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The ‘Five Tibetans’
The ‘Five Tibetans’ were mentioned for the first time in a book published in approximately 1939, which was dedicated to the American globetrotter Peter Kelder. However, only the 1989 US edition by Harry R. Lynn has been proven. It describes the journey of Colonel Bradley, a retired officer, who was looking for everlasting youth while spending time in a monastery in the Himalayas. A few years later he turned remarkably younger, crediting it to the special rituals and exercises which helped him to rejuvenate his body and mind.
However, these supposedly ancient traditional exercises are completely unknown to Tibetans.
The name ‘Five Tibetans’, also called ‘Five Tibetan Rites’, stands for a sequence of five physical exercises: the circle, the candle, the half moon, the bridge and the mountain, which keeps the body and mind healthy. These include a combination of gymnastics and yoga like exercises as well as a particular breathing technique. The aim of the ‘Five Tibetans’ is to improve the health and vitality of every human being with regard to both the physical and spiritual wellbeing. The traditional theory behind the ‘Five Tibetans’ allows a person to regenerate the energy reservoir and to gain strength, which fades during daily life.
The performance of the ‘Five Tibetans’ is quite straightforward. The daily practice of the ‘Five Tibetan’ exercises is important and should start with three repetitions of every exercise, which is increased every week up to a maximum of 21 repetitions per exercise.
The ‘Five Tibetan Rites’ are practised by an increasing number of people due to the recommendations of doctors, gyms and wellness hotels.
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