How The T5T Method of Teaching The Five Tibetan Rites All Began
I first learned of the original book's existence that introduced the Five Tibetans to the west, The Eye of Revelation, (download here) from a friend of mine in 2000.
I was going through a challenging period and my friend persuaded me that the 5 Rites would fix 'everything!' Naturally, this made me very sceptical, but to my surprise, she wasn't making it up.
I have enjoyed keeping fit throughout my life and was surprised when The Five Rites did everything my friend said they would. I really did feel more energetic, positive, and clearer than I had for ages - and that was such a relief.
Soon, I became a devoted practitioner and then an even more dedicated teacher! I wanted everyone to benefit in the same way that I had. I was beginning to sound like my friend!
The Five Tibetans were so impactful for me, but some of the movements were unsafe for 'normal' people, and the instructions were poorly explained in the book.
I decided to do something about it.
My friend and I began teaching Five Tibetans workshops, which were very popular, but I noticed that some students developed lower back pain and needed modifications. The instructions for Rites No 3, 4 & 5, in the original book, The Eye of Revelation (download free), describe over bending in the lower back and neck, which compresses the vertebrae, and discs of the spine. This can cause strain or injury for people who are unfit or have a history of lower back or neck injury.
Also, a significant number of people were hungry for more detailed information. The instructions left by the monks were very simple - some say very limited. Instead of being easy to learn, the descriptions raised more questions than answers - particularly among people who did not have good body/mind awareness, were unfit, overweight, or had suffered from back, neck, wrist, shoulder, or groin pain in the past.
I realized that the very simple and limited instructions left by the monks that introduced the Rites to the West were insufficient.
I decided to do something about this so that everyone could benefit from the Rites, not just the young and fit, but everyone of all ages and all fitness levels.
Enhancing The Original Five Tibetans
Making Them Safer For You, Me, And Everyone To Practice
I consulted with a wide variety of experienced health practitioners to see what they would recommend.
The aim was to maintain the integrity of these ancient movements but to make them more achievable for everyone.
The physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, & Occupation Health Practitioners I saw helped me pick the movements apart and find ways of doing them that would avoid the pitfalls and increase the benefits.
Then I took their ideas & tried them out in the living laboratories of my classrooms until I arrived at the step-by-step method I have used ever since, which I call T5T (The Five Tibetans).
The T5T Way
- Easy, Motivating, and Enjoyable.
We Consider the Journey as Important as the Destination
- it Guarantees Success.
I'm happy to say that this collaborative effort and the experiences of all the students who attended T5T workshops - the problems of the past have totally disappeared, provided people follow the program.
It's very satisfying to see many more people can now perform these ancient movements safely and easily.
Most importantly, there is no difference in the great benefits that people achieve from the Five Tibetan Rites, and the movements are the same. The difference is on the inside, with an emphasis on form and technique.
Over the years, we have helped so many people improve their lives; it is hard to count how many, but over 45,000 people for sure.
I feel truly blessed that we have been able to help so many people, and I am grateful that we continue to provide the most in-depth resource on learning The Five Tibetan Rites anywhere in the world.
Anita Boser - author of "Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young Again with Undulation"
"When I read the Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth years ago I was intrigued by the incredible results that readers achieved. However, the exercises were too difficult for me and I hurt my shoulder doing the fourth and fifth ones. Fast forward five years and I come across T5T: The 10-Minute Rejuvenation Plan. From day one, I was able to follow the plan from the book and do the exercises every day. I feel great!
Not only does the author break the exercises into steps that reduce the risk of injury, she includes core strength and breathing exercises that make the movements accessible to people who live in an industrial society. After all, we don't have the lifestyle of Tibetan monks. I also like the warm up exercises in the book, which help me prepare for hiking and jogging.
While these are exercises for the body and they do add strength and flexibility, the biggest impact is on my energy level. I get a sense of jubilation and feeling of being carefree that lasts through the day.
I highly recommend this book for people of all activity levels. If you are too tired, this plan will give you energy. If you already are active, this is a wonderful complement to any exercise program. "...
Rajendar Menen from Bombay, Author "Karma Sutra - Essays From The Margin", Journalist from Bombay, India
"I have been doing The Five Tibetans for 20 years or so. I have always been athletic and worked out regularly but after starting T5T the changes to my body and soul have been fantastic. I wish to share them and I hope more and more people benefit from T5T.
