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Testimonial by   Sandy Rowe - Club Manager for over 55's, Vic

Sandy Rowe Testimonial"I have been an instructor of T5T for about 4 weeks now. In this time I have taught 17 elderly people from 60-84 years old - but now young!!! The experience has been so emotional for me to see these people firstly doing the Rites (still Tabletop the hardest for them - but getting stronger) and secondly reaping the rewards.

It may seem trivial to some people however, ladies who have had incontinence, no longer need to wear panty liners etc. as they have discovered their pelvic floor muscles. We often take this for granted however they advise me - their generation were never told about this or never talked about it. The embarrassment, odour and cost were all factors.

Others have been energised and been told how well they look. They are loving all the attention and compliments. How often does a 70 or 80 year old receive compliments? There has also been a marked improvement in their self esteem and posture.

In addition to this, I have had another workshop with 8 people and looking forward to my next workshop with 10 on Saturday. That will be 35 in my first 4 weeks.

I love being able to change the lives of people in such a happy and positive way. Of course some of the people have had a detox affect, which is also terrific and we are working onwards and upwards with them.

I have made so many friends that not only has T5T changed their lives, it has changed mine."

 
    Testimonial by    Jan Jenson OBDS (Optimal Breathing Specialist) from NC, USA

Jan Jenson"I’ve been one of those “health nuts” since 1968. Back in the mid 80’s I came across an article entitled “The Fountain of Youth” (which I STILL have!) and practiced the Tibetan Rites as brought back from Tibet by Col. Bradford.

I was in my mid-40’s and in EXCELLENT physical shape from working hard all my life, particularly since 1976 when I got into the ironworkers (as a single mom raising a daughter).

After practicing the 7 Tibetan Rites I experienced lower back and neck pains… so I quit doing them so often… and still the pain persisted whenever I DID the exercises – so I stopped!

Fast forward 25 years... I retired from ironworking in 2002 and began working in an office, sitting at a desk 8-12 hours a day. Flabby muscles just don’t get it… so I searched for simple exercises … and ran across the T5T website because of a breathing comment by Mike White (www.breathing.com), who trained me as an Optimal Breathing Development Specialist.

I began an email dialogue with Carolinda Witt about T5T, and learned it’s something I tried 20 years earlier, revised and improved to strengthen the back and neck as you do the postures.

I was eager to learn T5T because it’s EASY, EFFECTIVE and only takes 10-15 minutes a day to keep in shape and consistently FEEL GOOD! Carolinda's book makes it so easy to follow and learn - ANYONE can use it. I like the way you start slowly, building strength up gradually and focusing on developing core strength to protect the spine.

To my absolute delight, I discovered I CAN do these exercises. I also like the daily focus on breathing - the explanations in the book are really informative and clear. As a breathing coach, I know how incredibly important it is to breath correctly and Carolinda's method will certainly help most people breathe deeper, slower and fuller.

Starting slowly and building up repetitions helped me gain back physical strength, personal satisfaction and a feeling of well-being and satisfaction with my life once again! It’s wonderful, in my mid-60’s, to find something to be ENTHUSIASTIC about that utilizes much of what I teach in Optimal Breathing.

Everyone from 3 to 103 can learn to stay or get HEALTHY. It’s EASY, inexpensive, FUN and effective!

 
Testimonial by   Branko Kristevic - Chiropractor & Osteopath D.C, D

"The movements in T5T will improve your flexibility and strengthen your body. Coupled with correct full breathing, they help to delay aging by improving circulation, flushing out toxins and strengthening your immune system. T5T stimulates the flow of chi throughout the body increasing energy, releasing stress and providing you with a remarkable sense of well-being. As Carolinda’s Chiropractor for the last 13 years, I have seen first hand the enormous physical and mental benefits she and others have gained from T5T."

