Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Five Tibetan Exercises For Rejuvenation And Longevity

"The Five Tibetan Rites is a yoga routine based on a ritual of exercises discovered in the early 1900s by a British army colonel ... who was living in a Himalayan monastery. They are practiced around the world and are said to prevent aging."

The whole thing can be done in less than 10 minutes. Each movement should be performed up to 21 times. Start with 3 repetitions each and gradually increase in increments of 2.

An important part is conscious breathing while doing the rites. Before beginning, practice the basic 4 -stage breathing technique ( inhale, hold, exhale, hold empty lungs).

It should not make you feel exhausted. If you become short of breath your body is low on oxygen and you should slow down. Emphasis should be on breath synchronization and fluency, rather than on speed and number of repetitions.

"Five Tibetan Exercises For Rejuvenation And Longevity

Rite 1
Stand erect with arms outstretched, horizontal to the floor. Spin around clockwise, until you become slightly dizzy.
Rite 2
First, lie flat on the floor, face up. Fully extended your arms along your sides, and place the palms of your hands against the floor, keeping the fingers close together. Then, raise your head off the floor, tucking the chin against the chest. As you do this, lift your legs, knees straight, into a vertical position. If possible, let the legs extend back over the body, toward the head; but do not let the knees bend. Then slowly lower both the head and the legs, knees straight, to the floor. Allow all the muscles to relax, continue breathing in the same rhythm. Breathe in deeply as you lift your legs and breathe out, as you lower your legs.

Rite 3
Kneel on the floor, with the body erect. The hands should be placed against the thigh muscles. Incline the head and neck forward, tucking the chin against the chest. Then, throw the head and neck backward, arching the spine. As you arch, you will brace your arms and hands against the thighs for support. After the arching, return to the original position, and start the rite all over again. Breathe in deeply as you arch the spine, breathe out 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 inches apart. With the trunk of the body erect, place the palms of your hands on the floor alongside the 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.

The trunk of the body will be in a straight line with the upper legs, horizontal to the floor.

Then, tense every muscle in the body. Finally, relax your muscles as you return to the original sitting position, and rest before repeating the procedure. Breathe in as you raise up, hold your breath as you tense the muscles, breathe out completely as you come down.

Continue breathing in the same rhythm as long as you rest between repetitions.

Rite 5
When you perform the fifth rite, your body will be face-down to the floor. It will be supported by the hands, palms down against the floor, and the toes in a 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. 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. Breathe in deeply as you raise the body, breathe out fully as you lower it.

Rite 6
Deep Breathing. Stand comfortably and exhale as you bend from the waist, placing your hands on your knees. Expel the last bit of air from your lungs and without taking in new breath, return to an erect position. Place your hands on your hips, with fingers to the front and press as hard as you can while sucking in the abdomen. This will raise your shoulders and chest. While holding in the abdomen, also squeeze the pubococcygeal muscle up to emphasize the upward thrust. Hold this position and bring your closed eyeballs to the point between the eyebrows so that all this lower chakric energy will rise up to the highest centers. When you must take a breath, breathe in through your nose and then exhale through the mouth as you drop your arms down to your sides to relax. Take in several normal breaths through the nose and mouth before beginning again."

More here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/249007/TibetanExercises


  1. Jamie:

    thanks for posting the tibetan exercises. I recently heard of these and did a google search and your website came up. Do you do these and if so have you noticed a difference?
    thanks again, nice site about yourself. Jane(another Leo)

  2. I did them for a few days but didn't stick with it, so unfortunately I can't be of much help :)

  3. Anonymous11:43 PM

    Tibetan exercises can promote health and aid in balancing hormonal activity. When done daily, they help eliminate double chins and middle age spread.

    The five Tibetans exercises get your heart pumping, although not long enough for full cardio benefits. They strengthen your muscles and improve your flexibility. Even better, they give you a great lift, like you had a cup of coffee without the coffee.

    Doing the Tibetans
    Tibetans Exercise 1 (Whirling)
    Tibetans Exercise 2 (Leg Raises)
    Tibetans Exercise 3 (Camel)
    Tibetans Exercise 4 (Crab Lifts)
    Tibetans Exercise 5 (Up and Down Dog)

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