Five Tibetan rites are a sequence of exercises that are 2,500 years old and that made it to the West thanks to a book called The Eye of Revelation by Peter Kelder in 1939. The Five Rites are essentially a Tibetan form of yoga focused on a sequence of movements, instead of static positions.
Kelder wasn’t particularly focused on breathing, but subsequent editors of his book emphasized a specific breathing pattern to enhance the effects of the rites. The following tips will help you perform the right properly.
The first rite is performed while standing in an upright position with arms stretched out to the sides parallel to the floor. This rite involves spinning until slightly dizzy and it must be performed clockwise.
The second rite is essentially a sit-up, performed while lying on the floor with arms to the sides. Lift the legs up until perpendicular to the floor and the body, and if possible, pull them past the hips and abdomen more towards the head. Hold this position for a few breaths and slowly lower the legs to the floor.
Arms are at the side and the back is straight, and the feet are resting on the tips of your toes.
The first position is to bend forward at the waist with your chin to the chest.
The second position is to bend backwards as far as possible.
The forth rite is a variation of a table top, where you sit on the mat with your back straight, legs stretched in front of you. Lift your hips with the help of your arms, thighs parallel to the ground, feet resting on the floor like a table. Hold this pose for a few breaths before going back to the original position and repeating the exercise.
The fifth rite is a sequence of switching from the downward facing dog position to the upward facing dog position. Hands and feet are on the mat in the downward facing dog, legs and arms are straight, hips are high up, back is straight, facing the floor. To switch to the upward dog position, the goal is to face the ceiling, so push your upper body forward, chest and face are above the hands that are resting on the mat, with legs on the floor.
The benefits of the rites are sometimes exaggerated, some even going as far as calling them the fountain of youth. The more realistic results include stress reduction and increased flexibility and energy levels. However, given the fact how long they have been around, and countless miraculous stories attached to them, including them in your daily exercise routine may just reveal their secret.