Be Pretty with Yoga

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look younger with yoga

Look Younger Look Prettier
beauty through diet and yoga techniques
Thomas
1972

I doubt if modern practitioners of yoga would endorse the looking younger and prettier sales pitch of this particular book. In fact, this author seems to be selling yoga as a cure for all for all types of problems. Included in this book are some basic stretches and yoga poses designed to stretch and promote physical health. Fine enough, but there wasn’t much on developing a yoga practice or background on the poses. A good chunk of the book is devoted to stories of yoga changing someone’s life. It’s a bit vague on the details, but a few downward dogs evidently has the power to fix your terribly broken life. Yoga is about mindfulness, strength, and stretching. It isn’t about being pretty.

Mary

 

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9 comments

    1. To be fair, being able to levitate and clone oneself probably could solve a lot of life’s problems….

  1. The author was “an international beauty”? Then why is she dressed like a 19th-century schoolmarm?

  2. I think my mother made me a dress out of the same material the young woman on the cover is wearing. Since I was never a dainty lady, it made me look like a bed or sofa from one of those home decorating books of the same era. Guess I should have done the yoga first!

  3. “I doubt if modern practitioners of yoga would endorse the looking younger and prettier sales pitch of this particular book”
    Oh no- I’ve heard some yoga instructors say things like “This stretch helps promote healthy hair” or something of that nature. So the myth of yoga and beauty still exists, though I am not sure if my any yoga instructors would make a book centered around that idea.

  4. “I doubt if modern practitioners of yoga would endorse the looking younger and prettier sales pitch of this particular book.”

    Actually I see a lot of people who are mentally ill get told that they can “cure” their bipolar disorder, depression, or even schizophrenia if they just did yoga. (And also eat organic, avoid vaccines, drink water, and get plenty of fresh air.) And if they dare say, “No, I’m going to take my scientifically proven medicines” they get told that they’re “big pharma shills,” “deserve to be mentally ill,” and that they should kill themselves.

    So, yeah, that happens.

  5. “Yoga rewards those who persevere”

    If I keep at it long enough, will I too be able to levitate over a lake? I’m there!

    Oh, wait, I’ve got it mixed up with an old joke. A young would-be holy man comes to a wise old yogi and boasts that after ten years of prayer and fasting and deep study and concentrating his thoughts, he has gained the ability to levitate over a river. The old yogi replies, “You fool! In one hour you could have worked and earned the money to pay a ferryman, and spent those ten years achieving enlightenment.”

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