Here's a simple daily routine you can follow to improve your mobility and flexibility and might just be a secret to reversing the ageing process. They are based on the Five Tibetan Rites, an ancient yoga practice created by Tibetan monks over 2,500 years ago.
The practice works on the body’s energy fields (chakras) said to contribute to the aging process. Just like any form of stretching, regular practice helps to relieve joint pain and stiffness, improve circulation, manage anxiety and enhance sleep, and improve energy, mental clarity, strength and coordination.
For maximum effect you need to do them 21 of each per day, hmm that’s quite a lot! Start with 5 of each and build up if you want to, but even doing 5 of each per day will make a difference.
To speed up the chakras stand up straight and stretch your arms out to the side parallel with the floor, palms down. Slowly spin your body clockwise keep your eyes open looking toward the ground without moving your head.
Spin as many times as you can (start with 3 or 4), stop when you feel dizzy.
Now using deep rhythmic breathing throughout, lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides, palms on the floor. Inhale and move your chin toward your chest while lifting your legs up, knees straight as possible (this will improve over time).
Exhale and slowly lower your head and legs to the starting position and relax.
Continuing with your deep breathing, close your eyes to focus inward. Kneel on the floor, knees shoulder-width apart and hips aligned over your knees. Straighten up and place your palms on the back of your thighs. Keeping your there, inhale and drop your head back, arching your spine to open your chest, then exhale and drop your head forward, moving your chin toward your chest.
Sit on the floor with legs straight ahead, feet shoulder-width apart and palms faced down on the floor beside you. Drop your chin to your chest then inhale and gently drop your head back as you lift your hips and bend your knees into a tabletop position with your head gently tilted back. Keep holding your breath and contract your muscles, then exhale and relax as you come down to sitting position, sitting up straight.
Plant your palms in front of you and extend your feet behind you, shoulder-width apart. Straighten your arms and arch your spine, then, inhale and lift your hips, moving your body into an upside down “V” shape referred to as ‘Downward facing dog’. Move your chin toward your chest and straighten your back, then exhale and move back into ‘Upward-Facing Dog’.
If you're going to give it a go, start gently and only do a low number of reps. And talk to your doctor if you’re prone to dizziness, are pregnant, have heart or breathing problems, neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease or Multiple sclerosis or if you've had recent surgery.