This video was made over twenty years ago as part of the Amrita Rejuvenation set. I published that to YouTube with the Tibetans excluded. I post it here as its own thing. This is a digital rendering of a tape, and it holds up pretty well, considering.
The Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation resurfaced for me recently when I recommended them to a client. I had forgotten how powerful they are and have included the set in my daily workout.
How powerful? Let’s just say less is more. The mistake I always made was to do “one more.” Now I know to do “one fewer.” I would get so high that I would inevitably “forget” to do them the next day…and the next…Then one day you notice that it’s been weeks…months…years since you felt like trying it.
One learns humility, one way or another. I thought I could energetically handle whatever these quiet little yoga postures had to show me. They gently put me in my place.
I recommend doing just three of each for a week and see how you feel. It takes about two minutes. Nice and easy. Physically it’s not much. But that’s not where the workout is. It’s in the energy. An odd number is recommended, so maybe do five next week if you’re ready, but don’t hesitate to back it down three if you get too high.
The Wikipedia entry explains some controversy about their origin. They MAY be 2,500 years old…or not. They may be “Tibetan” …or not. That doesn’t really matter much to me. I like the way they feel, provided I don’t get carried away. Juicy stuff.
And don’t forget to stand with hands on hips and take a couple cleansing breaths after each one. Don’t hang on to the energy. Let it move through you.
The key to the Five Tibetans is that the set works the chakras. The First Tibetan has you spinning clockwise with palms down. (I turn my head in the direction I’m going to prevent dizziness.) This starts the chakras spinning. I’m not sure I understand that, but that’s the story.
People who practice these regularly have reported lots of fantastic effects, mostly about turning back the clock on aging. Kurus suggests these:
looking much younger; sleeping soundly; waking up feeling refreshed and energetic; release from serious medical problems including difficulties with spines; relief from problems with joints; release from pain; better memory; arthritis relief; weight loss; improved vision; youthing instead of aging; greatly improved physical strength, endurance and vigor; improved emotional and mental health; enhanced sense of well being and harmony; and very high overall energy.
What else is possible? The biggest barrier for me is to keep doing them. And for me that means less is more.
Let me know your experience with the Five Tibetans. I’m going to keep after it for thirty days and see how I feel then.
The following also was part of the Amrita project. It provides some helpful tips.