Review of the Five Tibetan Rites

A Quick overview of the Five Tibetan Rites.

The Five Tibetan Rites are a yogic system consisting of energizing postures and exercises originally from the Himalayas. The purpose of the Five Tibetans is to liberate and enhance the innate energetic power of the human body and mind.  These five exercises don’t take a lot of daily time or effort.  But the believe is they offer remarkable results in the way of increased physical strength, suppleness, and mental acuity.

Benefits of regularly practicing these postures:

  • Relieves muscular tension and nervous stress
  • Improves respiration and digestion
  • Benefits the cardiovascular system
  • Leads to deep relaxation and well-being
  • Tunes and energizes the chakras

A bit more background:

In his booklet,Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, Review of the Five Tibetan RitesKelder claims that while stationed in India, British army officer Colonel Bradford (a pseudonym) heard a story about a group of lamas who had apparently discovered a “Fountain of Youth”. The “wandering natives”, as he called them, told him of old men who inexplicably became healthy, strong, and full of “vigor and virility” after entering a particular lamasery. After retiring, Kelder’s Colonel Bradford went on to discover the lamasery and lived with the lamas, where they taught him five exercises, which they called “rites”. According to the booklet, the lamas describe seven spinning, “psychic vortexes” within the body: two of these vortexes are located in the brain, one at the base of the throat, one on the right side of the body in the vicinity of the liver, one in the reproductive anatomy, and one in each knee. As we grow older, the spin rate of the vortexes diminishes, resulting in “ill-health”. However, the spin rate of these vortexes can be restored by performing the Five Rites daily, resulting in improved health.

Disputed origins

Although the origin of the Five Rites prior to the publication of The Eye of Revelation Review of the Five Tibetan Rites is disputed between practitioners and skeptics, a comparison of illustrations of the postures shows a remarkable similarity between the Rites and authentic Tibetan ‘phrul ‘khor exercises from a system rendered into English as ‘Vajra Body Magical Wheel Sun and Moon Union Chris Kilham, whose 1994 book The Five Tibetans: Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power Review of the Five Tibetan Rites helped respark the Five Rites’ popularity, says, “As the story has it, they were shared by Tibetan lamas; beyond that I know nothing of their history.”Even though the historic lineage of the Rites prior to the publication of Kelder’s booklet remains to be ascertained, the Rites have nevertheless been affirmed by a lama and scholar of the Sa skya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as being “a genuine form of yoga and were originally taken from an authentic Indo-Tibetan tantric lineage, namely a cycle of yantra-yoga associated with the Sadnadapadadharma.” However, it has been argued that the Five Rites predate yoga as we know it today by as much as seven hundred years or more and, therefore, could not have derived from either Tibetan or Indian forms of yoga. Moreover, it has also been suggested that the Rites are more likely to have originated from a system of Kum Nye which, like the Rites, date back 2,500 years.Nevertheless, Chris Kilham also states that “[he issue at hand, though, is not the lineage of the Five Tibetans. The point is their immense potential value for those who will clear 10 minutes a day to practice.”

Video of Ellen Wood Demonstrating the Five Tibetan Rites

Looking for a great program?

The five secret Tibetan Rites may be the exercises to the fountain of youth.  Chet Day provides a valuable 40 page eBook,  Supercharge Your Energy with Five Secret Tibetan Rejuvenation Rites detailing the complete text of the five rites from the original manuscript.   It also includes self-help techniques and Chet’s Living to the Max nutrition plan to accompany the five rites.  This eBook provides a great resource for those looking to jump all in to the Five Tibetans.

Bottom Line

Are the Five Tibetan Rites legit? Do they actually turn back the clock and reverse the aging process.  We are not 100% convinced. However, is this program worth 10 minutes of your morning…Yes.  It is common in modern society to look for hard scientific data to make a decision, but what do you do when its not there?  Look at the n=1 (which is, does it benefit you) and you can see that the Five Tibetan Rites have benefited people for thousands of years.  So with that in mind, we recommend  you give the Five Tibetans a try.

Namaste!