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Ancient Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation Review – Week Four

April 9th, 2010 Posted by Five Tibetan Rites No Comment yet

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!

Day 22

Howard:

Got an email from a friend – she saw that we were not following the instructions after reading our blog; we are now back to doing 9 repetitions for this week (four).  We should have started out doing 3 repetitions of the Rites and increased it by 2 repetitions every week.  So, 3 repetitions on the first week; 5 repetitions on the second week… by the end of 10 weeks we would have reached our target of 21 repetitions.  This is now the plan.

Day 23

Howard:

Second day of the fourth week went smoothly.  I noticed I have to shave more often; my facial hair is growing much faster as compared to before I started doing the 5 Rites.

Day 24

Howard:

5 Rites was done without much effort.  I over ate today and had difficulties breathing – don’t know if there is any connections with the Rites.

Day 25

Howard:

We didn’t have time to do 5 Rites – been too busy lately.

Day 26

Howard:

I continued with 9 repetitions of the 5 Rites.  I’m loving it.  Not too much effort.

Day 27

If you think about it – the 5 Rites only takes 15 minutes a day to perform and yet I can’t seem to fit it into my schedule.  I realized that if I don’t do the 5 Rites in the morning chances are I won’t remember to do it the rest of the day.

Day 28

Howard:

I continued with 9 repetitions of the 5 Rites.  I’ve learned my lesson I have to do the 5 Rites early in the morning or risk not doing it at all.

End Day

After four weeks, having missed so many days we felt we had to re-think the whole exercise again.  It is amazing to think; how simple it is to do the 5 Rites everyday – without lapse?  The truth is it is much harder than we thought.  For the short time we definitely felt the benefit from having consistently done the exercise of the 5 Rites.  However, we can’t be sure.  We will have to regroup and try this experiment again, soon.

Ancient Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation Review – Week Three

April 3rd, 2010 Posted by Five Tibetan Rites 2 comments

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!

Day 15

Howard:

I can’t believe it we have reached the start of week three.  I still maintained 10 repetitions on the 5 Rites.  After one day off it was apparent to me I’ve done the 10 repetitions of the 5 Rites with much strain.  It seem very difficult to finish; as if my body is resisting.  I pushed on and soon was able to finish but I felt tired, physically and somewhat mentally.

Mira:

With one day of rest, we are back to the 5 Rites! Currently it took us less than 10 mins to go through 10 repetitions of the 5 Rites, I guess at the end of our experiment, it will take us about 20 mins to complete the ‘recommended’ 21 repetitions. Not bad a commitment for all the health benefits we are expecting to reap! Surprisingly, I felt a bit of strain doing Rite 2, particularly in the abs. I felt weaker and I ‘cheated’ a bit by bending my legs by a small degree when I raised them up. Is it because of the one day rest?

Despite the slight weakness experienced today, it is ‘so far so good’ on our experiment. Jotting down my general observations in the beginning of Week 3:

  • Increased Energy (we only slept 5 hours on the average the past week and we felt ok.)
  • Improved Stamina (notice it when I was climbing the stairs in the subway.)
  • Increased Strength (for me, it was the arms.)
  • Increased Flexibility (particularly at the lower back)
  • Side note: Appearance (Friends commented that we look ‘fresh’! Coincidence)

Day 16

Howard:

I had to increased my repetitions to 12.  I regretted the impulse because halfway through doing the 5 Rites I was struggling; my forms were off and I didn’t care.  My goal was to reach my target of doing the 12 repetitions and my argument was that I can always work on the form once I have achieved my target of 21 repetitions at the end of 10 weeks.  Lets hope that my bad form will be curable.

Mira:

12 reps! Not as bad as I though. I tied to keep my legs as straight as possible in Rite 2. Definitely feeling it in my lower abs. I know that the book mentioned that this is not a physical exercise and we should not feel any strain. Maybe, after practising it for years! Not struggling with the rest of the Rites. Suggested to Howard that we should keep 12 repetitions for the week to build up our strength.

Day 17

Howard:

I kept my repetitions at 12.  The difficulties lingered.  I took a walk around a park and felt my burdened feet were heavy like weights.  I felt okay but sore internally; as if there is such a thing.

Mira:

Executed Rite 3 with lots of vigor today. I noticed that I could bend backwards much deeper with stronger control. I notice some ‘cracking sounds’ today from my back. Nothing to be alarmed I think. It just felt that I ‘realigned’ my spine. I also like the sensation of stretching my toes in this Rite, feel so good, especially if you do a lot of walking like me.

It is good that we decided to stay at 12 repetition for the whole week, allowing me to ‘fine tune’ my Rites.

Day 18

Howard and Mira missed their practice due to busy schedule.

