The secret to the 5 Tibetan Rites became unveiled in the 1930's when a retired British army officer discovered a remote Tibetan monastery where the monks were rumored to have discovered the legendary Fountain of Youth. The remarkably old, yet amazingly healthy monks claimed that the secret to reversing aging lay in the five special movements they performed daily. The officer learned these exercises from the monks and taught them to Peter Kelder, who documented them in the book “The Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth.”
Practitioners reported improvements in strength, endurance, and energy, relief from joint pain and headaches, better memory and vision, weight loss and even a more youthful appearance.
On Saturday morning, September 11, Jo Caron, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, will hold an experiential 3-hour workshop on “The 5 Tibetan Rites and the Chakras” in Volcano, Hawaii. According to Caron, who will be focusing on the spiritual, mental and emotional (as well as the physical) benefits of the 5 Rites, the second edition of the book included a new chapter on the power of the mind. Through further research, Caron realized that the 5 Rites were meant to stimulate the energy centers of the body, the chakras, by speeding up and coordinating their spin. She recommends focus on each chakra during repetition of the exercises for increased benefits. By activating and stimulating the chakras which, in turn, stimulate all the glands of the endocrine system, the 5 Rites benefit the body's overall functioning and aging process. The man who brought these 5 Rites to the West, stated that, "Performing the 5 Rites stimulates the circulation of essential life energy throughout the body."