For one, it takes very little time. You can easily squeeze it into a busy urban executive existence. All you need is 15 minutes a day. You need no equipment, no special clothes, and need very little space. I do it in hotel rooms when I travel. You can also do T5T any time, more than once if you want to every day, as long as you do it on an empty stomach. It becomes a spiritual practice over time. it is easy, inexpensive, thankfully addictive and highly beneficial on all counts. You can't wait to do it the next day.
Two, your body gets incredibly strong. You even get muscular.
Three, all the chakras are optimised and you are radiant and filled with energy. There is no room for depression and loneliness and the feelings of a 'vacuum' that afflicts a lot of mankind.
Four, you automatically hit on 'healthy' food and so your health gets even better.
Five, your heart chakra gets optimised and you get less violent and more loving and kind.
Six, whatever your age (I have shared notes), your sexual energy doesn't dilute. I mention this because this is the age of viagra and sexual enhancement. Why buy expensive and damaging chemicals when T5T does the job?!
Seven, if done slowly and with awareness, T5T leads to great spiritual journeys. You are enveloped by bliss.
Eight, you get more disciplined and your output at work and play multiplies. Life is precious and very short and you realise it and enjoy it more. You also want to share the joys of 'existence'.
I was aiming at a short testimonial!!!
Happy T5Ting. "
Amanda Hampson, bestselling author of "The Olive Sisters"
I've been interested in the Five Tibetans for some time and tried to learn it via youtube demos etc but was always concerned that I didn't really know what I was doing or why or if it was correct.
This book provides the full story (finally!) and is destined to become the bible of the Tibetan practice because it gives you everything you'll ever need to know. Looks good too!
Michael Grant White, “The Breathing Coach” - Executive Director of www.breathing.com and the Optimal Breathing School from NC, USA
Breathing slower, deeper and easier is vital for longevity, health and vitality. I believe that T5T can help most people become more conscious of their breathing. It can also release tension in their breathing, and often gradually expand their breathing capacity as well as slow their breathing rate. T5T will help many people to achieve the above, however there are those who may have an undetected dysfunctional breathing or what I call UDB whose next step would be my Optimal Breathing Techniques."
Paul Wilson, bestselling author of "The Little Book of Calm"
I never thought it would be possible to gain more energy and become more relaxed in only 10 minutes a day. But T5T manages just that. Amazing."
John Gray author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"
..."T5T is an incredible and powerful program. It turns back the clock. It increases your energy, mental clarity and focus. It reduces stress, and improves strength and flexibility. It is capable of restoring your passion and zest for life if you let it. I highly recommend it for anyone willing to improve their life."...
Susan Hayward - Author of “A Guide for the Advanced Soul"
"I have practiced yoga for many years but after having a baby (my third child) I needed some exercise that would put me back in shape and that took as little time as possible to do! T5T has been exactly what I needed. Now If I miss a day or two, I feel unbalanced, uncentred, and low energy. They are so simple, yet so powerful in their effect. Thank you Carolinda!"
Roma Gaster - Corporate Consultant/Facilitator from Sydney, Australia
"As a result of doing T5T I am experiencing more energy, body strength and tone. I'm sleeping better and find that I'm more alert and aware of self and others. I have experienced physical and emotional calmness."
Dr. John F. Demartini - "The Secret" Teacher - Bestselling author of The Breakthrough Experience - A Revolutionary New Approach to Personal Transformation
"T5T is simple, practical, effective and certainly mind/body altering. If you would love to become rejuvenated, remain calm, feel more vitality, be more flexible and simply look your absolute best, then now there is a new way to experience a greater state of wellbeing that takes just minutes a day, but lasts a lifetime."
Anita Revel - Author of "The Goddess Diet" & "The 7 Day Chakra Workout" from WA, Australia
..."I first met the author, Carolinda Witt, in 2005 when she introduced me to the "5 Tibetans". At thetime I was sleeping badly, feeling sluggish and not enjoying life at all. I was immediately impressed with Carolinda's caring attitude and willingness to show me the five simple moves that would change my life. Carolinda was very thorough in teaching the movements correctly, which are beautifully presented in the book and poster. I am forever grateful for having been introduced to the T5T program, and absolutely recommend the book, poster and CD."...
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