5 Tibetan Rites – Easy Yoga for Busy People

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I always liked the idea of yoga, but it didn’t take long to realize that I’m not very good at it. Or maybe I never invested enough time and energy to learn to do it right. Yoga seems like the perfect way to stay flexible and fit, but I never got past the learning curve. That’s why I was so pleased to discover these five simple Tibetan rites.

Dr. Sid Wolf showed me how to do them about ten years ago, and they’ve been a regular part of my morning routine ever since. Here’s why:

It’s quick. The entire routine takes about 20 minutes. If I’m pressed for time, I can speed it up and do it all in about 10 to 12 minutes.

It’s portable. I don’t need any apparatus or special equipment. This eliminates one of the major excuses for not exercising: “I would exercise, but I don’t have my ________.” (Fill in the blank with: weights, running shoes, treadmill, bicycle, etc.)

It’s easy. These five simple stretches can be done immediately by almost anyone. Start slowly by doing only a few repetitions per day (3 to 7, depending on how fit you are). Add more repetitions at your own pace until you are doing 21 of each per day.

It’s thorough. This point was very appealing to me. Evidently, these 5 Tibetan rites stretch and exercise ALL of the muscles in your body. And, they open ALL of your charkas (energy centers) as well.

It’s free. There’s nothing to buy, no course to sign up for, no gym membership, and no lessons to take.

Discipline

When something comes too easy and too cheap, it’s value can be overlooked. Some people need to make a significant investment in time and/or money to trigger their psychological perception of value. Are you one of those people?

You have everything you need to begin. You have your body. By the time you finish reading this article and links, you will know exactly how to do all five of the Tibetan rites (as well as why to do them). The only other ingredient you need is discipline to begin reaping the benefits.

“Nothing of importance is ever achieved without discipline . . . the discipline you have in your life should be one determined by your own desires and your own needs, not put upon you by society or authority.” – Bertrand Russel (1872-1970)

It takes mental discipline to actually set aside 15 or 20 minutes to do these stretches . . . especially at first. After awhile, if you’re like me, you will look forward to your routine because of how good it makes you feel.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

Benefits I’ve Noticed from the 5 Tibetans

Energy It jump-starts my day by getting my energy flowing. They make me feel energized and ready to go, no matter what tasks are lined up for the day.

Clarity It also jump-starts my mind. The 5 rites are performed to the rhythm of the incoming and outgoing breath, so the body and brain benefit from oxygenation.

Flexibility When I see people with bad posture or elderly people slumped over, I am aware that performing these 5 Tibetan rites every day can prevent that from happening.

Health I feel like this is an excellent “insurance policy” of preventative maintenance and healthy living. It’s something simple I can do to take more control of my life. I can do it every day and that goes a long way toward maintaining general well-being, vitality and fitness.

Meditation After completing the 5 rites, it’s a perfect time to meditate. The body is freshly stretched and the mind is alert, so it’s easy to get completely relaxed for a good meditation session. A previous article goes into detail, “Simple Toning Meditation”.

Discipline To me, discipline is simply a promise I make to myself based upon the best information at hand tempered with common sense. The discipline developed from performing a regular routine like this spills over into other areas of life. Discipline is something that makes you feel good about yourself and helps you discover the value of individual initiative and your own personal power.

“Either you think–or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.” – F(rancis) Scott (Key) Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Anywhere . . . Anytime

I briefly mentioned the benefit of portability, but it’s such an important aspect of the 5 Tibetan rites, here are a few more details:

I’ve been doing them daily for about ten years, and I really appreciate how I can accomplish so much so quickly, no matter where I am.

Fresh Air Breathe Deep

I prefer to do them outdoors, weather permitting, because breathing the fresh air feels best. Doing them on a grass lawn is my favorite. If the weather is bad, a carpeted floor works fine. I’ve done them in countless hotel rooms when we’re on the road. I can even do them quite easily inside our motorhome when we’re on tour.

Since I prefer to be outside, I’ve also done them in countless parking lots. I have a foam pad that does a good job of insulating me from the asphalt.

Sure, I get a few double-takes and funny looks, but I got over that a long time ago. I do this for me and for the quality of life it helps contribute to my future. The longer I can stay fit and healthy, the better it is for me as well as for my family. If the sight of me stretching in a parking lot turns some heads and seems strange to an unknown passerby, so be it. It’s worth it to me to stay fit, regardless of whatever someone else may think.

“There are two major pains in life: The pain of discipline, and
the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs
pounds.” Unknown

The Story of the Five Tibetan Rites

I don’t know if it’s true or not, and it really doesn’t matter. My impression was that it was a little over-dramatized, but if it helps to get someone interested enough to give the five rites a try and enjoy their benefits, the story serves a good purpose. It incorporates incredible longevity, vigor, and miraculous healing. The best way to get the whole story is from the books by Peter Kelder that first introduced the Five Tibetan Rites to the west, “Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth: Book 1” and “Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth: Book 2.”

Description of Each of the 5 Tibetan Rites plus Photos

Here’s a link to the Five Tibetan Rites on the website of the Phoenix Healing Center. Dr. Wolf has already done a good job of providing the information needed to get started. I recommend you print it out so you can refer to the descriptions and the photos as you are learning.

The website is run by Dr. Sid Wolf and Dr. Amber Wolf. (Dr. Amber Wolf was featured in a previous article titled, “Guided Meditation for Self-Healing and Personal Development.” The article is about her CD titled, “Alpha Healing Access.”)

Give it Some Time

Start slowly and allow these 5 Tibetan Rites to grow into your life. I really like the way they make me feel right now, and I like the idea of staying fit, flexible, and energetic into the future. It’s easier to muster up a little discipline now to stay healthy than to let it slip away and then have to regain health and vitality later.

“Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.” – Samuel Smiles (1812-1904)

This is the best way I’ve found to invest 20 minutes per day to accomplish so much. Enjoy.

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