 
Testimonial by   Yvette Keddie - Yoga Teacher - http://www.yoginisy

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"Some of us may think this is simply Yoga. Now, through my experience, unless you thoroughly understand the steps to each rite you can cause injury. There a lot of do’s and don’ts - which all makes a huge difference to practicing the rites. The stages of preparation are most important and of course the breathing technique is a key factor in obtaining best results. Carolinda’s CD is brilliant and each morning, when I first began practicing, I couldn’t wait to put it on. It is extremely thorough and professional. I now have great respect for the rites, and when you learn them properly so will you. A wonderful way to begin each day. Thank you so much Carolinda "

 
Testimonial by   Peter Hagerty - Founder - The Source Foundation

"T5T is an easy and powerful exercise routine that only reveals its true effectiveness when undertaken. It cannot be described adequately in words. Within a week of commencement my mind was clearer, my energy more constant and my sense of purpose more defined. Powerful and subtle stuff. "
 
Testimonial by   Mary Nelson - Events Manager, Usana Australia Pty

"The training was fantastic, each person was given all the attention and time they needed and everyone was treated with dignity and respect. The supporting material contains all the information needed to keep participants on track. I can't praise Carolinda and T5T highly enough and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn such a life enhancing technique.

10 minutes "me time" a day to improve health and vitality in the privacy of your own home or hotel room - it really is that simple."
 
Testimonial by   Kerina Condous - Marketing & Communications Manage

"T5T is very beneficial in a work environment as it supports common goals and shared experience. Carolinda as a trainer exemplifies the T5T approach to life. Her very human training supported by her expertise made the overall experience very impactful. "
 
Testimonial by   Barbara Mair – Treasurer 55+ Club

"I am in my 70’s and have recently had heart surgery. Since starting T5T my sleeping has improved and I have more energy. I am thoroughly enjoying this type of exercise and never miss doing it. I have a set routine now. "
 
Testimonial by   Averil Coe

" The T5T is going very well. I am taking it very slowly and just doing what my body is ready for. I am now up to 7 reps of each rite though some are still fairly modified. Because I have done so much of this sort of thing over the years it is very easy to get into the routine. I get up 10 minutes earlier each week day and shower and then do the warm up and the rites. Already I am noticing a difference in my energy levels - both physically and emotionally which is very exciting - given that I am spending so little time on the activities.

I think the biggest thing for me with the T5T program is that it has given me permission to take things in very small increments and to also radically modify the positions to allow for various current body weaknesses, whilst still being able to maintain the overall integrity of the Rites. Before I felt like I had to climb a huge mountain with a weak and unprepared body which was very discouraging. I also realize and appreciate all the yoga and other spiritual practice that I have done in the past - so much of it naturally comes into play now that I am doing the T5T.

I have started taking my small yoga group again and had a very interesting experience - the first day I found that (naturally) my body was more limber and flexible and I did quite a thorough session - felt great. But the next day I felt dreadful. Naturally as I feel more energized I am tending to take a bit better care of myself - eating well, incorporating flax seed oil into my diet, taking the natural calcium supplement etc. "

 
Testimonial by   Tess Creevey (85 years)

"I am 85 years old and totally blind. I have been doing T5T for 6 weeks now, have purchased the CD and love the feeling of wellbeing I get. It's given me a lot of motivation and I feel my body getting better and stronger. "
 
Testimonial by   Gillian Vale (Age: 7O’s)

"T5T is the first exercise routine that I have enjoyed. I have never been into exercising! I am in my 70’s and have found by doing T5T my sciatic pain, which has been constant for five years has disappeared completely – great!!! I will continue with T5T. "
 
Testimonial by   Frank Capdevila (84 yrs)

"At 84 years of age I thought I would never have the opportunity to improve my health. I find that I am looking forward to doing T5T every day and so far people keep telling me I look so more vibrant and young. In myself I do feel well and very happy with the course. I know by persevering I will get to the top. "
 
Testimonial by   D. Braithwaite - Learning and Performance Specialist

"I have found the journey very interesting so far. In fact it is the first time in my life that I have found daily exercise enjoyable. …I have not missed one day and now it's a familiar part of my morning ritual! Truly a record for me. I have definitely improved my flexibility and ability to concentrate. The way I describe it, I feel grounded and centred. There has been some weight loss and a definite improvement in upper body strength."

