The five Tibetans

Daily blog #8

Today’s blog has nothing to do with innovation, creativity or non-profits. Today’s is about a new (and slightly odd) part of my morning routine that I’ve recently gotten into.

It’s an awesome way to get energised in the morning and get off to a great start.

The best bit is it only takes about 10 minutes (and that includes my favourite bit — lying down).

All you have to do is complete five exercise in sequence (the five Tibetans).

They’ve been around for 2,500 years, and are a form of Tibetan yoga (similar to Indian yoga). For the real yogis out there, Tibetan yoga is all about Vinyasa (’continious movement’).

Doing them every day will change your entire life, says almost every article about them. I certainly can’t vouch for that, but there is something truly fantastic about starting your day by spinning around flailing your arms.

Right, here’s how you do it:


  1. Start standing up with your arms outstretched and your palms facing down. Now spin around 21 times (at first, I could only do about 10 and then fell over dizzy).
  2. Lie flat on the floor, with your arms beside you, palm down. As you inhale, simultaneously raise your head and lift your legs (keeping them straight) into the air. Exhale, lowering your head and your legs. Do it — you guessed it — 21 times!
  3. Kneel on the floor with your back straight. Rest your hands on the back of your thighs. Tuck your chin in. Draw your shoulders back and arch backwards, looking up at the ceiling. Your upper back should be doing most of the arching here. Return to an upright position and repeat…21 times…
  4. Sit down with your legs straight out in front of you. Rest your palms next to your butt. Drop your head back and raise your torso, bending your knees while your arms remain straight. If you now look like a table, you’ve done it right. Return to how you started and repeat…21 times!
  5. Almost there. For this one lie down with your palms flat beside your chest. Draw up into an upward facing 🐕. Then swing up and in to a downward facing 🐕. Repeat 382 times. And by 382, I mean 21 (obviously)

Now for the best bit. Lie down and chill out for a couple of minutes (shavasna!).


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