I’ve been familiar with the series of exercises called The Five Tibetans for a number of years now, and if you’ve never given them a try, then I suggest you do. They are simple to learn and require no special clothing or equipment, take only about 15 minutes to complete, are great for keeping the body toned and your spine flexible, and can be done almost anywhere…..
The Five Tibetans:
It’s a well-known fact that regular exercise is an important factor in maintaining physical, as well as mental and emotional, well-being. But unfortunately that doesn’t mean that everybody actually includes some form of physical activity in their normal routine. A seeming lack of time is often the reason cited by people for not exercising on a regular basis. If you happen to be one of those people with limited time to devote to an exercise regimen, you might find The Five Tibetans to be “just what the doctor ordered because one of the great things about this group of exercises is that they are quick to learn and only take about 15 minutes to perform, but end up giving all the organs and the spine a good workout.
The Five Tibetans are based on several different yoga poses, so if you’ve done yoga in the past, or are used to being physically active, you will probably find them relatively easy to complete. But if you fall more into the “couch potato” category, or have been relatively in-active for awhile, several of the poses may initially seem difficult. Not to worry! The idea is to start with whatever amount of repetitions is comfortable, and work up to 21 of each exercise. What’s nice is no gym membership needed, no special equipment or clothing required—you can do The Five Tibetans in the privacy of your own home whenever you have a little spare time. First thing in the morning is ideal.
Just by using these five exercises you stimulate full energy flow through the chakras and enliven the corresponding nerves, organs and glands. You will also tone and strengthen the major muscle groups and help bring back a sense of youthful vitality—some people have even had their gray hair go back to its original color. Each exercise works hand in hand with the others in the series, and together they are good for stretching stiff muscles, deepening the breath, and retaining or regaining flexibility of the spine. And you females out there that would like to firm up the back of your upper arms, these exercises, especially # 4, will definitely help with that.
To find out more about The Five Tibetans and the physiology and philosophy behind this group of exercises you can refer to The Five Rituals program or the books The Five Tibetans, by Christopher S. Kilham, and Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth by Peter Kelder. You can also find brief instructions and animated pictures of the exercises at the website www.lifeevents.org. The site also contains information on cleansing/detoxing the body, and daily practices that promote conscious well-being.
And here’s a You Tube video on the Tibetans; it’s not in English, but short and sweet :
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.