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I'm Blind and I've Never Seen Yoga Postures Before
As a blind person, I was concerned to make sure I was doing the Rites correctly, so began searching the web for a course or audio that would instruct me. Keep in mind I had never seen most Yoga postures done, so I had no good frame of reference upon which to base my judgement or formulate an idea of how the Rites should be accomplished. Sighted people learn by watching and imitating; blind people learn by listening and trying to convert the verbal into the actual, which at times is not an easy task and can end up being quite humorous.
I loved the way you start each Rite in the book with the original text by Kelder as a jumping-off point and go from there to expound on it, providing problems solutions, and tips as necessary, and deliciously wonderful details on each step to make each movement and Rite crystal clear. I could conceptualize everything you had written, and follow the logic of your prescribed movements.
Believe it or not, when I first started three weeks ago, the hardest part for me was getting down on the floor for Rite 2. My knees, hips, and shoulders hurt from stiffness, and it felt like gravity was dragging me down not to exercise, but to pin me to the floor. But hurray, it's somewhat better now, and that's real progress. I can honestly say that I am more energetic and don't nap as much in the early evening as I have done before.
Thank you Carolinda from the bottom of my heart. The amount of work and thought and love you put into your course materials make them a treasure to own and work with; I am exceedingly grateful. When shopping on the Internet, one can easily find the wrong item that doesn't meet the need. When I found T5T, I found the gold. Don Barrett, USA.
I am now doing my first week of T5T and I can tell that I like it and I do already feel some uplifting energy, especially when I have done the T5T.
I am already looking for quite some time now (3 years) to find a ritual with simple but effective exercises that I feel I want to do and can do, every single day, without having to ‘force myself’ like any other yoga practice that I already tried.
Thank you very much for all your efforts in making my personal world a better place and I have no doubt that I’m not the only one benefiting from your efforts.
Workshop Manual is Fantastic - One of the Best I've Seen
As a 68-year-old male residing in Melbourne, and with a new hip and ongoing back and neck arthritic challenges, and the Covid lockdown during 2020, I had plenty of time to seek some new form of health/fitness pursuit to assist me in coping with them into the future.
From my reading/research into "How to Breathe Correctly," which in itself is a fascinating subject, I stumbled onto the 5 Tibetan Rites. There is quite a lot of information on these, so I pushed further and stumbled onto Carolinda Witt's T5T website and was immediately attracted to her approach to their teachings. My concern was whether my body would hold up to what can first appear to be difficult movements; however, by investing in her package, including a fantastic workbook and video lessons, where you step quietly and softly over a period of a few months. This was appealing to me to tread slowly.
What is even better is the step by step for several of the more demanding rites so that you don't have to do the full rite at first. She provides alternative movements to build you up, and over time you add more repetitions each week. Additionally, she has been very supportive and encouraging and open to questions, etc. The workbook manual is fantastic and easy to follow—one of the best I have seen in this industry. I am only a few weeks into this program but have confidence that I will continue to the end and be successful and stronger at the end of it. Thanks, Carolinda, for your support.
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."...
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."
Brian Fogerty - Airline Pilot from Ireland
..."I am about a month into the T5T program and a quick thank you too you and yours for putting together an excellent package. I work as an Airline pilot and finding the benefits both from core muscle development and breathing exercises."...
Rose Ricketson Age 15
"I find that I have more focus and I don't freak out when I have school exams and stuff and I'd like to say that the breathing I think is very beneficial. "
Craig Gowan - General Manager, Business & Management, Registered T5T Instructor
My interest in T5T has been fuelled by 8 years of yoga practice, all of which I enjoyed, but none of which gave me the energy boost I was after. T5T provides me with the energy I need to easily cope with the challenges of work and personal life. It gives me more focus, the stamina for long days training, and the calmness to enjoy even the most draining situations - all for 10 minutes a day!! Nothing else can give me this boost. "
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. "
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."...
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."
Richard Meikle, Master Personal Trainer & Registered T5T Instructor
"I thought I had enough things to do to maintain my health without adding yoga to my routine. Then I tried T5T. It's amazingly simple, time effective and powerful. I noticed increased energy, greater flexibility and mental clarity. For me, the whole system including the energy breathing, really feels like it's having a big impact on my internal health. Now T5T is the first thing I do every day. That says it all."
