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This is an exercise program used by Tibetan monks to live long, vibrant and healthy lives. The program is often called the "Five Tibetan Rites". The rites represent a system of exercise that affects the body, emotions and mind. The Tibetans claims that these exercises activate and stimulate the seven key chakras that in turn stimulate all the glands of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for the body's overall functioning and aging process. Performing the 5 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 powerful electrical and magnetic fields. Chakras govern the endocrine system that in turn regulates all of the body's functions including the aging process. Our bodies contain seven major chakras or energy centers. They are located at base of spine (Root Chakra), navel (Sacral Chakra), solar plexus (Solar Plexus Chakra), heart (Heart Chakra), throat (Throat Chakra), forehead (Brow or Third Eye Chakra) and head (Crown Chakra).
These chakras are linked together with all other energy systems in the body and various layers of the auras. The 5 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.
The benefits of the 5 Tibetan rites include the following:
An important part of the Tibetan exercises is a conscious synchronization of breathing while performing physical activity. No exercise should be so intense that it makes you feel exhausted. When performing the exercises, the main emphasis should be on breath synchronization and fluency, rather than on speed and number of repetitions.
Here are the Five Tibetan Rites and how they work on the body.
Rite 1 - The first rite is the practice of spinning, which affects the emotional body by speeding up the vortexes. Spinning stimulates the body's energy system and wakes up the chakras.
With arms outstretched, palms facing down, stand tall and turn slowly around in a circle. Go as fast as you can without losing control. As you begin to spin, focus your vision on a single point straight ahead and continue holding your vision on that point as long as possible. Stop spinning as soon as you feel slightly dizzy. Lie on the floor and breathe deeply before you begin the next rite. Try 21 revolutions.
Rite 2 - It is similar to Western abdominal exercise.By raising the head to the chest, you create an extra stimulus to the solar plexus chakra and the "Conception Vessel" moving through the center of the trunk.
Lay flat on the floor on a rug or mat, on your back with your legs straight and your arms to your side plams down, keeping your fingers together. As you inhale, raise your head off the floor, tucking your chin into your chest. Simultaneously lift your legs, knees straight, into a vertical position. Then slowly exhale, lowering your legs and head to the floor, keeping your knees straight and your big toes together. Complete 21 repitions.
Rite 3 - It opens the solar plexus and heart. This rite provides an extension and a powerful lifting of the entire trunk, which is the opposite of a defensive, contractive stance. By performing this motion, you are reversing the energy flow and raising the energy to the heart area.
Kneel on the floor with your toes curled under. The hands should be placed on the backs of your thigh muscle. Arch your back and tuck your belly button up toward your spine. While inhaling deeply through your nose, raise your head up while leaning back bringing your shoulders blade together, craning your head and neck backwards as far as you comfortably can, relaxing your lower spine and supporting your weight with your hands braced against your thighs. While enhaling forcefully through your mouth with your face and cheeks relaxed, start to come forward to your starting position, with your chin tucked against your chest. Complete 21 repetitions.
Rite 4 - This rite causes a pleasant stimulation throughout the sacral area which stirs the meridians and the energies going to and from the groin and down the legs. It strengthens and tones the legs and glutes.
Sit on the floor with your spine erect, legs straight, a little less than shoulder- width apart, arms to your side, palms down, fingers together, chin tucked against your chest. As you gently drop your head back, raise your torso so that your knees bend while your arms straight. Complete 21 repetitions.
Rite 5 - It brings an immediate change in the energy currents of the body. This is the most powerful rite in terms of speeding up the chakric vortexes.
Lie down on your belly with your palms face down. Throughout this rite, your hands and feet should be kept straight. Start with your arms perpendicular to the floor, and the spine arched downward, so that the body is in a sagging position. Slowly lift your buttocks toward the sky, with a flat back, lowering your head, so your body makes an inverted V. Tuck your chin to your chest. Pause, then lower your buttocks while pressing your palms into the floor, until your legs are in a plank position. Inhale on your way up, exhale on your way down. Repeat up to 21 times.
Upon completion, rest in for as long as possible to let the body absorb the benefits of the practice. Walk around and stretch a bit for half a minute and then go on about your day. For more information about the Five Tibetan Rites visit Holistic Panama in this incredible journey of exercises and chakras to heal and enhance the self-awareness and restoring the natural state of health that people have within their selves.
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