The Five Tibetan Rites yoga is considered to be based on Buddhism and can be defined as a union of the three essences of life such as the mind, the body and the spirit. The lamas of Tibet have been known to live up to the age of 100 or more but with the zeal and vigor of a 50 year old. Their energy and vitality was attributed to the yogic exercises that they performed. Some of these simple exercises called the ‘5 Rites’ were developed in the monasteries of Tibet over centuries. Another form of Tibetan Yoga is the Yantra Yoga or the Yoga of Movement which has its roots in the 8th century and has been recently introduced to the western world.

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The dynamic yogic exercises or the Five Tibetan Rites Yoga comprise of meditation, synchronization of breathing and positive thinking. The exercises involve the balancing of the 7 chakras of the body effecting the nervous, cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory system. These exercises are known to unleash a dormant power that provides the body with cosmic energy and vitality, thus enhancing the quality of life being lived.

The ‘5 Rites’ were introduced to the west in the 1930s when Corl. Bredford, a retired army officer from the British army returned after practicing the exercises for 3 years and as a result looked many years younger. His experiences were recorded in a book called ‘The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth’ by Peter Kelder. This instigated many people to follow the Five Tibetan Rites Yoga and they experienced amazing results by getting cured of depression, backache, arthritis, diabetes, respiratory and digestive problems.

The Five Tibetan Rites Yoga has gained tremendous popularity due to the fact that it is not only a means of exercise but a way to de-stress as well. Also it takes just 15 to 20 minutes to complete the entire exercise routine so it can be easily fit into most people daily routines. The print version of the Five Tibetan Rites Yoga can be found on the Internet and easily printed out which has probably help to spread the popularity of the 5 rites.

The Five Tibetan Rites Yoga are similar to yoga practiced in India, except that the former emphasize more on continuous movements whereas the Indian form emphasizes on static positions. But the benefits achieved from either form are similar, being increased energy and vitality, a sense of calmness and increased flexibility and strength of the body.

If you want to look deeper into the Five Tibetan Rites Yoga probably one of the best routes would be to google “print version Five Tibetan Rites” print out a version of it and see if it fits into your lifestyle or your normal yoga routine.