Try a modern form of ancient Tibetan yoga for greater well-being
Four years ago Carolinda Witt of Avalon was at a low ebb in her life. She began learning an ancient series of Tibetan yoga postures first brought to the west in the 1930s. “I soon found a new sense of strength, calm and well-being,’ she says.
Carolinda became a teacher of these Five Tibetans, as they’re known but found many of her students were struggling with back and neck pain.“I consulted a lot of health practitioners, physios and Pilates teachers, chiropractors, osteopaths and yoga teachers and modified the system.”
Carolinda has incorporated warm-up exercises, an emphasis on acquiring core stability and strength, and a correct form of deep breathing.“This has modernised the system for people who are obviously not as fit as Tibetan monks who were working physically all day.”
Penguin has now published a handsome, well illustrated and easy to follow book of step-by-step instructions, T5T - The Five Tibetan Exercise Rites, written by Carolinda to explain and demonstrate her system.
The whole point of T5T is that once learned it can be practised in around 10 minutes a day and doesn’t require the practitioner to spend time and money going to regular classes. “It takes about three months to learn fully, gradually increasing the practice so that each rite is performed a certain number of times. So it might be 20 minutes at the beginning.“The danger is that people rushing their lives will try to practice the rites between putting the washing on or doing some other chore. “The point is to give yourself some time. It’s not a lot of time but the benefits are better health, vitality and a feeling of wellbeing,” says Carolinda.
She has now taught her system to more than 600 people, and is training other teachers including Di Mace, who is taking workshops in the Pittwater area and has taught fitness for nearly 20 years."It is taught in 2 or 3 two-hour workshops, no further lessons are required and it's a skill you use for life.”
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