 
Testimonial by   Iain McGregor– IT Sales & Marketing - Sydney

"I did the workshop in a group of 9 at Rozelle this week and last week. 4 of the 9 stated that they had sinus problems at the start of the first session, when we discussed what we wanted from the training. At the session yesterday, ALL 4 stated that they had DRAMATIC sinus improvement in just 7 days. One fellow used to go through 3 handkerchiefs before breakfast. He has not used a handkerchief since last week. More spectacularly, all 9 of us, 5 women and 4 men, who range in age from early 20s to late 60s, are ALL doing T5T daily and the form and technique of EVERYONE is amazing good."
 
    Testimonial by    David & Irene Ho from Melbourne

" We have only learnt T5T for a few weeks. We do it as a morning routine. It is certainly great to laugh & learn together with a partner. Not to mention the fact that it is great to develop a healthy discipline. Perhaps it is a bit early to see the long term T5T benefit for us. At this stage, we do feel that we sleep soundly & sleep through every night. Thank you Sandy for guiding us carefully step by step in developing our skills in doing T5T. With your thorough approach, we can avoid getting injury. When we first look at the pictures of all the posture of T5T exercises, we thought we could never achieve those difficult form. Now, it just builds up bit by bit every week. We are very lucky to have a friend who are genuinely interested in our well being. You are a true leader who put endless effort into helping the sick, sad & lonely. This is a great gift you have given us. Thank you! "
 
Testimonial by   Dianna Kooiker - Melbourne

"First and foremost, Thank You! I have now practiced T5T every morning this year at 5 am and know without doubt that I will continue this practice. More energy, greater levels of concentration, unforeseen muscle toning, greater flexibility, improved circulation, the list goes on and on. Suffice to say that I am now 49 years old, I work 55 plus hours pw and have more energy than many 25 year olds! I first learnt of the 5 Tibetans whilst attending yoga classes for 2 years, I now practice on my own as I enjoy the rare solitude of the early mornings and find T5T a great way to begin a meditation each day. For this meditation I simply follow the 7 spiritual laws of yoga as described by Deepak Chopra. My very sincere thanks to you for your book and for the fantastic results that I have experienced. "
 
    Testimonial by    Added Anonymously to our Website from USA

I started with Peter Kelder's book, "Ancient Secret of The Fountain of Youth" in the early 1990's doing the Five Rites. I did notice that there was no mention of what to do about pre-existing physical conditions and certainly no mention of strengthening one's core and protecting one's spine.

Shortly thereafter, I found a book by Christopher S. Kilham entitled "The Five Tibetans--Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy and Personal Power." Certainly way more comprehensive in explaining about the body; the mind; breathing; chakras and the how, when and where to practice. But in the end, it too came up a bit short. I stuck with it for a few months but it didn' t quite grab me.

Fast-forward to the summer of 2009 and I have a yen to get back to it. In ten weeks, I got back up to the prescribed twenty-one repetitions per rite everyday. Then it dawned on me to check the Internet just to see what was out there, where I discovered T5T! I really like your totally comprehensive approach and the beginner-intermediate-advanced format. I especially like your emphasis on core stabilization and strengthening. That alone has been a tremendous boost to my routine. Thanks very much for an excellent program!

 
    Testimonial by    I. van Dyk from Frenchs Forest, Sydney

I've been practicing T5T since Sept 2002.  Since then this routine is usually an envigorating start to my day.  If I'm unable to do it first thing in the morning it's quite easy to fit in at any other time.  No need for a gym and independent of the weather.

