- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 2nd Edition, New edition (August 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594774447
- ISBN-13: 978-1594774447
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
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The Five Tibetans: Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power Paperback – August 16, 2011
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"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)
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“Powerful life lesson, both on and off the mat.” (Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW, Beliefnet.com, September 2011)
“I tried The Five Tibetans and all I can say is that they are powerful.” (Julie Clayton, New Consciousness Review, January 2012)
“In The Five Tibetans, Chris Kilham offers a simple yet profound practice that promotes health and longevity, is centering, and leads to peace of mind. Chris is a jewel among men!” (Nicki Doane, authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher and codirector of Maya Yoga Studios)
“I know hundreds of individuals who swear by this practice on a daily basis. Chris’s ability to translate this powerful teaching in a simple way has led to great self-transformation.” (Jonny Kest, creator of Slowburn Yoga and director of the Jonny Kest Yoga Teacher Training program)
“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.” (TCM Reviews)
“Kilham brings to the Five Tibetans beautifully written chapters about kundalini, the chakras, and an especially insightful instruction on the role of breathing while doing each rite. Excellent and recommended.” (Hinduism Today)
“The exercises are easily learned from the text and accompanying photographs.” (Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insights, September 2011)
“A time-honored classic that belongs in every yoga library. A true yogi, Chris’s voice is strong, sensitive, and clear; his calling deep and genuine.” (Deepak Chopra)
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HEALTH / EXERCISE
“A time-honored classic that belongs in every yoga library. A true yogi, Chris’s voice is strong, sensitive, and clear; his calling deep and genuine.”
Originating in the Himalayas, the five yogic exercises known as the Five Tibetans take only a minimum of daily time and effort but dramatically increase physical strength, energy, and suppleness as well as mental acuity. Also called the Five Rites of Rejuvenation, these exercises were brought to the West in the early 20th century by a retired British army officer who learned them in a Tibetan lamasery. Regular practice of these postures relieves muscle tension and nervous stress, improves digestion, strengthens the cardiovascular system, tunes and energizes the chakras, and leads to deep relaxation and well-being. Enhancing the innate energetic power of the body and mind, these exercises provide a vehicle for enlivening the senses and harnessing energy for the purpose of self-transformation. Since 1978, Christopher Kilham has taught these exercises to thousands of people seeking a healthier lifestyle.
The Five Tibetans has established itself as a classic among yoga practitioners and teachers alike. In this new edition the author shares his own positive experiences from more than 30 years’ devotion to the practice, even during his extensive worldwide travels, and explores the spiritual benefits of the Five Tibetans as well as the profound impact the practice has on health, longevity, and healthy aging.
CHRISTOPHER S. KILHAM has taught yoga, meditation, and natural health since 1978. Known for his appearances as the Medicine Hunter on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and FOX News, he has conducted medicinal plant research in more than 30 countries across 5 continents and the South Pacific. The author of many articles and several books, including Hot Plants, Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise, and The Whole Food Bible, he lives in western Massachusetts.
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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!
You will look silly doing these, and people will ask questions. This book tells you why you're doing what you do, so you can satisfy people's curiosity quite well. They may even start to do them!
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