Five Tibetan Rites

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Welcome Back Your Body, Mind & Spirit in Five Simple Steps with this Powerful Healing Tool: The Five Tibetan Rites for Complete Healing & Awareness ... Real Help for Lightworkers

The Tibetan Rites are based on an Eastern Philosophy of Seven Chakras (Vortexes) or Energy Centers of the Body. (Read more about Chakras here) I have been a long-time supporter of these sacred five rites. There is much more to these simplistic rites than meets the eye as there is a far deeper meaning to these rites; for truly, when we can touch the Heavens within ourselves as a complete body-vehicle-temple, we open the sacred "pyramidal capstone" within and connect with Source/Creator - within and without. Let these sacred rites touch your life - lift your energy/spirit - and bring you back to balance and wellness.


IMPORTANT:  With every form of exercise, you must take certain precautions. Like in many forms of Yoga around the world, an important part of the Tibetan exercises is a conscious synchronization of breathing while performing physical activity.

Before beginning the exercises, practice the 4-Stage Breathing Technique:

  • Inhale
  • Hold Filled Lungs
  • Exhale
  • Hold Empty Lungs

SPECIAL CAUTION:  Spinning and stretching through the following exercises can aggravate certain health conditions such as any type of heart problem, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, severe arthritis of the spine, uncontrolled high blood pressure, a hyperthyroid condition, or vertigo. Problems may also be caused if you are taking drugs that cause dizziness. Please consult your physician prior to beginning these exercises if you have any difficult health issues or if you have any other concerns.


The 5 Tibetans are a compilation of 21 exercises of Yoga. The practice of these exercises gives again an exceptional vitality and a youth within the body and the spirit. We know that ageing is controlled by the endocrine glands. 2000 years ago, the Tibetan monks also knew this knowledge because they developed a system of exercises which they believed able to renovate these glands by reconditioning the chakras. These exercises are accessible to all, it takes only a little determination and desire to be well. They are rather easy to carry out. They have an effect of youth, of rejuvenation. You may also feel an increase in the libido, your level of joy and your total energy.

Start as follows:

The first week, start between 3 and 5 repetitions of each exercise. That will roughly take 5-10 minutes. Each week, add at least two additional repetitions until you reach 21 repetitions of each 5 exercise, which will take you about fifteen to twenty minutes on the whole. It is not necessary or useful to make any more, stop at 21. Breath calmly, deeply and rest between each exercise.

The First Tibetan: Following the Rotation of the Universe

Whirling (Spinning) Counterclockwise:  Similar to the Whirling Dervishes, this first Tibetan exercise reinforces our personal magnetic field. We did exercise this as children and yet were blissfully unaware what we were doing - a simple, effective re balancing. The exercise consists of revolutions, the arms in a cross, the left palm towards the ground and the right towards the sky. The eyes remain open for obvious reasons. The easiest is to swivel on the right foot which remains on the ground and to push with the left foot. [As when we were children, being able to relax the arms and allow them to flow out from your sides while whirling not only brings a greater sense of accomplishment to the exercise - it is also fun.]
At the end of the revolutions, the two feet drawn aside the width of the shoulders, flat on the ground, the hands joined like "prayer", one closes the eyes (if possible) to visualize our magnetic field. Wait until the dizziness ceases.

The Second Tibetan: The Root Pushes Through the Soil

V-Shape:  Lay on your back, both arms along the body, take a great in-breath. While expiring, take your head of the ground, try to touch your chest with your chin and raise the legs as high as possible. These two movements must be carried out at the same time. Do not fold the knees. Then go down again the head and the legs together gently towards the ground while inspiring. Start again.

The Third Tibetan: A Stalk is Both Thin and Strong, It Sways yet Remains Standing in the Wind

Similar to Camel:  Starting position on knees, feet pointed towards the ground, the chin on the chest and hands hung under the buttocks. Breath in, send the head, the shoulders and the trunk towards the back in a slow and continuous movement. The point of pivot is at the level of the pelvis. Expire while going back to the starting position.

The Fourth Tibetan: A River Flows Following the Contours of the Land

Table or Bridge:  Sit on the ground, legs extended in front of you, the hands on the ground beside your buttocks and the chin on the chest, you slip the buttocks towards the heels and raise all the body to form a reversed bridge and you drop the head towards the back while inspiring. You return to the starting position while expiring.

The Fifth Tibetan: The Waterfall Spills a Powerful Current into the Waiting Pool

V-Reverse: Lay on the ground, face down, pointed feet, the arms support the body arch backwards. Take a big breath. While expiring, raise the buttocks highest possible to form a "V" reversed. Go back to the starting position while inspiring.

You will soon feel more alive and vibrant and your health will greatly improve!

To Your Abundant Health!

*Mevlevi Order or the Mevleviye are a Sufi order founded by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi, a 13th century Persian ( Tadjik ) poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian, in Konya (in present-day Turkey ). They are also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remembrance of Allah). Dervish is a common term for an initiate of the Sufi Path.

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