Day 19

Howard:

It was very difficult to get back to the 5 Rites.  However dire my schedule I must persevere, all along thinking to myself; you lazy #4#@!. Alright it wasn’t that bad.  I still find the second Rite to be the most difficult – cause I have a big belly.  I was so tired by the end that I took a short rest by lying flat on the floor with my face to one side, unknown to me; what an incredible resting experience; ever.  I make it a point to rest in between the Rites.  In the evening, I felt extremely tired and my body was unusually hot (temperature).

Mira:

Again, just like last week, it was more strenuous to do Rite 2 properly. Felt that the abs were much weaker with just one day break. I wondered why. I also noticed that the body really heats up during Rite 4 and 5. Same repeated comment: I can feel that I’m getting stronger!!

Day 20

Howard:

I struggled and my motivation seems to be fading, fast.  However, I will finish the 10 weeks as promised.  Seem to be struck at doing 12 repetitions – difficult to pass this ceiling.

Day 21

Howard:

At the end of the third week I found myself extremely tired.  Our friend explained that we were not following the instructions.  The correct repetition starts with 3 and this number should be increasing by 2 every week.  Had we followed the instructions carefully we would have ended this week doing just 7 repetitions.  Instead, we have been doing 12 repetitions for the past few days now.  My logic and reasoning tells me to push the envelope because I’m still young; I saw people a lot older on the internet doing the Rites – back to the book.

Ancient Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation Review – Week Two

March 24th, 2010 Posted by Featured, Five Tibetan Rites No Comment yet

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!

Day 8

Howard:

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.

Mira:

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.

Day 9

Howard:

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.

Mira:

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!

Day 10

Howard:

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.

Mira:

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.

Day 11

Howard:

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.

Mira:

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!

Day 12

Howard:

I stayed with 10 repetitions this morning.  I didn’t noticed or felt anything different.

Mira:

10 repetitions with no sweat!!

Day 13

Howard:

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.

Mira:

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!

Day 14

Howard and Mira took a day off from the 5 Rites.

New layer…
New layer…

Ancient Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation Review – Week One

March 20th, 2010 Posted by Five Tibetan Rites No Comment yet

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. Or maybe learn from our mistakes and hopefully look forward to the results, if we do see them in us!

Day 0

The book arrived.  Mira and I read with much delight.  It was simple.  I couldn’t wait to get started. We made a pledge to practice the Five Tibetan Rites (5 Rites) for a period of 10 weeks.  This will be our personal journal.

Day 1

Howard:

It took no time at all to complete the 5 Rites.  We follow the book as suggested.  3 repetitions of the 5 Rites were easy for me.  However, after I took a shower – strangely I felt refreshingly awake.  At night, I noticed my heart was beating rather fast.

Mira:

The 3 repetitions was very easy for me. I did not feel any strain or exertion at all. Is it going to benefit me?

Day 2

Howard:

Increased the repetition to 4 – Again, the 5 Rites were easy and in no time we finished.

Read the 2nd half of the book.  An interesting exercise caught my eyes – learned that one could use butter to message the scalp to increase blood circulation and stimulate hair growth.  I was excited.  After breakfast, I immediately took to the task.  I applied a few teaspoons of butter into my palm and proceed as instructed.  After a short period, I took a glance at my hair and noticed I had more hairs in my palm then on my head.  Gosh, I hope I will gain more hairs then I have lost this morning.

Mira:

We completed the 4 repetitions in the morning. In the afternoon, I felt an insurmountable wave of sleepiness, I took a nap and ended up sleeping for more than 3 hours! It felt kind of similar to the ‘detox effect’ I experienced a few years ago when I increased my supplemental dosage of  anti-oxidants and minerals. I also felt a bit of ‘muscle ache’ in my biceps later in the evening. I did not expect that as I did not feel much exertion during the exercise. I guess the ache might be due to Rite number 4.

Day 3

Howard:

Early morning I wanted to increase the repetition to 5 instead of 4.  Mira thought that we shouldn’t.  I argued that the books were written for people older than 50.  Why can’t we ‘push it up a notch’? We increased it to 5.

I finished the book – not too comfortable with the 6th Rites along with other practices. However, the part on food confirms with my other readings.  I thought about putting more efforts to control my diet.

Some observations: I normally take short naps but for some reasons it was very difficult for me to wake up.  My eyes were tired.  I felt as if it is easier to stand straight. Normally, hunching was more of my comfort posture.

Mira:

I felt some strain in my lower back for the first time as I did the 5 Rites. I felt tired doing 5 repetitions. Again, I felt really sleepy in the afternoon and took another 2 hours nap. I just could not pull myself out of bed.

