Five Tibetan Rites
The Five Tibetan Rites is a system of exercises reported to be more than 2,500 years old, which was first publicized by Peter Kelder in a 1939 publication titled The Eye of Revelation.
The Rites are a form of Tibetan yoga similar to the yoga series that originated in India. However, the Five Rites emphasize a continuous sequence of movements. Although the Rites have circulated amongst yogis for decades, skeptics say that Tibetans have never recognized them as authentic Tibetan practices.
The Five Tibetan Rites are also referred to as "The Five Rites," "The Five Tibetan," and "The Five Rites of Rejuvenation."
The Fountain of Youth, Rejuvenation, and Longevity
In 1985 a book called The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, written by Peter Kelder was
published, which fully described an exercise program for "youthing" for the first time. This is an
exercise program used by Tibetan monks to live long, vibrant and healthy lives. This book
states that many have lived longer than most can imagine by following the program often called the
"Five Tibetan Rites."
Potential Benefits of the Five Rites
The authors provide many examples of the benefits of the "Five Tibetan Rites," including the
following: 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; significantly improved physical strength, endurance, and vigor; improved emotional and
mental health, enhanced sense of well-being and harmony, and very high overall energy.
• Looking Younger and feeling younger
• Boosting the Immune System
• A significant increase in energy— long term stamina, endurance, vitality
• Accessing higher Levels of Consciousness
• Feeling of empowerment
• The practicing of the rites positively affects the body, the emotions, and the mind
• Stimulates the circulation of essential life force energy in the body through the harmonized spinning of the seven main energy centers (chakras)
• The seven main chakras get activated, start spinning faster, their spinning is coordinated
and harmonized, so they stimulate all the glands of the endocrine system, which in turn
heals all the organs in the body
• Detoxification is stimulated
• Feel calmer and less stressed
• Sleep better. People usually have more vivid dreams
• Waking up refreshed and energetic
• Develop significant mental clarity with better focus
• Releases pain
• Improved vision
• Feel stronger, more flexible, and less stiff
• overall improvement in your health, don’t seem to catch colds, etc. as frequently
• Helps with depression and anxiety—lifts mood and improves well-being
• More centered and at peace
• Feel younger and more powerful
• Increased levels of Life Force Energy (Chi, Prana)
• Some people lose weight—most find it easier to control weight and desire healthier foods
• Improved digestion and elimination
How the Five Rites Work
Medical professions explain the benefits based on their perspective, and I suggest you read the entire two books for a broad overview. However, the majority share the view that the rites represent an
exercise system that affects the body, emotions, and mind. The Tibetans claim that these exercises
activate and stimulate the seven key chakras that stimulate all the glands of the endocrine
system. The endocrine system is responsible for the body's overall functioning and the aging process. This
means that the Five Rites will affect the functioning of all your organs and procedures, including the
physical and energetic systems, and that includes the aging process. The man who brought these Five
Rights out of Tibet stated that "performing the Five Rites stimulates the circulation of essential life
energy throughout the body."
Chakra is an Indian Sanskrit word that translates to mean "Wheel of Spinning Energy." Chakras are
spinning wheels or vortexes of the energy of different colors that perform many functions connecting our energy fields, bodies, and the Cosmic Energy Field. Chakras are powerful electrical and magnetic
fields. Chakras govern the endocrine system that, in turn, regulates all of the body's functions, including the aging process. Energy flows from the Universal Energy Field through the chakras into our bodies' energy systems, including the Meridian System.
Our bodies contain seven major chakras or energy centers and 122 minor chakras. The major chakras
are located at the base of the spine (Root Chakra), at the navel (Sacral Chakra), in the solar plexus
(Solar Plexus Chakra), within your heart (Heart Chakra), within the throat (Throat Chakra), at the
center of your forehead (Brow or Third Eye Chakra), and at the top of your head (Crown Chakra).
These chakras are linked together with all other energy systems in the body and various layers of the
The Speed of the chakra spin is a key to vibrant health. The other keys to vibrant health that relates to
the chakra is ensuring they are clear of negative energy and that they are perfectly shaped and not
The Five Rites speed up the spinning of the chakras, coordinate their spin so they are in complete
harmony, distribute pure prana energy to the endocrine system, and in turn, to all organs and processes in the body. This is one of the major requirements for vibrant health, rejuvenation, and youthfulness.
The Five Rites Exercise Program
This program is often described as a modified yoga program. Simply put, yoga is a science that unites
the body, mind, and spirit. Today this is often called Mind/ Body Healing. The author of the book
believes that yoga was brought to Tibet from India in the 11th or 12th century and that Tibetan monks
5 Tibetan Rites developed modified these exercises and developed an effective program of exercises that western society now calls the "Five Tibetan Rites." The rugged mountainous conditions these monks live in may well account for their particular emphasis on vigor. Many of the yoga exercises and practices being taught in the western world today are very new. The "Five Tibetan Rites" are exactly
what the ancient Tibetans developed over many centuries. Therefore it's vital to do
the "Five Tibetan Rites" exactly as they are presented without altering the form or sequence to achieve
some of the benefits accrued to these "Rites."