Yvette Keddie - Yoga Teacher - http://www.yoginisy
"Some of us may think this is simply Yoga. Now, through my experience, unless you thoroughly understand the steps to each rite you can cause injury. There a lot of do’s and don’ts - which all makes a huge difference to practicing the rites. The stages of preparation are most important and of course the breathing technique is a key factor in obtaining best results. Carolinda’s CD is brilliant and each morning, when I first began practicing, I couldn’t wait to put it on. It is extremely thorough and professional. I now have great respect for the rites, and when you learn them properly so will you. A wonderful way to begin each day. Thank you so much Carolinda "
John Clemones - Managing Director - Special Tools & Storage Systems Pty Ltd, Registered T5T Instructor
"I've been doing T5T every day for the last 3 years. I've lost 7 kilos in weight and it stays off without any additional effort!! I've got so much more energy and I feel better all-round. I am less stressed, happy and able to plan my days better. The stiffness in my fingers is much better - almost non-existent. My friends are always saying how much better I look. "
Iain McGregor. Sales Director - Biozone Scientific
"Starting your day with T5T is pure joy. The only way to start your day - every day. It rejuvenates your body, your mind and your spirit in a just few minutes each day. If I had not done it myself, I would find it impossible to appreciate its power. I urge you to add it today to your list of things to do."
Robyn Gilbey - Publicist
"I was in a head-on collision when I was fifteen years old. Four of the seven vertebrae in my neck were affected as a result of the accident. I spent the next twenty plus years visiting, chiropractors, osteopaths, masseurs and physiotherapists on a regular basis to help ease the pain I suffered and the inflexibility of movement.
Over the years I attended yoga and gym lessons in addition to aerobics and power-walking classes to strengthen my body and enable me to keep reasonably fit and manage the pain. Carolinda and I had been friends for many years and when she started The 5 Tibetan yoga, I noticed a significant change in her ability to cope with stress and how she just seemed to be more focused and content. It was enough for me to commit to a class and give it a go.
I have now been practicing T5T for three years and couldn’t imagine my life without this programme. I have increased my overall flexibility and haven’t had a neck problem at all during this time. I rarely visit my Osteopath because there is little need. He was also amazed at the turnaround my body took from doing a small number of exercises over a relatively short period of time. I noticed changes within weeks.
Other benefits for me personally have been to do with the breathing, also taught in the class. I breathe better than I ever have and through that, I have improved my relationship with my family, which includes a calmness I’d not really experienced before. I cannot recommend this programme highly enough, and as it only takes me ten minutes a day, it is hardly a sacrifice of my time. "
Libby Ross - Registered Osteopath & Registered T5T Instructor
‘As an osteopath I was looking for an exercise routine that incorporated mind, body and spirit - something that was going to give me energy, strength and flexibility. I spend a lot of time bending over a bench and need good core stability to support my lower back, and T5T has given me this. As an osteopath I see many people injure themselves doing exercise they are not in condition for. However, what I like about T5T is that it is a gradual step by step program, taught safely and under close supervision. This enables gradual strength, flexibility, and core stability to develop - thereby minimising the risk of injury. The breathing and relaxation techniques compliment the rites and provide a solid platform for increased body and mind connection. These benefits combined with the ancient wisdom make T5T a powerful daily ritual and I recommend it to all my patients and anyone who wants improved health and vitality.’
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!
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. "...
Barry Zworestine. Clinical Psychologist; B.A.(Honours); M.A. Clinical Psychology M.A.P.S; Secondary Teachers Diploma; Diploma in Specialised Education
..."T5T offers a ritual of breathing away the tensions both physically and emotionally, it offers a daily opportunity to stretch and strengthen the body as well as release the issues that we all carry in the moments of living our lives. As part of a process of both physical, emotional and psychological well being I can recommend T5T. It has become a part of my life and a valuable part of both starting my day and creating a sense of well being. T5T bridges the gap between the psychological and the physical and offers an effective and quick exercise ritual that enhances well being, vitality and inner strength. "...
Kathrine Harrison - Chiropractor
"T5T is one of the most sophisticated ‘take home’ exercises I’ve come across, for both my patients physical and mental wellbeing."
