Looking to spice up your Sun Salutations? AH HA! I’ve found the perfect solution that is conceptually similar to Surya Namaskara A, the first sun salutation performed in 9 movements at the beginning of every Ashtanga Yoga practice. Like Surya Namaskara A, this alternative incorporates physical exercise, pranayama and chakra stimulation, however, it originates from Tibet rather than ancient India. I discovered The Five Tibetan Rites last June while reading Rehmannia Dean Thomas’ book Healing Thresholds and have remained committed to the practice every day since, oftentimes even completing the series twice daily.
According to Peter Kelder, the author of The Eye of Revelation, a small book that introduced the Rites to the West, these exercises have been practiced by monks at Shaolin monasteries in China for centuries. Completing a full series takes less than 20 minutes and provides numerous benefits like slowing aging, inducing vitality, joyfulness, clarity and aiding in muscle toning.
Rebounding and the Tibetan Rites are a surefire way to mind, body and spirit restoration and rejuvenation! Once you start you will not be able to stop, and your day will not feel complete without this simple practice. So, without further ado, here´s to ¨saluting the sun¨ in a slightly different way.
Bring Out Your Inner Monk: The Five Tibetian Rites
Rite 1 – The Chakra Spin (Energy)
The first exercise is said to activate all 7 chakras and the ¨Microscosmic Orbit; the vital life force flowing though the spine. It distributes pure prana energy to the endocrine system and to all organ systems. It is the key rite to reset one’s body to optimum functioning. If you feel dizzy towards the end of the exercise take a moment to regain you balance before beginning Rite 2. Start with ten revolutions and slowly work your way up to 21, as the beautiful Raageshwari demonstrates here:
Rite 2 (Air)
Stimulates the Manipura Chakra which is the centre of Vitality and Vigour situated in the abdominal region. It will help regulate the functioning of the pancreas and digestive organs, thus aiding in the treatment of digestive disorders, diabetes and fluctuations in blood pressure. It will also help strengthen the abdominal muscles thereby acting as a powerhouse by constantly supplying vitality and bestowing balance and strength.
Rite 3 (Water)
Energizes the Vishuddhi Chakra which activates the pituitary & thyroid glands. Harmonization of these two major glands regulates the metabolism rate, controls water balance in the body via the control of re absorption of water by the kidneys & optimizes the functioning of our sexual organs. On an emotional level it fills one with a feeling of unlimited happiness and freedom that allows our abilities and skills to blossom. It also alleviates anxiety and suppressed fears.
Rite 4 (Earth)
Works on the Swadisthana Chakra associated with our re productive organs. It activates our lower abdominal and pelvic area, thereby awakening our sexual energy, and general state of pleasure. It also strengthens the lower back. When this Chakra is harmonized it brings clarity and development of a strong personality. This rite also helps weed out our negative base qualities that hinder our development
Rite 5 (Fire)
Stretches the shoulders, legs, spine and whole body while building overall body strength. It also relieves fatigue and rejuvenates the body while improving the immune system, digestion and blood flow to the sinuses. It calms the mind and lifts the spirit.
Personally I believe that by developing self discipline in our own lives, physically, mentally and spiritually; we can not only contribute to the empowerment of our own lives, but can also contribute and provide inspiration to the whole human potential. – Carolinda Witt, Founder & Developer of T5T
Learn more here, where you have access to a copy of The Eye of Revelation plus special affirmations to pair with your practice.
AH HA OVERVIEW:
- Complete the Five Tibetan Rites which will stimulate your chakras and produce pure prana energy in less than 20 minutes.
- Enjoy the feeling of pure prana with a ¨Tibetan¨ Goji-Ginger Smoothie.
- Make the Five Tibetan Rites your new ceremony!
Goji Ginger Smoothie
8 oz. Water
3 pieces Frozen Banana
2 T. Goji Berries
1 Inch Ginger (peeled)
1 T. Coconut Oil