In our rediscovery series on health, we examine the benefits of Peter Kelder’s Five Tibetan Rites. As we document our experience and progress, we hope you could observe and benefit from our experiment and review of the five tibetan Rites. Or maybe learn from our mistakes and hopefully look forward to the results, if we do see them in us!
As the second week rolls on, I’m still doing 6 repetitions on the 5 Rites. I noticed that my back is getting stronger; proof came from being able to sit up-right longer. Other improvements came to my notice are: able to fully relax after each Rite and breathing slowed considerable. My body isn’t producing a lot of heat as compared to the first few days. I also noticed I’m not as hungry as before – I ate about the same as before but stayed fuller longer. Similar pressing issues remained: bulky stomach and now very mild tiredness.
Week two! I increased my repetition to 7. Surprisingly, it was not as much different from 6 repetitions except for Rite 2. I corrected my mistake and at the same time doing it slower than before. I actually felt some muscle ache in my abs in the afternoon. I am proud of ourselves that we have not rested for one day since we started 8 days ago.
I was trying to see any tinge of ‘youthfulness’ re-emerging in the mirror but I guess it is too soon! Another thing I noticed is that I get very HUNGRY soon after a meal. This is different from most people’s experiences I read. Howard, in contrast, felt less hungry in between meals since he started. I am also started to feel less giddy after Rite 1. But I still cannot imagine doing it for 21 times which we aim in a few months! Watch this space.
I kept at it and I felt better, so I increased the Rites to 7 repetitions. It was easy today. I’m not sure if I had benefited from doing the Rites. I’m just so glad that the jet lag feeling was now gone.
I increased my repetition to 8. Rite 5 is surprisingly easy. I don’t have strong arms and I felt it in my arms when I first started doing the rites 9 days ago. Today, I felt that I could just go on and do another 8 for Rite 5!
I woke up as usual – no longer tired. I increased the repetitions to 8. I later realized I did Rites #3 incorrectly; did not bend at the waist. I’ve gotten the wrong information for a website. When I went back to the book and reread the instructions – I realized my mistakes; going forward I’m just going to follow the book.
It’s getting easy! Completed 8 repetitions in no time. Another thing I noticed is that I’m not as giddy doing the ‘twirls’ in Rite 1. It’s definitely a marked improvement when we first started when just 3 twirls already made me giddy. Howard pointed out a mistake I had in Rite 3. I kept my hands throughout at the back on my thighs. I should put them next to my thighs when I restart every repetition.
I felt great this morning. I had a lot of energy; rather unusual. I decided to take the opportunity and increase my repetition to 10. This is a stark resemblance to the first few days – felt mostly drained. The opposite was true this morning – 10 repetitions was easy. I could have done more; so I thought. I didn’t realized how tiring my muscles were. I had to climb flight of stairs a few hours after breakfast. It was then that I realized I could barely lift my legs; yes, all true. Incredible.
I also did 10 repetitions today. I can feel that I’m getting stronger, especially in my arms. I was already finding the last Rite, Rite 5, (which is similar to yoga upward/downward dog) getting easier a few days ago. I literally felt like an elastic band doing that Rite!
I stayed with 10 repetitions this morning. I didn’t noticed or felt anything different.
10 repetitions with no sweat!!
Against my wishes I stayed with 10 repetitions again, and I was glad I did – felt tired in the end. I realized that my abdominal muscles are getting stronger; the Rite #2 are done with ease now, while Rite #5 remained mildly difficult. With almost two weeks into this exercise, my confident is increasing; perhaps I might be able to accomplish the daunting task of doing the Rites 21 times. In any event if I really wanted to, I can split up this now seemingly difficult task into two session; one in the morning and another in the evening. Thinking about it at this very moment – I should have a definitive goal of the end date when I would be able to do the Rites 21 times a day; getting overly confidence now.
One thing that I noticed as we advanced onto our 5 Tibetan Rites experiment, all the Rites get significantly easier day after day. Even though we are only into week 2 of our experiment, my stamina and strength has noticeably improved! Today I noticed that I’m much less giddy doing the ‘spins’ in Rite 1. I still recall the first time I tried it on Day 1 with only 3 reps, I was so giddy I have to hold on to the wall after trying it out. I’m amazed at the progress, at the moment, just at the physical level: Stronger and more energetic. No one has mentioned we look younger!
Howard and Mira took a day off from the 5 Rites.