Not being a young person I initially had my doubts whether I could reach that magic number.  By increasing the number of movements slowly over several weeks I had no problem reaching 21 of each and I find them easy to do.  I also feel that breathing in and out during each movement is important for the supply of energy.  It makes lasting the distance easier.

My wrist used to hurt in the beginning but got stronger very quickly.  Arm and tummy muscles are now nice and firm too.  And I find that keeping my weight down is not a problem anymore.  So, it's really well worth spending 15 minutes each day.  The Five Tibetans have become so much part of my routine that I can't imagine not doing them any more.

 
    Testimonial by    Susan Jenson, Satyananda Yoga Teacher, Registered T5T Instructor, Nurse from Victoria

"I am currently studying as a student teacher of Satyananda Yoga. This is a 3 year diploma which I will complete in 2007. I recently attended Carolinda Witt’s wonderful T5T teacher training course in Melbourne. The ‘Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation’ is a practice I stumbled upon two and a half years ago and have been practicing ever since as part of my daily morning yoga practice. Because of the profound benefits I have gained personally from this ancient practice I felt it was something I would like to share with as many other people as possible. I believe as with all yoga teachings that this would benefit everyone.

I found the teacher training course to be very comprehensive, well paced and professional. The learning atmosphere was relaxed and firm friendships have been established amongst those who attended the nine day course. We learned some fundamentals of anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system including the unchangeable physical factors which may prevent an individual from assuming a particular posture to its fullest physical extent. There was a strong emphasis on the importance of training the core stability muscles for protection of the spine during the postures.

The Rites are taught in a workshop format where clients learn each practice in safe, manageable steps. The course also includes breathing and relaxation practices. Carolinda has included a comprehensive business management component which covers all facets of running the T5T workshops after accreditation. I highly recommend this course to any Yoga teacher or practitioner as part of your personal journey of discovery as well as an opportunity to truly enhance the lives of others"

 
Testimonial by   Penelope Ward, Kinesiologist

I have been doing the 5 Tibetans now for 6 months, and I have noticed a few changes. My stamina is builidng slowly, and consequently  I have more endurance than before;  I am getting more strength in my arms, shoulders and wrists which had a weakness before; my body shape has changed and is more defined..  Two other important things I have learnt is that by doing them everyday,  it has taught me consistency and discipline which I have managed to apply to other areas of my life.  Also in the early days I did them very quickly and strained myself, so it has taught me to take things a little more slowly and by not necessarily doing the whole 21 in one go ( I do 8 - 10 in the am and pm) I am nurturing and honouring my body better.

 
    Testimonial by    I. van Dyk from Sydney, Australia

"...I've been practicing the Five Tibetans since Sept. 2002. Since then this routine is usually an envigorating start to my day. But if I'm unable to do it first thing in the morning it's quite easy to fit in at any other time. No need for a gym and independent of the weather.


Not being a young person I initially had my doubts wether I could reach that magic number. By increasing the number of movements slowly over several weeks I had no problem reaching 21 of each and I find them easy to do. I also feel that breathing in and out during each movement is important for the supply of energy. It makes lasting the distance easier.


My wrists used to hurt in the beginning but got stronger very quickly. Arm and tummy muscles are now nice and firm, too. And I find that keeping my weight down is not a problem anymore. So, it's really well worth spending 15 minutes each day. The Five Tibetans have become so much part of my routine that I can't imagine not doing them any more."...
 