Beginning the "Five Rites" Exercise Program
1. For the first week, if you are relatively healthy and fit, do each exercise three times.
2. If you are inactive, overweight, or have health problems, begin these exercises doing one of the first three each day, and only if you feel comfortable doing this. Later in this article, I will describe exercises you can do to help yourself strengthen so you can begin to do the "Five Rites." If you have any concerns whatsoever, please consult with your physician. Individuals on serious medications should consult with their physicians.
3. If you are overweight, do not do Rites #4 and #5 until you have developed some strength and endurance. Do the substitutes for #4 and #5 until you feel ready to begin doing #4 and #5 of the "Five Rites."
4. Do what you feel comfortable doing. That may be only one of each exercise for the first week. Build up to two of each exercise the second week, three of each exercise the third week, etc., or at a faster pace only if your body does not hurt when you do these exercises.
5. 21 is the maximum of each exercise you should ever do. If you want to enhance your program, do the exercises faster but do not do more than 21 of each exercise each day. Doing more than 21 repetitions of each exercise any day will negatively affect your chakras and create imbalances in your body.
6. The "Five Rites" may stimulate detoxification and often creates many unpleasant physical symptoms. This is why it's recommended to increase the number of each exercise gradually weekly.
7. If you have not exercised for some time, prepare to begin your "Five Rites" exercise program by walking daily, for a half-hour each day if possible. Another alternative in preparation for the Five Rites is a stretching program with a gradual increase in the types of stretching exercises and the duration of this program.
8. A sugar-free and low-fat diet is important to support when integrating the "Five Rites" exercise program into your life. Also, check for Digestive Food Sensitivities and eliminate all foods you do not digest easily.
9. Do the Five Rites exercises every day. The maximum you should skip is one day each week. If the exercises are done less than six days each week, the results will be greatly reduced.
10. If on certain days your time is limited, do 3 repetitions of each exercise. This takes less than five minutes.
11. For maximum benefit, do the exercises before breakfast in the morning, if at all possible. If this is not possible, do them anytime during the day.
"Stand erect with arms outstretched, horizontal with the shoulders. Now spin around clockwise. As with all the Rites, start with nine repetitions, increase three per 2 weeks until you work up to 21 reps per day." A tip for this is to look at the end of your right hand as a reference point.
"Lie full length on rug or bed. Place the hands flat down alongside the hips. Fingers should be kept close together with the finger-tips of each hand turned slightly toward one another. Raise the feet until the legs are straight up. If possible, let the feet extend back slightly over the body toward the head, but do not let the knees bend. Hold this position for a moment or two and then slowly lower the feet to the floor, and for the next several moments, allow all of the muscles in the entire body to relax completely. Then perform the Rite all over again."
"While the feet and legs are being raised, it is a good idea also to raise the head, then while the feet and legs are being lowered to the floor lower the head at the same time."
"Kneel on a rug or mat with hands at sides, palms flat against the side of legs. Then lean forward as far as possible, bending at the waist, with head well forward—chin on chest. The second position of this Rite is to lean backward as far as possible. Cause the head to move still further backward. The toes will prevent you from falling over backward. The hands are always kept against the side of the legs. Next, come to an erect (kneeling) position, relax as much as possible for a moment, and perform Rite all over again."
"Sit erect on a carpet with feet stretched out in front. The legs must be perfectly straight -- the back of knees must be well down or close to the rug. Place the hands flat on the rug, fingers together, and the hands pointing outward slightly. Chin should be on the chest -- head forward."
"Now gently raise the body, at the same time bend the knees so that the legs from the knees down are practically straight up and down. The arms will also be vertical, while the body from shoulders to knees will be horizontal. As the body is raised upward, allow the head gently to fall backward so that the head hangs backward as far as possible when the body is fully horizontal. Hold this position for a few moments, return to the first position, and RELAX for a few moments before performing the Rite again."
"When the body is pressed up to complete horizontal position, tense every muscle in the body."
"Place the hands on the floor about two feet apart. Then, with the legs stretched out to the rear with the feet also about two feet apart, push the body, and especially the hips, up as far as possible, rising on the toes and hands. Simultaneously, the head should be brought so far down that the chin comes up against the chest. Next, allow the body to come slowly down to a ‘sagging’ position. Bring the head up, causing it to be drawn as far back as possible."
"The muscles should be tensed for a moment when the body is at the highest point, and again at the lowest point."