The following group of exercises, taken from Peter Kelder’s Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, is known by several names…the 5 Tibetans….the 5 rites……the Longevity rites…..but whatever you want to call them, they work on more than just the cardiovascular or musculoskeletal systems. They work on a system more profound and impactful— your energy system.
Our body, despite having a physical, tangible presence, is an energetic, spiritual entity that is comprised of multiple energy systems. Some of the more well known of these systems included energy meridians (what acupuncture medicine is based on) and chakras (from Hindu tradition).
The 5 Tibetan Longevity Rites are said to be derived from a Tibetan monk practice meant to maintain the body in its most youthful state through activation of the bodies 7 chakras which correspond to seven endocrine glands in the physical body. These endocrine glands (testes/ovaries, pancreas, adrenals, thymus, thyroid, pituitary, pineal) produce hormones that govern the functioning of all the other organs and systems in our bodies. If these 7 energy chakras are functioning at their peak, our endocrine glands will be strong and healthy and thus we will be able to live, work, and play in the most youthful, healthful state possible.
From a purely physical perspective, these exercises promote spinal mobility (good spinal mobility is a sign of youthfulness), increase muscle tone and endurance, increase oxygenation to all the body tissues, and improve cardiopulmonary health.
Instructions: Start with 3 repetitions of each exercises once daily in the order shown in the video series below. Each week add 2 more repetitions of each exercise, building up until you are performing 21 repetitions of each exercise. (Tip: There’s no benefit to rushing and trying to build up to 21 repetitions very quickly. The body responds best to slow gradual change!)
Supine Leg Raises