The 5 Tibetan Rites demonstrated here by “how to grow younger” expert Ellen Wood are a great health secret to keep you looking – and feeling – zestful and younger in your midlife dating years!  I am a great devotee of Yoga to keep me youthful – and the 5 Tibetan Rites are very much part of my add-on routine!

In this video you can see that Ellen Wood, inspirational speaker, columnist and author of THINK and GROW YOUNG – Powerful Steps to Create a Life of Joy, is a living example of the effectiveness of the processes she teaches.

Background of 5 Tibetan Rites

Fountain of Youth book

In 1985 a book called The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth written by Peter Kelder was published which for the first time fully described an exercise program for “youthing”.

This is an exercise program used by Tibetan monks to live long, vibrant and healthy lives. In fact, this book states that many have lived longer than most can imagine by following the “Five Tibetan Rites” program.

The benefits are described in this book and a subsequent called the Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth – Book 2, a companion to the original book.

Potential Benefits of the Five Tibetan Rites

The authors provide many examples of the benefits of the “Five Tibetan Rites” including the following:

  • looking much younger;
  • sleeping soundly;
  • waking up feeling refreshed and energetic;
  • release from serious medical problems including difficulties with spines;
  • relief from problems with joints;
  • release from pain;
  • better memory;
  • arthritis relief;
  • weight loss;
  • improved vision;
  • youthing instead of aging;
  • greatly improved physical strength, endurance and vigor;
  • improved emotional and mental health;
  • enhanced sense of well being and harmony;
  • very high overall energy.

Beginning the “Five Tibetan Rites” Exercise Program

Start slowly and building up your prowess gradually – especially for midlifers this is good advice! 

Start Three Times a Week

For the first week, and only if you are relatively healthy and fit, do each exercise three times.

If you are inactive, overweight, or have health problems begin these exercises doing one of the first three each day, and only if you feel totally comfortable doing this.

Skip these if overweight

If you are overweight do not do Rites #4 and #5 until you have developed some strength and endurance. Do the substitutes for #4 and #5 until you yourself feel ready to begin doing #4 and #5 of the “Five Tibetan Rites”.

Do only what you feel comfortable doing. That may be only one of each exercise for the first week. Build up to two of each exercise the second week, three of each exercise the third week, etc. or at a faster pace only if your body does not hurt when you do these exercises.

21 is the maximum of each exercise you should ever do of the 5 Tibetan Rites.

Fast or Slower?

If you want to enhance your program, do the exercises at a faster pace, but do not so more than 21 of each exercise each day. Doing more than 21 repetitions of each exercise in any day will affect your chakras negatively and can create imbalances in your body.

Watch out for Detoxification

The “Five Tibetan Rites” may stimulate detoxification and often creates many unpleasant physical symptoms. This is why it’s recommended to increase the number of each exercise gradually on a weekly basis.

Build up Slowly

If you have not exercised for some time, prepare to begin your “Five Tibetan Rites” exercise program by walking daily, for a half hour each day if possible. Another alternative in preparation for the Five Rites is a stretching program with a gradual increase in the types of stretching exercises and the duration of this program.

Dietary Recommendations

A sugar free and low fat diet is an important support when integrating the “Five Tibetan Rites” exercise program into your life.

Daily Ritual

Do the Five Tibetan Rites exercises every day. The maximum you should skip is one day each week. If the exercises are done less than six days each week, the results will be greatly reduced.

If on certain days your time is limited, do 3 repetitions of each exercise. This takes less than five minutes.

Best before Breakfast

For maximum benefit, do the 5 Tibetan Rites routine before breakfast in the morning, if at all possible. If this is not possible do them anytime during the day.

My advice is to embrace this yoga like routine and make the 5 Tibetan Rites your daily ritual for growing younger and staying youthful in your midlife years. Like the Tibetan Monks you will stay healthy, youthful and energized, with all the vim and vigour to enjoy the LIFE YOU LOVE.