“To continue with your physical and spiritual development you may also add any of the following exercises to your morning and/or evening routine: The Five Tibetan Rites, Dō-in exercises, gentle stretching & yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
The Five Tibetan Rites is a system of five exercises claimed to have existed for more than two millennia in Tibet*, (*Peter Keider : The Ancient Secret of the fountain of Youth) practiced for health & longevity. Some of the claims have been quite miraculous and after experiencing positive results myself, I started recommending this easy and profound method to my patients for clearing and reinvigorating the mind and body.
Dō-in by Michio Kushi. Exercise for physical and spiritual development.
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Qi gong, of which tai chi is a more complex form, has been practiced since ancient times in China. Some systems have a history dating back as far as 4000 years. Generally done on the spot, qi gong is a slow motion form of repetitive exercise that is practised to stimulate meridian lines and energy channels to create energy and blood flow through out the body. Acupuncturists accomplish these goals with the use of needles, whereas qi gong practitioners direct energy with their hands and the power of their mind’s intent.
Energy expert Paul Cavel of London says, “The first goal of qi gong is to relax.From this relaxed state, you can learn how to feel, direct and grow your energy.”
Gentle Stretching & Yoga Performed properly and with gentle intent, stretching can improve flexibility and range of motion. One reason people experience mobility issues as they age is because the body closes down from illness, trauma and stress and therefore becomes susceptible to injury.
Stretching helps decrease your chance of injury and enables you to exercise or go about your daily activities more easily. Stretching also increases blood flow to the body’s 650+ muscles, which is important for many reasons – most notably because oxygen is carried by the blood: where there is oxygen, there is life.
By observing your body and your movements, you can make a big difference to how you feel.”