5 Tibetan Rites: The Monk’s Secret to Youthfulness and Vitality

Kai 8th birthday banff pictures 058Ever wondered if there was a secret fountain of youth that could keep you young and feeling vibrant?  According to Dr. Oz and many other practitioners, performing the 5 Tibetan Rites is one anti-aging daily practice that can help.

What are the 5 Tibetan Rites?

Dating back to 1939, the first book was written by Peter Kelder describing the practices followed by the Monks of Tibet to live long, vibrant and healthy lives.  Kelder wrote another book (manuscript) later in 1946.  These books have been edited, re-published, combined and written about in different forms.  The original books by Kelder were, The Eye of Revelation: The Ancient Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation and Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth.

IMG_4111The 5 Tibetan Rites are a series of 5 exercises, many of which are similar to yoga moves we are familiar with today.  These exercises, when practiced daily, are said to lead to increased energy, better memory, weight loss, improved vision and physical strength, more endurance and vigor, a more youthful body, improved emotional and mental health, reduced stress, and enhanced sense of wellbeing and harmony. (1 & 2)

How do the Rites work?

IMG_4115In the original book, Kelder talks about our bodies having 7 psychic vortexes (chakras) that are “spinning centers of activity.”  As we age or when we are ill, these vortexes slow down.  The purpose of the Rites exercises is to start the magnetic centers spinning again, which leads to rejuvenation and better health.

The 7 Psychic Vortexes are located in the following areas of our body:

  1. Deep within forehead (the 3rd eye)
  2. Posterior part of brain
  3. Throat (at the base of neck)
  4. Right side of body (waist line)
  5. Reproductive anatomy or organs
  6. Right knee
  7. Left knee

How do you perform the Rites?

IMG_4117There are several sources on how to perform the 5 Tibetan Rites. Some of the sources also include alternatives to the exercises for people who lack flexibility or who have not exercised in a while.

Basics about performing the Rites:

  • Perform daily, preferably before breakfast (only 1 day off if you can’t perform them daily).
  • Work up to 21 repetitions of each Rite, e.g. start with 3 repetitions the first week and keep adding 1 or 2 more each week.
  • 21 repetitions are sufficient – don’t do more.
  • As you get more experienced, you may perform the exercises more quickly but stay in control to ensure proper form and to avoid injury.
  • Combine these exercises with good nutritional practices.  Some recommend detoxifying your system as well.

IMG_4118IMG_4120We’ve opted to share with you the following resources rather than showing you our video of the 5 Tibetan Rites.  The following people have much more experience with the Rites than we do.  Be sure to view Dr. Oz’s video of the Rites, below.

Carolinda Witt, who is the founder and developer of T5T (modified version of 5 Tibetan Rites), has DVDs, CDs, ebooks and other free articles and materials to help you get started.  She has modified the exercises to ensure proper care of the back, neck and other muscles to avoid injury.  Her focus is on using core strength to perform the exercises.  Visit her website at http://www.t5t.com/.

IMG_4121 IMG_4124Mary Kurus, who is a Vibrational Consultant based in Canada, has published “The Five Tibetan Rites: Exercises for Healing, Rejuvenation, and Longevity” and has made this paper available on line at http://www.mkprojects.com/pf_TibetanRites.htm.  In the paper, she provides a brief history of the Rites, demonstrates the exercises with illustrations, and provides both alternatives to and warm ups for the exercises.

Dr. Oz is also a daily practitioner of the 5 Tibetan Rites.  In the following video he demonstrates all 5 Rites, which was originally aired on his Dr. Oz Show and then posted online on April 19, 2012.


Our Final Thoughts

If you have been reading our posts, you know that we are no nonsense women who believe that everyday healthy living means doing a good dose of exercise, eating nutritiously and caring for our emotional and mental health.  This holistic view suggests that we look at the 5 Tibetan Rites as one thing to add to our healthy practices.  The other things you do to stay healthy are just as important, so continue to eat well, exercise, and seek emotional and mental harmony.


Recipe of the week: Beet Smoothie

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We are sisters who share a passion for healthy living! Each of us brings different knowledge and skills to this project, some similar experiences and a whole lot of shared passion for mindful, fit and nutritious living. This blog is our way of spreading our knowledge and passion about motivation, fitness and nutrition for everyday living. It is also our forum for finding like-minded people from whom we can learn. To learn more about us, please see our "About" page.
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