- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892814500
- ISBN-13: 978-0892814503
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Five Tibetans: Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power Paperback – April 1, 1994
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"Kilham brings to The Five Tibetans nicely written chapters about kundalini, the chakras and an especially insightful instruction on the role of breathing while doing each rite. Excellent and recommended."
"This book is packed full of expert information . . . . clear, concise and easy to understand . . . .a wealth of information and advice from many years of teaching and personal experiences. . . . a wonderful way to start or end your day."
(Qetesh, TCM Reviews, Dec 2005)
“Readers of every background will benefit from reading this text. It is informative but endearing, and the colloquial nature of the Medicine Hunter’s no-apologies, straightforward discourse will enlighten those who are already practicing students, and those who wish to become so. Everyone - even those who feel they don’t have time in their busy schedules for yoga - should read this book.”
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HEALTH / YOGA
The Five Tibetans are a yogic system of simple yet highly energizing exercises that originated in the Himalayas. Also known as the Five Rites of Rejuvenation, they were brought to the West early in this century by a retired British army officer who learned them in a Tibetan lamasery. Since 1978 Christopher S. Kilham has taught these exercises to thousands of people seeking a healthier lifestyle.
The Five Tibetans take a minimum of daily time and effort but can dramatically increase physical strength and suppleness as well as mental acuity. Even newcomers to yoga will experience the Five Tibetans’ liberating effect on the innate energetic power of the human body and mind. Regular practice of these exercises relieves muscular tension and nervous stress, improves respiration and digestion, benefits the cardiovascular system, and leads to deep relaxation and well-being. The Five Tibetans can be a powerful vehicle not only for enlivening the senses but also for generating and harnessing vital energy for selftransformation.
CHRISTOPHER S. KILHAM has taught yoga, meditation, and natural health for more than twenty years, lecturing and appearing on radio and television programs throughout the United States. He is the author of many magazine articles and several books, including In Search of the New Age, Take Charge of Your Health, Inner Power, and The Bread and Circus Whole Food Bible.
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As for the other yoga exercises, they are simple...NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH EASY! After 3 months they got to be fun...after 6 months they are "easy"...but I'm still not so "limber" yet...but for the first time in decades I can touch my toes and even put my knuckles on the floor without bending my knees! At 5'11" and 180lbs, I'm not exactly "big" but "limber" is not normally my game...it is now...and I'm working more on it... It's very important, yoga will help lower blood pressure for various reasons. For me, the key is "Take it easy, do what you can, do the best you can and every day you'll do better!" And YES, I do these usually 6 or more times per week...I miss them when I don't. If for no other reason, buy this for your parents so they can regain their balance, so many seniors are injured or killed because of this ONE thing. At ten bucks it's the best insurance! Yoga works!
I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about the Rites after seeing the author speak about his experiences on YouTube. I also wanted to see how closely aligned he was to the original teachings in Book 1 & Book 2 of 'The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth' by Peter Kelder. (Additionally, I'd seen a few videos of people demonstrating the Rites on YouTube and I was not impressed with what I saw; i.e., did not jibe with the way I remembered having learned them some years ago, and wanted to ensure I was doing them correctly.)
I started out doing just 7 of each Rite, but because I've been pretty athletic my whole life, too quickly moved on to 14, and then 21 of each. This was NOT a good idea, even though it was really pretty easy for me to do all 21. If you are new to yoga or haven't done a regular practice in awhile, DON'T BE FOOLED BY HOW STRONG YOU FEEL - TAKE IT SLOW - these Rites *are* VERY powerful! Moving along too quickly, I definitely experienced some rather unpleasant cleansing/detox symptoms: mild nausea, headache, lightheadedness, and joint stiffness. I endured this for about a week before realizing that I could simply cut back on the number I was doing, which I did to 14 reps of each Rite.
Actually, what should have been a common-sense realization came from again reading both Book 1 & Book 2 of 'The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth': particularly, in Book 2, the importance of going slowly (adding 2 reps of each Rite weekly until you work up to 21) was really emphasized. Also, adding the Corpse Pose (relaxing by laying flat on your back) after completing all of the Rites, really feels amazing - you can actually FEEL the energy moving throughout your body (apparently laying still afterwards is really important to help integrate the chakra energy that is generated).
Another bonus: the author has a section on "Nad Meditation" which is really amazing to experience - I can now actually hear the sound he described in my right ear whilst relaxing flat on my back after the Rites - pretty incredible :)
I know some reviewers think this is just New Age woo-woo, but don't knock it until you give it a good go *with an OPEN mind* - hey, I'm 58 and it works for me!