to see a huge smile on the face of someone who didn’t think he or she could practice these exercises but learns a way to adapt them to their specific needs.
T5T.com offers a free PDF download of Peter Kelder’s book “The Eye of the Revolution”. The site also promotes a video for purchase that does a good job of going through each Rite and explaining how to practice them. A few modifications are offered, but not many.
There’s no shortage of Tibetan Rites videos on YouTube. I haven’t found any that I highly recommend. For a demonstration of the basic Rites, Dr. Oz does a fairly good job of explaining and showing them in this video: http://www.doctoroz.com/
I have been working on producing my own video that will offer lots of modifications. I am hoping to finish that project soon. Stay tuned!
Kim Leibowitz, E-RYT 200/RYT 500, is a certified yoga instructor and a registered member of Yoga Alliance. Kim currently teaches at Glenmore Yoga & Wellness Center in Richmond, VA. She and Physical Therapist Jennifer Hays, MPT, have joined forces to offer wellness workshops and individual sessions that combine physical and yoga therapy principles designed to give people tools they need to alleviate physical and emotional pain. Kim also runs MarketWorks, a marketing consulting company.
Chakra Sketch Credit: Hal Wallof
How to look and feel young: The Five Tibetan Rites
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