I’m not that naïve to believe that the fountain of youth exists, nor am I vain enough to seek miracles. I’m skeptical when things sound too good to be true, but a while back I read an article about a writer who had practiced the “Five Tibetan Rites” every morning for about a year and his hair grew back without any grays.
Yes, my head is full of gray hairs, but this was not the reason I started to research the rites. My body simply felt sluggish as a result of years of adjusting my thyroid medication dosage. The weigh gain in between dosage adjustments became a brutal process for me. Also, after taking ballet lessons for almost six years, I felt my body needed a different regimen to stir things up. And to be honest, I had already been cancelling my dance lessons. I sheepishly admit that facing the ghost of what my body use to be pained me and I wanted something simple to do at home that didn’t require a mirror, tights, leotards or special gadgetry.
I extensively and exhaustingly chased the search engine for anything that lead to these Five Tibetan Rites. I studied YouTube videos and finally started practicing a few weeks ago. How can something so simple kick my behind so fast? It only takes about 15-20 minutes (the longest 20 minutes of my life), but this knocked the wind out of me. After my first day, my legs and arms were shaking so much it was embarrassing. The next day, my abs were angry with me for interrupting their peaceful pooches. After a week, I could feel my body toning again, yes, it was painfully sore, but in just the right places for me to know it was working.
What I love about this mini-sequenced yoga is that nothing is required except my body. No mats, no accessories, and no traveling time. Definitely do this in the morning before you eat. When I realized that not every exercise requires an hour plus of my time, it felt like I had won something truly special. For me, this was the most helpful website.
Start slowly with a sequence of 7, 14, and 21, there are so many videos out there, but I have not found one that’s more informative than this site. But I strongly suggest surfing around to learn and study the forms. Of course, it looks easier than it is, but it’s still so simple. No more excuses for me.
My exercise journey so far has taken me to pilates studios, a kickboxing gym, Iyengar Yoga, Physique57, and Lotte Berk. I’m not particularly found of the parades of lululemons and their sashaying runways. I have never understood the clique-ish culture between the students and teachers. Perhaps this is yet another one of my phases, but when I’m into something that works, I do stick to it. Of course, I miss dancing and I will return to it when I’m ready. I’ll be rock ‘n’ in my leotards again. But until then, I’ll jam this 20 minutes a day in the morning.
Maybe I’ve finally grown to understand my body after all these years of learning. Now I can trust myself to discipline and actually be aware of me.