August 24, 2022

Is Breathing Part of The Five Tibetan Rites?

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Breathing has become associated with the practice of The Five Tibetan Rites, but it wasn't part of the original teachings, except in a minor way.

In the original 1939 (and the 1946 updates) book, The Eye of Revelation, which introduced the Rites to the West –

  1. There were NO instructions given on how to breathe when carrying out The Five Tibetan Rites exercises. 
  2. The only mention of breathing at all is on page 20. When asked if anything else goes with the Five Rites, Kelder replied: "stand erect with hands on hips between the Five Rites and take one or two breaths." Until asked, Kelder made no mention of breathing at all. 
  3. The 6th Rite is a breathing exercise carried out three times to produce a specific result in the body - raising the body's reproductive energies up the spine for higher spiritual purposes. Celibacy is a requirement to practice the 6th Rite; however, the exercise is similar to Uddiyana Bandha, a regular yoga practice.

It is only in later books by other authors and publishers (including myself) that breathing is introduced in depth. Twenty-two years ago, I included natural, full breathing with the Rites because it is such a vital contributor to our overall health, energy, and well-being.

If you are taking the time to do a daily energy-raising exercise routine like The 5 Tibetans – it makes perfect sense to include natural full breathing with the movements. Breathing in fills your body with life-giving oxygen, and breathing out eliminates toxins and wastes.

To get the most out of any type of healing work and, more importantly, life, developing optimal breathing habits is one of the most valuable things you can do. Yet, most people don't breathe effectively; they either over breathe or under breathe using a fraction of their lung capacity.

In the T5T® method, you learn how to breathe slower, deeper, fuller, and with less tension. We focus on natural, full breathing, which opens (expands) and strengthens the breathing spaces of the body – increasing vital capacity. Breathing optimally is not just an up-and-down movement but also wide to the sides, to the front, and into the back – a more circular motion than that of a piston.

To achieve this, T5T uses an enjoyable and expansive breathing method we call ‘Energy Breathing' which is carried out three times between each. We also teach you how to breathe correctly while performing the Rites.

"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." Michael Grant White,

What about other breathing methods?

T5T®'s breathing methods have a long record of success and are compatible with the breathing principles of respected authors' philosophies and teachings. However, if you wish to go deeper into your breathing practice and knowledge, you could try the following.  

To find out how well you breathe – try breathing expert and contributor to T5T®’s breathing techniques; Michael Grant White, whose free online breathing tests – have been done by around 95,000 people so far.

Read Dr John Douillard's recommendations on breathing during exercise on our website. Check out Anders Anderson's Conscious Breathing courses and products ,or read James Nestor's book Breath or Dennis Lewis's Free Your Breath, Free Your Life. 

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  3. Learn The Five Tibetan Rites

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Carolinda Witt

Author of a number of books about The Five Tibetan Rites, including "The Illustrated Five Tibetan Rites," and her bestselling T5T Five Tibetans DVD. Carolinda has been practicing and teaching the Five Tibetan Rites for 23 years. She is one of the world's foremost experts on the Five Tibetans Rites, and has further developed the original teachings to create a safer, more in-depth method of learning the Five Tibetan Rites called T5T® (The Five Tibetans.) Adding natural full breathing and core stability to increase vitality, and strengthen the lower back and neck.

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