The Tibetan Five Rituals is a set of exercises that seems do-able enough since it only takes about 10-15 mins to complete each day. I just want to find out if anyone here does it regularly and are there really beneficial effects? Is it just good for health or will it also help me develop better chi?
I did them consistently for a few months and it had a tremendous beneficial effect in that time, though it puts a lot of strain on your back muscles so be sure to warm up if you do it first thing in the morning.
However, these rituals couldn't compete (in my view) with something else I came across about 15 years ago called Zhan Zhuang (translates as Standing Like A Tree) which I find fits better with my personality and is much more easy to do in places where space is limited (like hotels)...since you only need standing room and no equipment (like padded mats).
This involves just standing completely still in various increasingly-extreme postures for periods of up to 20 minutes at a time. I find myself literally buzzing with chi after doing this and it also clears up any energy imbalances in the body.
The other major benefit is that the daily practice of relaxing while putting yourself under extreme strain develops within you some unusual abilities to remain completely calm in crisis situations.
My favorite book on Zhan Zhuang (pronounced Jan Jong) is The Way of Energy