The five Tibetan rites were first popularized by Peter Kelder in his booklet called The Eye Of Revelation. He claimed that he learned them from a British army officer Colonel Bradford who had discovered the “Fountain of Youth” from a group of lamas. They believed that the human body had seven spinning psychic vortexes within it and that as we grow older the vortexes spin less. In order to get them spinning properly again one must perform the five rites of rejuvenation.
While spinning vortexes might be a stretch the the five rites of rejuvenation are at their core a set of Yoga like exercises and by performing them one can feel better as one can with most exercise.
Now it is important to consult your Physician about starting an exercise program even though Peter Kelder specifically wrote that T5T or the five Tibetans were not an exercise program.
He also stated that one should strive to perform 21 repetitions of each rite. However do what you can at the beginning and work your way up. Even if you cannot fully perform one single of each rite merely trying is a step in the rite direction do not be discouraged. I myself have lost 12 pounds in the last month by performing the five rites and eating healthier.
The First Rite
Stand tall and put your hands out palms down. Then spin in a clockwise direction. This is important you must spin in a clockwise direction.
The Second Rite
Lie down on a rug or a bed and place your hands down flat beside your hips. Then raise up your feet and simultaneously bring your head up. Make sure to keep your knees straight and bring your feet up until your legs are at least vertical if not pointed toward your head. If done right your buttocks may rise slightly and you will feel the exercise working your abdominals. Slowly lower your feet and head back down and you’ve done one rep.
The Third Rite
Kneel on a rug or mat with your hands at your sides. Keep your feet on your toes. Lean forward as far as possible, bending your waist with your head forward put your chin on your chest. Then Lean back as far as possible and slowly pull your head back as well. (I like to put my hands on the back of my thighs here for stability but I’ve read you shouldn’t don’t have to.) Bring yourself back to a vertical position and you’ve done one rep.
“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.”
The Fourth Rite
Sit on your bottom with you feet in front of you on the floor about shoulder width apart. Put your hands palm down by your sides with your fingers pointed forward. Put your head forward. Now slowly bring your head back and raise up on your feet. Push your bottom up and you will look like a table similar to the crab walk you might of learned as a child. Your torso should be aligned with your thighs and both should be parallel to the floor. Slowly reverse this position and you’ve done one rep.
The Fifth Rite
Place your hands on the floor as if you were to do a push-up, about shoulder width or a little more apart (up to 2 feet or so). Your feet should also be about shoulder width or a little more apart. Push your hips up as far as possible until it would look almost like you are trying to form a triangle with the floor as the lowest line. Next bring your body slowly down as if you were going into the push-up position. Then bring the head up and push the top of your body upward almost like a hindu push-up. You will almost look like a J with your back being the curved part but much with much less curve.
Take your time and build up to these as someone who is heavy I can tell you I’ve had particular trouble with the 5th rite. However I have been getting better and have begun to lower myself more and more each time though I have yet to accomplish the full 21 repetitions. You have to start somewhere, the trick is to start.