Optimize Your Health with Five Tibetan Rites

Five Tibetan Rites

The story of how the Five Tibetan Rites got introduced to the Western world is somewhat a mystery as it has never been verified that the story is true. However, the benefits that countless people have derived from practicing and persisting with the implementation of the Five Rites have more than proven its value.


A man by the name of Colonel Bradford came in contact with the wandering natives of the remote regions of India while he was stationed there. He listened to many fascinating stories of their customs, but he found the most intriguing tales were about a group of Lamas.


Lamas were Tibetan priests who were said to have discovered the “Fountain of Youth.” They passed down this secret for thousands of years with no attempt to conceal it. Nonetheless, their remote location served as a natural container which suppressed this knowledge from the rest of the world.


Colonel Bradford, who had fallen victim to the aging process, became enamored with the idea of growing “younger” at first, until one day he found himself consumed with the thought. He began researching to pinpoint the exact location of the monastery where the Lamas resided.


His diligence paid off, and Colonel Bradford eventually found the monastery. Upon his return, Colonel Bradford was said to look nearly half his age by random people who guessed his age. He walked into the monastery with a cane, but during his stay, he was able to climb hills without it.


Thrilled and energized by his results, he decided to share what he learned with others. The following is a description of the Five Tibetan Rites that allowed Colonel Bradford to reverse the aging process and actually grow younger.


How Does the Five Tibetan Rites Work?


The body has seven energy vortexes, known as chakras, which correspond with one of seven ductless glands in the body’s endocrine system regulating the hormonal output. When one has optimal health these vortexes spin in unison at great speed. This allows the vital life force known as chi or prana to flow up the endocrine system.


As we advance in age or experience illness, one or more of these energy centers slows down causing a blockage in the flow of the life force. When a chakra is spinning slowly, it causes that part of the body to weaken while a fast spinning chakra causes anxiety, exhaustion, and nervousness. Getting these energetic vortexes to spin properly will allow one to optimize their health. The Five Tibetan Rites stimulates the seven chakras.


Rite 1

(A video is provided below for visual instruction.)

This first rite is child’s play. I mean really, you’ve probably seen children do this all the time. It is done specifically to speed up the vortexes.


Directions: Stand erect with your arms outstretched parallel to the floor. Spin in a clockwise direction until you become slightly dizzy. To prevent the dizzy sensation, choose a focal point on a wall or another object, at eye level. As you turn, keep your eyes on this point as long as possible. Return your eyes to the point of focus as quickly as possible after you turn.


Modifications: If you feel dizzy or feel like you must rest or sit down, then stop. Listen to your body. Most adults can only spin about six times before feeling dizzy. Start off slow as you will build up to spinning to more. Spinning should not be done excessively because it will have a counterproductive effect on the body by blocking the chakras. The Lamas spun just enough to invigorate the chakras.


Rite 2

This rite follows the first rite and provides even more stimulation to the chakras.

Directions: Lie stretched out flat on your back on an exercise mat or cushioned surface facing up. Make sure your arms are fully extended at your sides, and your palms are on the floor with your fingers close together. Raise your head off the floor while tucking your chin against your chest. As you do this lift your legs straight up into a vertical position without bending your knees.


If possible extend the legs even further, toward the head keeping the knees straight. Now slowly lower both the head and the legs to the floor without bending the knees. You may relax your muscles, then repeat the rite.


Breathing: Take a deep breath in as you lift the head and legs, exhale fully as you lower them. Keep the same rhythmic breathing in between repetitions and while relaxing your muscles. The deeper the breaths, the better.


Modifications: If you find it difficult to keep your knees straight, bend them only as much as necessary to allow you to lift the legs. As you continue practicing this rite, do your best to straighten your knees as much as possible.


Don’t feel bad if you have to bend your knees in the beginning. Colonel Bradford described how one of the Lamas was so feeble in the beginning, to perform the second rite he could only lift his legs with his knees entirely bent and his feet dangling toward the ground. He regained his strength little by little and by the end of his third month he could perform the right perfectly.


