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THE FIVE TIBETAN RITES FOR BODY-MIND-SOUL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Thousands of years ago, Tibetan monks in the Himalayas discovered the fountain of youth, vitality, and longevity: they condensed and modified more than twenty yoga exercises into five-now known as the Five Tibetan Rites.

This innovative yogic system of exercises is instrumental in energizing the entire body, the mind, and the soul for balance and alignment for their well-being.

The postures and exercises of the anti-aging Five Tibetan Rites

The Tibetan Rites are easy and enjoyable to practice. It takes less than 20 minutes to do the full 21 rotations of each of these rites.

The First Tibetan Rite

Stand tall and erect.
Breathe naturally and slowly.
Stretch out your arms sideways so that they are parallel to the floor.
Now slowly spin your body around in a clockwise direction (3 to 21 repetitions).
Stop if you feel dizzy.

The Second Tibetan Rite

Lie flat with your back on the floor.
Fully extend your arms along your sides, with your palms against the floor, and your fingers closed together.
Breathe in slowly.
With chins tucked in, gently raised your head from the floor. Meanwhile, lift both of your legs, keeping your knees straight, into a vertical position from the floor.
Slightly tilt your legs a little back over your body towards your head, while keeping your knees straight.
Breathe out slowly.
Now, slowly lower your head and your legs, returning them to their original positions.

The Third Tibetan Rite

With your body erect, kneel on the floor, with your hands against your thighs.
Incline your head forward, with your chins tucked in against your chest.
Breathe in slowly.
Now, gently pull your head and neck backward, arching your spine. If necessary, press your hands against you thighs for support.
Breathe out slowly.
Return your body to the original position.

The Fourth Tibetan Rite

Sit erect on the floor with your feet extended out in front of you (about 12 inches apart). Place your hands, palms against the floor, next to your buttocks.
Tuck your chin forward, and then drop your head backward as far as it can go.
Breathe in slowly.
Now, raise your whole body, with straight arms, and bent knees. Your trunk should be in a straight line with your upper legs, horizontal to the floor.
Hold your breath while you tense every muscle in your body.
Breathe out slowly as you return your body to the floor.

The Fifth Tibetan Rite

Place your hands on the floor (about 2 feet apart).
Stretch and extend your legs to the rear (about 2 feet apart)
Breathe in slowly.
Push your body up as far as possible, with your toes in a flexed position. Support your body with your hands and palms against the floor. Your arms should be straight and perpendicular to the floor, while your legs should be straight and parallel to the floor. Your whole body should be in a sagging position.
Breathe out slowly.
Now, pull your head backward as far as possible. Then bend your hips and bring your body up into an inverted “V” position, while bringing your chin forward, tucking it against your chest.

THE FIVE TIBETAN RITES

Stephen Lau
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NATURAL HEALTH VERSUS MEDICINE

Natural health has much to do with self-healing. The human body has a built-in mechanism that is not only capable but also responsible for self-healing and recovery from any disease or disorder. Therefore, natural health has little to do with medicine.

Medicine is a broad term that includes different medical systems that have different approaches to human health, as well as diseases and disorders.

Chinese medicine is one of the most sophisticated medical systems in the world. It has been enhanced through thousands of years of experience and research. Its unique difference from Western medicine is that it focuses on "natural health" rather than on "healing" because Chinese medicine promotes natural health and overall wellness of an individual, as opposed to the focused approach of Western medicine in treating disease symptoms.

Modern medicine is advanced in technologies and procedures in diagnosing diseases and disorders, as well as treating their symptoms. However, modern medicine may not be efficacious in removing the causes of diseases and disorders. The explanation is that they do not have a natural approach to natural health, as evidenced by the overuse of chemicals in modern medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been around for thousands of years, has a more natural approach to health and healing. Unlike Western medicine, which focuses almost exclusively on specific organs, tissues, and body parts, Chinese medicine is
holistic in that it focuses on balance and harmony of the body, the mind, and the spirit or soul. Accordingly, it does not treat just the disease symptoms, but also the underlying causes as well. To illustrate, Chinese medicine focuses on natural health, such as correct breathing to enhance and promote heart health and overall wellness.  In Western medicine, doctors will not tell you to breathe correctly unless you have respiratory problems.

As another illustration of the approach to natural health, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, sunlight nourishes the brain because it not only gives you solar energy, but also heals and purifies your brain, as well as balances your whole body system. Western doctors, on the other hand, may probably ask you to pop in a vitamin D pill if you have calcium deficiency due to lack of sunlight.

Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of using diet to promote natural health, in particular, the use of herbs as foods, such as the use of garlic and ginger to control blood pressure and cholesterol, to heal arthritis, to overcome nausea and chest congestion. Herbs are also used in tea, such as dried chamomile flowers to heal insomnia. Furthermore, herbs in the form of sensual herbal remedies, such as aromatherapy or hydrotherapy, can be inhaled through steam, hot baths, and foot soaks to relax the mind. The use of herbs as remedies attests to the holistic approach of Chinese medicine to natural health and healing.

The Chinese Medicine Bible

Stephen Lau

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