 
    Testimonial by    Susie Lapin - Physiotherapist from Sydney, Australia

"Users of this book will build up strength and flexibility if they follow Carolinda’s graded step to step plan – with mastery of each stage an essential goal before moving on to the next level of difficulty. The sections on breathing and core stability are a vital part of this program. The instructions are very clear and the use of many photographs makes this book easy to follow and a pleasure to use. "

 
Testimonial by   Libby Ross - Registered Osteopath & Registered T5T Instructor

T5T Instructor - Libby Ross‘As an osteopath I was looking for an exercise routine that incorporated mind, body and spirit - something that was going to give me energy, strength and flexibility. I spend a lot of time bending over a bench and need good core stability to support my lower back, and T5T has given me this. As an osteopath I see many people injure themselves doing exercise they are not in condition for. However, what I like about T5T is that it is a gradual step by step program, taught safely and under close supervision. This enables gradual strength, flexibility, and core stability to develop - thereby minimising the risk of injury. The breathing and relaxation techniques compliment the rites and provide a solid platform for increased body and mind connection. These benefits combined with the ancient wisdom make T5T a powerful daily ritual and I recommend it to all my patients and anyone who wants improved health and vitality.’

 
Testimonial by   Anni Casey - Accredited Natural Therapist, Massage, Meditation, Kinesiology

"I attended a workshop to learn the 5 Tibetan Rites and the teacher rushed through the Rites without giving consideration to technique or to performing the Rites safely. I was disappointed as I learnt nothing and therefore wasted my money. Not giving up hope, I searched the Web for books or DVD’s on the Rites. Fortunately I found Carolinda Witt’s T5T. The book is beautifully presented with a complete explanation of the background to the 5 Tibetan Rites and detailed pictures of each Rite broken down into steps. All the safety aspects and different fitness levels are addressed. I have found the companion DVD wonderful as it guides you through each week so that you flow naturally to the next level. If you are looking to learn the 5 Tibetan Rites, look no further – this is everything you need to gain an understanding of the Rites and perform them effectively. "

 
    Testimonial by    Anita Revel - Author of "The Goddess Diet" & "The 7 Day Chakra Workout" from WA, Australia

..."I first met the author, Carolinda Witt, in 2005 when she introduced me to the "5 Tibetans". At thetime I was sleeping badly, feeling sluggish and not enjoying life at all. I was immediately impressed with Carolinda's caring attitude and willingness to show me the five simple moves that would change my life. Carolinda was very thorough in teaching the movements correctly, which are beautifully presented in the book and poster. I am forever grateful for having been introduced to the T5T program, and absolutely recommend the book, poster and CD."...
 

 
Testimonial by   Amanda Hampson, bestselling author of "The Olive Sisters"

Olive Sisters by Amanda HampsonI've been interested in the Five Tibetans for some time and tried to learn it via youtube demos etc but was always concerned that I didn't really know what I was doing or why or if it was correct.

This book provides the full story (finally!) and is destined to become the bible of the Tibetan practice because it gives you everything you'll ever need to know. Looks good too!

 
Testimonial by   Anita Boser - author of "Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young Again with Undulation"

Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young Again with Undulation by Anita Boser "When I read the Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth years ago I was intrigued by the incredible results that readers achieved.  However, the exercises were too difficult for me and I hurt my shoulder doing the fourth and fifth ones.  Fast forward five years and I come across T5T: The 10-Minute Rejuvenation Plan.  From day one, I was able to follow the plan from the book and do the exercises every day.  I feel great!

Not only does the author break the exercises into steps that reduce the risk of injury, she includes core strength and breathing exercises that make the movements accessible to people who live in an industrial society.  After all, we don't have the lifestyle of Tibetan monks.  I also like the warm up exercises in the book, which help me prepare for hiking and jogging.

While these are exercises for the body and they do add strength and flexibility, the biggest impact is on my energy level. I get a sense of jubilation and feeling of being carefree that lasts through the day.

I highly recommend this book for people of all activity levels.  If you are too tired, this plan will give you energy.  If you already are active, this is a wonderful complement to any exercise program. "...

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Energy & Other Benefits of 'The Five Rites' (1)
Before You Start Practicing (2)
The Ist Rite – The Spin (5)
The 2nd Rite - Leg Raise
The 3rd Rite - Kneeling Backbend (1)
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