Rite 3

Complete this rite immediately after the second rite.

Directions: Kneel on the floor with the body erect and your hands against your hamstrings or the back of your thigh muscles. Move your head and neck forward and tuck the chin into the chest. Now throw the head and neck back as far as they will go as you lean backward, arching your spine. When you arch backward, support yourself by bracing your hands against your hamstrings. Return to the original position and start this rite from the beginning.


Breathing: Inhale deeply as you arch the spine and exhale as you return to the erect position. Breathe deeply, taking as much air into the lungs as possible.


Thousands of years ago, the Lamas discovered all the answers to life’s mysteries could be found within. When performing this rite, they closed their eyes to turn their attention inward.


Rite 4

Directions: Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you and your feet 12 inches apart. With your torso erect, place your palms on the floor beside your buttocks. Then tuck your chin into your chest.


Now, drop your head back as far as it allows while raising your body, so your knees bend, but keep your arms straight. Your torso along with your thighs should be parallel to the floor while your arms and calves are perpendicular to the floor. Tense all the muscles in your body, then release fully and return to the original seated position. Rest a bit and then repeat the rite.


Breathing: Inhale deeply as your raise your body, hold your breath when you tense your muscles, and exhale fully as you lower your body.  Rest between repetitions.


If you find this particular rite difficult, you are in good company as Colonel Bradford too found it difficult and had to work up to doing it correctly.


Rite 5

Directions: Lie down face down on your mat supporting your body with your palms down on the mat and your toes in a flexed position. Keep your arms and legs straight and be sure that your hands and feet are about two feet apart. Begin with your arms perpendicular to the floor, arch your spine back and allow the body to sag. Now, throw your head back as far as you can.


Then raise your body into an inverted “V” position by bending at the hips while also tucking your chin into your chest. Return to the starting position and continue doing the rite.


Breathing: Inhale deeply when you raise the body, exhale fully as you lower it.


Modifications: When performing this rite starts becoming effortless, let the body drop from the raised position to almost a point without touching the floor. Tensed the body both when it’s raised and when you are slumped. Maintain the same breathing pattern previously mentioned for this rite.


How Many Times to Perform the Five Tibetan Rites


Each rite should be performed three times a day for the first week. Then add two repetitions a day for each rite every week until you are performing each rite 21 times a day. The completion of 21 repetitions per rite will only take a few minutes each day. If you find it difficult to perform a certain number of repetitions, just do as much as you can then incrementally increase the repetitions as you become more capable.


  Week 1 3 Reps/Rite
 Week 2 5 Reps/Rite
 Week 3 7 Reps/Rite
 Week 4 9 Reps/Rite
 Week 5 11 Reps/Rite
 Week 6 13 Reps/Rite
 Week 7 15 Reps/Rite
Week 8 17 Reps/Rite
 Week 9 19 Reps/Rite
Week 10 21 Reps/Rite


When to Perform the Five Tibetan Rites


The rites can be performed morning or night, or split between the two. However, it is best to perform them when the stomach is not full. It doesn’t have to be empty but refrain from performing the rites after a meal or on a full stomach.


Can Any of the Five Tibetan Rites be Omitted?


While you will get the most benefit from performing all five rites, each of these rites is powerful on its own. Doing any of the five rites 21 times a day consistently will yield positive results. Even if you can’t do 21 repetitions of each rite, do what you can and know that you will still get results.


Five Tibetan Rites Do’s and Don’ts


Don’t overexert yourself to perform any of the rites. Do as much as you can at that time and continue to build upon it.

Do practice the rites every day to get real results. Don’t skip more than one day a week.

Don’t take cold showers or baths, either tub or washcloth, while you are implementing the rites as this will undo all the benefits you have received from performing them.




Kelder, Peter. Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth. New York: Doubleday, 1998. Print.














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