Friday, 13 March 2009

Tibetan Rejuvenation Rites - Ancient Wisdom For Modern Fitness

"Tibetan rejuvenation rites" is a phrase you are going to be hearing more of over the course of the next few years. More correctly called The 5 Tibetan Energy Rejuvenation Rites, this ancient, 5 part yoga exercise routine is the subject of a popular book for western audiences, The 5 Tibetans, by Christopher S. Kilham. Part of the popularity of the Tibetans lies in the routine's brevity and limited spatial requirements. It can be done in fifteen minutes and requires no more horizontal space than it takes to lie down and no more vertical space than it takes to stand up with your arms outstretched.

This is not a routine for the unfit. This is deadly (in a good way, if you like the burn).

Here is a list of the 5 Tibetan Rejuvenation Rites. One does them in order. Each exercise is done 21 times. If you can't do the full 21 at the start, you do as many as you can and then move onto the next one. Note that the descriptions provided are bare descriptions. If you are going to try the routine, read up on it and the breathing that accompanies each movement first from an authoritative yoga source.

In Step 1, one twirls clockwise (that is, to the right) with arms extended sideways from the shoulder. 21 times: speed is not important and focusing on points in space is cheating.

Step 2 is 21 gut crunchers. You lie on your back, put your arms at your side, lock your knees and then raise your head and legs straight up and down.

In Step 3 you kneel; back straight, butt up, legs together, arms at you sides, and move your chin all the way down and all the way up, 21 times.

Step 4 is 21 reverse bridges.

Step 5, in yoga terms, is a Cobra to a Downward Dog. It's kind of like assuming a push-up position and then lifting yourself off the floor, alternating between head lift and a butt lift.

To find out more about the 5 Tibetan Rites just click here.