The five Tibetan rites, also known as the “The Fountain of Youth,” are a series of continual movements thought to be over 2,500 years old. The rites take about 15 minutes and should be done daily, preferably in the morning. These ancient exercises can help you boost your health.
The daily ritual of performing the five Tibetan rites at the beginning of each day will offer many benefits including the following moves:
- Increased flexibility
- Better balance
- Stronger muscles
- Stress reductions
- Clarity of thought
- More energy
- Improved overall health
- Enhanced sense of calm
When beginning the five Tibetan rites, make sure and start out slowly aiming for three repetitions of each movement. As with any exercise, we should listen to our bodies and take care not to force anything beyond their natural tendencies. If you experience pain or severe discomfort, look for ways to modify the movement or do fewer repetitions until your strength and stamina increase.
Eventually, you will want to work your way up to 21 repetitions for each of the five movements. Do these ancient exercises slow and methodically, remembering that your breathing plays a role.
The Five Ancient Exercises You Need to Be Doing Everday:
Rite 1: Sufi Whirling
Stand with your arms extended outward at shoulder level. Begin to spin clockwise slowly while looking in front of you. If you get dizzy, you can focus on a single point but try to allow your vision to blur as you spin. Stop when you feel dizzy or if you are losing your balance. Work your way up to 21 complete spins.
Feel your breath entering and exiting your stomach. When you stop the movement, breathe more deeply in and out until you have regained your balance and your heads stop spinning.
Rite 2: Leg Raises
Lay flat on your back on the floor with your arms along your side, palms up. Keep your legs straight and take a deep inhalation breath as you lift your legs as high as possible eventually ending up over the head. At the same time lift your head off the ground bringing your chin to your chest. Exhale slowly as you lower your head and legs back to their original positions.
Note: You can modify this movement by placing your hands under your buttocks with your palms facing down to support your lower back.
Inhale as you raise your legs and exhale while lowering them.
Rite 3: Recovery Posture
Kneeling, place the palms of your on hand along the side of your thighs. Bend your chin towards your chest and begin to inhale deeply. Slowly raise your head and begin to lean back as you move hands from the side to the back of your thighs. Slide your hands down lower as you lean back further to help support your weight. Allow the weight of your head and neck to drop backward as you look up. Keep your eyes open to maintain your balance and feel the release in your spine. Begin exhaling as you slowly return to your original position.
Inhale as you move back into the bend and exhale when returning to the original position.
Rite 4: Table Posture
Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you about shoulder-width apart. Place your arms along your side with the palm of your hands flat on the ground and your fingers pointed towards your toes. As you begin to inhale, raise your buttocks while keeping your arms still and bending your knees. Shift the weight to your arms and continue to lift until your thighs are parallel to the ground, allowing your head to fall back. Exhale as you slowly return to the original position.
Inhale as you lift and move into the table posture and exhale as you return the original position.
Rite 5: Inverted-V
Here is the last of our ancient exercises. On your hand and knees, inhale as you move into the Cobra position by moving forward, straightening your legs, arching your back and leaning your head backward. Try not to let any part of your body touch the ground except for your toes and hands. As you begin to exhale, move into Downward Dog by bending at the waist into an inverted V. Straighten your legs and arms while tucking your chin into your chest.
Inhale as you lower yourself into Cobra and exhale as you move into Downward Dog.
After completing the fifth movement, lay on your stomach with your arms stretched out at shoulder length with your chin on the ground. Close your eyes and feel your breath and blood circulate through your body.
When your breathing returns to normal, turn your head to one side and take a few deep breaths. Turn your head to the other side and take a few more deep breaths. Relax for one minute and then begin your daily routine.