There are NO instructions for breathing given when practicing The Five Rites (movements themselves) in either the original 1939 or 1946 versions of “The Eye of Revelation” published by Peter Kelder. It is only in later reprints by other publishers, that breathing is mentioned at all!
In his 1939 version Kelder did mention, "to stand erect with hands on hips between the Five Rites and take one or two deep breaths." But, strangely, he removed this instruction from his updated 1946 version.
When it came to developing T5T® (The Five Tibetans & Energy Breathing Program) I included breathing simply because it is such a vital contributor to our overall health, energy & wellbeing. Breathing majorly helps move life-energy (prana, chi) throughout the body. It contributes to our energy levels and health by supplying oxygen to all our cells and removing wastes.
Most significantly; a number of clinical studies have proven that how well you breathe literally dictates your lifespan! Consider this:
The average person reaches peak respiratory function and lung capacity in their mid 20's. Then they begin to lose respiratory capacity: between 10% and 27% for every decade of life! So, unless you are doing something to maintain or improve your breathing capacity, it will decline, and with it, your general health, your life expectancy, and for that matter, your spirit as well.
Did you know that given an optimal diet, the respiratory system should be responsible for eliminating 70% of your metabolic waste? The remainder should be eliminated through defecation 3%, urination 8%, and perspiration 19%. So, if you think that going to the bathroom everyday is important, or that working up a good sweat now and then is healthy, think again about the value of full free optimal breathing!
However, despite clearly being able to breathe - most people do not breathe properly or effectively. They either over breathe or under breathe – using a fraction of their lung capacity.
When you are stressed or anxious do you find that you take shallow rapid breaths from your chest, or hold your breath? Do you yawn or sigh a lot?
Did you know that the way you breathe affects how you feel? Breathing rapidly is associated with the ‘flight and fight’ response of the body, whereas breathing slowly and deeply is associated with the ‘rest and relaxation’ response of the body. By adjusting your breathing you can directly influence your mind.
- It is very important to improve your breathing. The breathing muscles like all the muscles in your body need to be used! The better your breathing, the healthier you will be and the longer you will live.
- A number of clinical studies* have proven that your lung function is literally a measurement of your potential life span!
Animals that breathe the slowest, live the longest – think of tortoises, whales etc.
If you are taking the time to do a daily energy raising exercise routine (5 Tibetans) – it makes perfect sense to include natural full breathing with the movements. Breathing in fills your body with life-giving oxygen; and breathing out eliminates toxins and wastes.
T5T teaches you how to breathe slower, deeper, fuller and with less tension. Our ‘Energy Breathing Technique’ is completed 3 times between each Rite. Plus we instruct you on how to breathe correctly while performing the Rites.
If you want to find how well you breathe – try breathing expert & contributor to T5T®’s breathing methods; Mike White whose free online breathing tests – have been done by around 50,000 people so far.
…"Breathing slower, deeper and easier is vital for longevity, health and vitality. I believe that T5T can help most people become more conscious of their breathing. It can also release tension in their breathing, and often gradually expand their breathing capacity as well as slow their breathing rate. T5T will help many people to achieve the above, however there are those who may have an undetected dysfunctional breathing or what I call UDB whose next step would be my Optimal Breathing Techniques."… Michael Grant White, “The Breathing Coach” - Executive Director of www.breathing.com and the OptimalBreathingSchool
- The Framingham study These researchers were able to foretell how long a person was going to live by measuring forced exhalation breathing volume, FEV1 and hypertension. We know that much of hypertension is controlled by the way we breathe. "Long before a person becomes terminally ill, vital capacity can predict life span." William B. Kannel of BostonSchool of Medicine (1981)
- University at Buffalo. Schunemann HJ, Dorn J, Grant BJB, Winkelstein W, Jr., Trevisan M. Pulmonary Function Is a Long-term Predictor of Mortality in the General Population 29-Year Follow-up of the Buffalo Health Study. Chest 2000;118 (3)656-664.
- University of Pavia, Italy discovered that slowing the respiratory rate to 6 breaths a minute reduces shortness of breath, improves pulmonary gas exchange and exercise performance in patients with CHF. Practicing slow and deep breathing thus can be beneficial in heart failure or in other diseases. (Source: Lancet. 1998 May 2; 351(9112):1308-11.)