Chris has also been a long-time speaker and presenter on yoga and meditation, at venues across the United States. Since 1971 Chris has taught yoga to thousands of people in classes at colleges, universities, dance centers, conferences, hospitals and jails. In his yoga presentations, Chris integrates information and methods of yoga, meditation and the martial arts, to enhance mind/body integration and sexual health, and to promote healthy aging.
Yoga practice promotes core strength, energy and awareness. Through methods derived from diverse systems of yoga and works the edge of body, mind and spirit to develop core attributes. Yoga is first and foremost an expansive, delusion-shattering path to spiritual freedom. Dive into the deep end of the yogic pool. Tune in, turn on and power up.
“As a medicine hunter, I travel the world in search of beneficial traditional remedies that can help to alleviate human suffering, and can be used in place of dangerous, potentially lethal pharmaceuticals. As part of this work, I find myself in many countries, often in very remote places. In all my travels, The Five Tibetans have been my companions. I have practiced these methods in Vanuatu South Pacific, in Siberia, in Morocco, in the Peruvian, Brazilian and Ecuadorian Amazon, high up in the Indian Himalaya, in the Syrian desert, along Xinjiang’s Naladi grasslands, on the Mexican coast, and in countless cities from Kathmandu to Shanghai to Marrakech to Moscow to London to Accra. I have practiced them in hotels, on beaches, on stone patios, in native shacks, on boat docks, in forests, on mountains, in airports. As the Johnny Cash song says, I’ve been everywhere. And so have The Five Tibetans.” - Chris Kilham, excerpt from new edition of The Five Tibetans
The relationship between yoga and medicinal plants dates back at least 5000 years to the yogic and Ayurvedic (‘Science of Life’) tradition of India.
The Five Tibetans
Christopher S. Kilham, in partnership with Inner Traditions, is proud to announce a new edition of the popular yoga classic:
- Provides illustrated instructions for the five yogic exercises known as the Five Tibetans
- Includes a new chapter on the author’s continued devotion to this daily practice, even during his extensive worldwide travels
- Explains how regular practice of these postures relieves muscle tension and nervous stress, improves digestion, strengthens the cardiovascular system, tunes and energizes the chakras, and leads to deep relaxation and well-being
Originating in the Himalayas, the five yogic exercises known as the Five Tibetans take only a minimum of daily time and effort but dramatically increase physical strength, energy, and suppleness as well as mental acuity. Also called the Five Rites of Rejuvenation, these exercises were brought to the West in the early 20th century by a retired British army officer who learned them in a Tibetan lamasery. Regular practice of these postures relieves muscle tension and nervous stress, improves digestion, strengthens the cardiovascular system, tunes and energizes the chakras, and leads to deep relaxation and well-being. Enhancing the innate energetic power of the body and mind, these exercises provide a vehicle for enlivening the senses and harnessing energy for the purpose of self-transformation. Since 1978, Christopher Kilham has taught these exercises to thousands of people seeking a healthier lifestyle.
The Five Tibetans has established itself as a classic among yoga practitioners and teachers alike. In this new edition the author shares his own positive experiences from more than 30 years’ devotion to the practice, even during his extensive worldwide travels, and explores the spiritual benefits of the Five Tibetans as well as the profound impact the practice has on health, longevity, and healthy aging.
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Praise for The Five Tibetans
“Inspired and clear, The Five Tibetans makes a worthy contribution to body-mind wellness and longevity.” - Dr. Mehmet Oz
“A time-honored classic that belongs in every yoga library. A true yogi, Chris’ voice is strong, sensitive, and clear, his calling deep and genuine.” – Deepak Chopra
“In The Five Tibetans, Chris Kilham offers a simple yet profound practice that promotes health and longevity, is centering, and leads to peace of mind. Chris is a jewel among men!” – Nicki Doane, Yogi
“I know hundreds of individuals who swear by this practice on a daily basis. Chris’ ability to translate this powerful teaching in a simple way has lead to great self-transformation.” - Jonny Kest, Yogi
“The Five Tibetans are a perfect practice for a balanced life and a healthy body.” - Eddie Modestini, Yogi
“This book is packed full of expert information . . . clear, concise and easy to understand . . . a wealth of information and advice from many years of teaching and personal experiences. . . a wonderful way to start or end your day.” - TCM Reviews
“Kilham brings to the Five Tibetans beautifully written chapters about kundalini, the chakras and an especially insightful instruction on the role of breathing while doing each rite. Excellent and recommended.” - Hinduism Today
“Readers of every background will benefit from reading this text. It is informative but endearing, and the colloquial nature of the Medicine Hunter's no-apologies, straightforward discourse will enlighten those who are already practicing students, and those who wish to become so. Everyone - even those who feel they don't have time in their busy schedules for yoga - should read this book.” – Mind Body Spirit Odyssey
Yoga & Meditation Quotes
“My belief about yoga is that we do not find it; yoga finds us. As a persistent and perennial current of spiritual dynamism, yoga utilizes us to spread itself, to broaden its reach, to touch the lives of others, to keep it going. Many years ago, The Five Tibetans came to me. They caught my imagination. I started to practice them. Eventually I became their ardent advocate. I spread the word far and wide. Today, I am still working on their behalf, still spreading the word, still sharing the methods.” – Chris Kilham, New Forward, New Edition, The Five Tibetans (2011)
“Yogis have long understood that the mind and body are thoroughly interwoven, each affecting the other. The mind and body are not in fact separate and distinct but are interdependent components of the whole person. Throughout the ages the Yogis have taught methods for creating balance. They have long understood that what we think affects the way we feel, and that what we eat, drink and do tour bodies affects the way we think. There can be no separation of function, except for the enlightened adept who has transcended the limitations of the body/mind by assiduous practice of meditation.” – Chris Kilham, Take Charge of Your Health: The Mind/Body Relationship (1985)
“When yin and yang unite, there is harmony and balance. Each one needs the other. According to the Tantrics and Taoists, when there is a properly balanced union of yin and yang, the health and longevity are the inevitable results.” – Chris Kilham, Stalking the Wild Orgasm (1984)
“The practice of the simple meditation makes tremendous expansion of the mind possible, enabling the practitioner to experience the presence of multi-dimensional forces within each person’s being.” – Chris Kilham, Yoga Journal (1981)
Yoga & Meditation Bio
Chris has also been a long-time speaker and presenter on yoga and meditation, at venues across the United States. Since 1971 Chris has taught yoga to thousands of people in classes at colleges, universities, dance centers, conferences, hospitals and jails. In his yoga presentations, Chris integrates information and methods of yoga, meditation and the martial arts, to enhance mind/body integration and sexual health, and to promote healthy aging. His best-selling yoga book, The Five Tibetans, is published in twenty languages. The New York Times describes Chris as "part David Attenborough, part Indiana Jones." A medicine hunter by profession, Chris travels the world in search of natural remedies, and appears on TV and radio programs globally. He has studied and learned from numerous yogis, mystics, shamans, and healers. As the FOX News Medicine Hunter his TV segments appear in over one hundred countries.
“Yoga helps you rise to the challenge of living. It keeps you from being ground down by circumstance. It puts fire into the body and mind and leads to being balanced and wise. It makes a lot of sense to practice.” – Chris Kilham, The Five Tibetans
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