The 5 Tibetans
The Fountain of Youth
The 5 Tibetans also known as the Fountain of Youth is ideally practiced daily.
Building up over time, the aim is to be comfortablyable to do 21 repetitions of each exercise. I find that doing 21 repetitions of each exercise takes me approximately 15 mins in total.
In my daily online classes we have 3 main ways that we practice the 5 Tibetans.
In the 'Seperates' & 'Timed' practices we do some Pranayam exercises in between the Tibetans, as these help to centre and us even more as well as giving the body a little resting time.
If you are new or the practice feels too strong, then you should start with anywhere from 2-3 repetitions of an exercise and build it up gradually over time with consistent practice.
In the 'Seperates' practice we also use the Pranayam to allow us to come back together and start the next Tibetan exercise as a group. Here we count the number of Tibetans we do over time until we
can do 21 comfortably. Then we focus on form and breath as we practice.
In the 'Timed' practice we set an amount of time for each Tibetan exercise and each Pranayam. This allows us to turn of the mind and focus more on feeling and form, or we can count and see how many or how few we can do.
In the 'Continuous' practice there are 2 options. Option 1 is to put each exercise straight after the next, which can allow a greater sense of meditation and building endurance. With Option 2, some students like to link some of the movements together creating a Tibetan sequence.