Live: fountain of youth

By Ryan Howes | Dec 06, 2017

You don’t have to spend your life searching for a mysterious bath in order to look and feel 20 years younger. Put away the beauty products, because this timely and effective solution will rejuvenate you from the inside out. The best part is, this daily practice takes just 15 minutes of your time.

The Five Tibetan Rites, commonly referred to as The Rites, are an ancient form of daily exercise developed by Tibetan Monks and rooted in yoga. The Rites are moving mediation, are great for people of all ages, and develop mindfulness, strength, balance, flexibility and breath work.

I recommend incorporating this daily practice in the morning. Aim to perform 21 repetitions of each Rite after several weeks of practice. However, in the beginning try seven repetitions, eventually building your practice to 21.

Practice these Rites slowly at first. Engage your core and breathe. The more aware and intentional you are about these two crucial pieces, the more enjoyable and effective your practice will be. Don't forget to stop before you get dizzy on Rite 1. The number of repetitions performed during Rite 1 is the number you do for every Rite. I began this practice two years ago and continue to do it every day. Seven repetitions was my pre-dizzy ability for Rite 1. It took me three weeks of daily practice to reach 21 repetitions, and I was amazed at how my body could rotate without dizziness.

Why do the Tibetan Rites? Spinning actually harnesses and grounds your energy field. Ever hear the expression, “sharp as a tack?” Mental sharpness and focus are a real result from regular practice. In addition, this flowing practice restores balance to the body’s endocrine system, which is a group of glands that secrete hormones into the circulatory system to help support proper organ function. Your immune system will fight those common winter season invaders, keeping you healthier and more vibrant.

I have a fun challenge for you. It’s called the 21-Day Five Tibetan Rites Challenge on my YouTube channel. You can find it here. Subscribe to my channel and join me as your guide on the video journey to perform the complete Rites in 21 days.

Rite 1- Stand with your legs hip-width apart with arms outstretched to the sides, palm down and hands level with your shoulders. Focus your gaze on a spot in front of you while rotating your body clockwise. Continue to focus on that spot and consciously breathe. It won't take long before dizziness sets in, so stop before it does. Performing three Rites is better than dizzily falling over to reach your goal of seven repetitions. For safety's sake, perform this Rite in an open space. (Courtesy of: Ryan Howes)
Rite 2 - Lie flat, back on the floor with arms extended parallel to your body, palms touching the floor. If your lower back ails you, then place your hands under your sacrum. With legs together, you are ready to begin. Inhale and exhale, raising your head, with chin tucked into chest. Simultaneously raise straight legs and head just past 90 degrees. Inhale and lower head and legs to the ground. Repeat. Make sure your shoulders remain in contact with the floor and perform this Rite on a yoga mat, a folded blanket, or on a carpet. (Courtesy of: Ryan Howes)
Rite 3 is a real blessing to the spinal cord. Kneel on the floor or ground. Curl your toes under (I cannot do this comfortably with shoes on, so I recommend removing your shoes) and place your hands on the back of your upper thighs. Inhale as you slide your hands down your thighs, drawing back your head and shoulders. Doing so arches your upper spine. Be careful not to bend the middle and lower spine, as that could result in injury. Exhale and tuck your chin to chest, similar to Rite two. Repeat. (Courtesy of: Ryan Howes)
Rite 4 is called table pose in yoga. Begin by sitting on the floor with legs straight in front of you and feet shoulder-width apart. Palms are flat on the floor next to your hips. (Courtesy of: Ryan Howes)
Inhale and exhale as you drop your head back, raising the torso so that your knees bend to 90 degrees. Aim to for straight arms and flat torso like a table, hence the yoga reference. Inhale and slowly return to start. Rest and repeat. Note: I like to flex all of my muscles as I reach my tabletop position. This feels really good. It’s important to know that this Rite is very challenging for most people, so I recommend that you listen to your body and stay well within your movement comfort zone in the beginning. Allow your body to warm up before pushing outside your movement comfort zone. No injuries. Do this without a mat or folded blanket. (Courtesy of: Ryan Howes)
Rite 5 is my favorite because I have found it to be an abdominally active practice. Actually, you can engage your core muscles to move your entire body from start to finish. It is here that I have "found" my core muscles, and you can, too. This Rite incorporates two yoga poses: downward dog and cobra. Lie flat on your stomach with palms next to your ribcage. Inhale and exhale, pressing into your hands and lift your hips upward into a downward dog pose. The toes should be curled under. This is possible in shoes, as you can see here. (Courtesy of: Ryan Howes)
Inhale and lower your hips towards the floor, but do not allow your thighs and hips touch the floor. This pose is called cobra. Repeat. (Courtesy of: Ryan Howes)
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