Tory Davidson, Registered T5T Instructor, Holistic Kinesiologist, Skin Therapist from Young, NSW, Australia
As a Holistic Kinesiologist I encourage visualizations and meditations. I also offer the idetox program within my Clinic. With this procedure my clients are required to be stationary for at least 30 minutes, and so it was a perfect opportunity to incorporate meditation within the treatment. For this I use Carolinda Witt's audio CD, which includes three meditations that focus on the Breath. The response from my clients has been of total relaxation and awareness of the power of the "Healing Breath". They just love it and have commented how wonderful it is to just STOP and BREATHE!!!!!!!!!
Jan Jenson OBDS (Optimal Breathing Specialist) from NC, USA
"I’ve been one of those “health nuts” since 1968. Back in the mid 80’s I came across an article entitled “The Fountain of Youth” (which I STILL have!) and practiced the Tibetan Rites as brought back from Tibet by Col. Bradford.
I was in my mid-40’s and in EXCELLENT physical shape from working hard all my life, particularly since 1976 when I got into the ironworkers (as a single mom raising a daughter).
After practicing the 7 Tibetan Rites I experienced lower back and neck pains… so I quit doing them so often… and still the pain persisted whenever I DID the exercises – so I stopped!
Fast forward 25 years... I retired from ironworking in 2002 and began working in an office, sitting at a desk 8-12 hours a day. Flabby muscles just don’t get it… so I searched for simple exercises … and ran across the T5T website because of a breathing comment by Mike White (www.breathing.com), who trained me as an Optimal Breathing Development Specialist.
I began an email dialogue with Carolinda Witt about T5T, and learned it’s something I tried 20 years earlier, revised and improved to strengthen the back and neck as you do the postures.
I was eager to learn T5T because it’s EASY, EFFECTIVE and only takes 10-15 minutes a day to keep in shape and consistently FEEL GOOD! Carolinda's book makes it so easy to follow and learn - ANYONE can use it. I like the way you start slowly, building strength up gradually and focusing on developing core strength to protect the spine.
To my absolute delight, I discovered I CAN do these exercises. I also like the daily focus on breathing - the explanations in the book are really informative and clear. As a breathing coach, I know how incredibly important it is to breath correctly and Carolinda's method will certainly help most people breathe deeper, slower and fuller.
Starting slowly and building up repetitions helped me gain back physical strength, personal satisfaction and a feeling of well-being and satisfaction with my life once again! It’s wonderful, in my mid-60’s, to find something to be ENTHUSIASTIC about that utilizes much of what I teach in Optimal Breathing.
Everyone from 3 to 103 can learn to stay or get HEALTHY. It’s EASY, inexpensive, FUN and effective!
Added Anonymously to our Website from USA
I started with Peter Kelder's book, "Ancient Secret of The Fountain of Youth" in the early 1990's doing the Five Rites. I did notice that there was no mention of what to do about pre-existing physical conditions and certainly no mention of strengthening one's core and protecting one's spine.
Shortly thereafter, I found a book by Christopher S. Kilham entitled "The Five Tibetans--Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy and Personal Power." Certainly way more comprehensive in explaining about the body; the mind; breathing; chakras and the how, when and where to practice. But in the end, it too came up a bit short. I stuck with it for a few months but it didn' t quite grab me.
Fast-forward to the summer of 2009 and I have a yen to get back to it. In ten weeks, I got back up to the prescribed twenty-one repetitions per rite everyday. Then it dawned on me to check the Internet just to see what was out there, where I discovered T5T! I really like your totally comprehensive approach and the beginner-intermediate-advanced format. I especially like your emphasis on core stabilization and strengthening. That alone has been a tremendous boost to my routine. Thanks very much for an excellent program!
Di Mace - Registered T5T® Instructor. Marketing Consultant, Former Fitness Instructor
'Having taught fitness for nearly 20 years, when I first saw T5T I clearly recognized it as the next wave of exercise – with enormous potential for improved physical health and remedial core stability work. In my first 2 hour lesson of T5T I also had the sense of knowing that T5T could provide an essential touchstone in people’s lives, and a powerful change-tool. It’s the holistic aspects of T5T that make it a modern way of exercise for living now. It’s a life-skill that you learn today, and use for life. But at its fundamental core, the power of T5T is its simplicity and suitability for everyone, any-age.’
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."
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."