Day 4

Howard:

I thought about recording my weight on a weekly basis.  It was very difficult for me to wake up this morning.  We increased the repetitions of the 5 Rites to 6 times.  I felt like going back to sleep.  I was dragging my feet.  However, I did it anyway.  It was rather difficult for me to finish.  I think 5 repetitions is my limit at the moment.

I noticed that I was not as hungry for some reason.  I had a late lunch today.  After lunch I noticed my stomach is bigger than usual – it was rather rounded.  Mira mentioned that I might have done the number two rites wrong.  Instead of sucking in my stomach as I raise my legs and head, I might have pushed my stomach out causing the stomach to bulge.   That was it.  I will need to do some crunches before I sleep to flatten my stomach.  In all, I’m terribly tired today. At night, my body was night an oven – heating up the bed, almost like a mild fever.

Mira:

I was very tired in the morning and had to push myself to do the rites. 6 repetitions was not much different for me from 5 repetitions. I did not feel anymore muscle ache.

Day 5

Howard:

I failed to do any crunches before I slept the night before.  I woke up rather tired.  The exercise was more bearable today.  I was more in control.  I noticed that I had a lot of gas in me.  I wasn’t hungry as often.  Still very tired.  I took a walk around Time Square – did not help much.  The bottom-line; tired, bloated, and a general lack of appetite.  I did not see any changes to my hair – hope this really works.

Mira:

We stayed with 6 repetitions which was a breeze today. I was uncertain about some nuances in the rites, especially Rite 2 and 4. As explained in the books, the Rites should not be regarded as a form of Yoga even though the positions are similar. I remember one of my Yoga teachers, Karen, who is extremely particular of small details in our positions. Many times, little corrections she made in my posture made a hugh difference. Applying the same theory, I decided to read the five Rites instructions in detail again. I went to Youtube to check out some of the videos on the rites. It’s amazing how many varieties there are. Well, I think at the moment, we should just stick to the book we bought.

I realized that I did not do Rite 2 correctly. Even though I raised my legs slowly until it is extended beyond perpendicular, I did not “hold the position for one moment or two”. Correction noted.

The second mistake I made was in Rite 4. It was instructed that the second position (which I called the ‘staple position’) is to be held for a few moments before returning to the first position (the ‘L’). I did not. And when you are at the first position, you are supposed to “RELAX” for a few moments before performing the Rite again. (written in all caps in the book). Again, I did not do that.  It was also further elaborated that you are to “tense every muscle in the body” when you are in the second staple position. I will take note tomorrow.

PS: Did not take nap today. Felt normal.

Day 6

Howard:

From Mira’s observation yesterday, I wanted to be more careful as I do the exercise – slowed down and paid more attention to the details.  I made an effort to relax after each repetition.  In general, I felt not as tired doing the exercise.  However, after the exercise, it was a different mater; I felt tired.  I’m not sure if my fatigue is a result of the exercise or a lack of sleep.  I normally get enough sleep – do not to make any changes to this variable for the duration of the 10 weeks. I think the general tiredness is related to the exercise, perhaps some form of detoxification effect.

I noticed that my stomach is still big – this could be normal.  However, before I started the exercise, the fat was more distributed on the sides, now it looked like the bulk of the fat has relocated to the front.  Mira pin-pointed exactly how I have been feeling these past few days – very similar to jet lag.

Mira:

We did 6 repetitions. I incorporated the changes today. I took more time to complete the Rites and surprisingly, I did not feel more strain. Two observations: (i) I felt a teeny bit of muscle ache in my lower belly. (ii) Felt that my upper arms, especially the shoulder muscles (Deltoids) are firmer and definitely stronger. Is it Possible? Just after 6 days?

Day 7

Howard:

This entry completed my practice and observation for the week. Please check out our results for next week.

I continued to stay with 6 repetitions.  The Rites are getting easier as I’m very hesitant to increase the repetition; don’t want to experience the jet lag feeling as before.  The book did mentioned to practice without strain – I will follow this advice.  Some positive observations are: noticed that I’m getting stronger and my posture is improving.  I’m hesitant to declare any positive effects from the butter message to my scalp.  But I noticed my dandruff problem is reducing (very much unanticipated but welcomed nevertheless). Also, my hair is much more smother.

Mira:

The 7th day! I stayed with 6 repetitions. It’s getting easy but I realized that I cheated unintentionally in Rite 2! The book did not mention about titling your pelvic. I sort of ‘cheated’ as I tilted my pelvic so that the legs can go passed perpendicular. Anyway, mistake noted. One more observation, I am not as giddy now after ‘spinning’ in Rite 1. Still, I cannot imagine doing that for 21 times as we aim to do in a few weeks!

Check out our progress in Week Two.

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