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5 Rites for Sobriety

The only physical thing I added to my daily regimen, in addition to the walks, was the 5 rites.

You can do these simple yoga moves at home without the need to join a gym. A simple yoga mat will be all you’ll need.

I stumbled across these when I was looking for ways to enhance my balance after watching a broken hip slowly end my dad’s life.

I’m not a huge yoga guy and you don’t need to be to get great benefits from the 5 rites.

The 5 Tibetan Rites

5 simple exercises to start your day in the right direction. At 64, I’ve managed to stay extremely fit using these 5 rites and walking, along with deep breathing and hydration.

The Secret of the Five Rites

John Michael Greer

Super simple way to great fitness.

This book examines in detail a short book, often referred to as The Five Tibetans that was published in 1939 teaching a simple yet effective set of five exercises for health and longevity, the Five Rites.

Certain dietary rules and lifestyle principles accompanied the Rites, so did a Sixth Rite that worked the diaphragm muscles and redirected sexual energies, and also a set of teachings about seven energy centers or vortices in the body, though not the same as the well-known seven chakras along the spine.

These vortices are among the most distinctive things about the system, and are found in only a scattered handful of sources elsewhere. It is by awakening the vortices to their normal rate of spin, the book claims, that the Rites achieve their effects.