Every man desires to live. But no man would be old.
The origins of the Five Tibetans are shrouded in romance and legend. As the story goes, a British army colonel learned these exercises from Tibetan monks in an isolated Himalayan monastery. The monks were reported to have found the secrets to a “fountain of youth.” The colonel searched for years to find this reclusive sect of monks, and when he reached the monastery, protected by the high mountains and the rough terrain, he was amazed at the health, vitality, and age of the monks. They assured him that the only secrets to their long life were the five yoga exercises, a simple diet, and religious observances.
Returning to Britain, the colonel taught the exercises to Peter Kelder, who published them in a book entitled Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth in 1939. Kelder originally called the exercises “the five rites of rejuvenation.” Today they are simply known around the world as the Five Tibetans.
The benefits reported by those who practice the Tibetans are increased vitality, flexibility and mental clarity. There are also many fantastical claims regarding the benefits of these simple exercises. Testimonials included in the introduction to Kelder’s book cite “curing hair loss, memory failure, wrinkles, insomnia, eczema, obesity, arthritis, sinus, pain and fatigue.” Many of these claims are not conclusively documented (or approved by the FDA), but the exercises take a mere ten to twenty minutes a day to do. Their great benefits, compared to the small investment of time and effort, are well worth it.
The Tibetans work on all the essential levels of intelligence. They strengthen the muscles as well as increase flexibility. They enhance breathing and clear the mind. A daily practice requires sheer will. And practitioners report that the exercises are excellent at moving subtle energy through the body.
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Alan Davidson, founder of
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