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Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth Hardcover – Jan 20 1998

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Doubleday ed edition (Jan. 20 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038549162X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385491624
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.5 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It's easy. It's fast. And it works! I love this program." John Gray, Author of Men Are from Mars, Women are from Venus "I have done the Five Rites and passed The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth on to many friends over the years. I have recommended them without reservation." Martin Sheen "In this volume, you will be introduced to ideas, techniques, and wisdom that can empower you, enhance your health, increase your joy of living, and cause you to live longer. However, you won't notice that you're living longer. You'll be too busy enjoying life and living it fully." -- Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., from the Foreword "These five simple exercises will make you feel young again." Natural Health --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Legend has it that hidden in the remote reaches of the Himalayan mountains lies a secret that would have saved Ponce de Leon from years of fruitless searching. There, generations of Tibetan monks have passed down a series of exercises with mystical, age-reversing properties. Known as the Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation or the Five Rites, these once-secret exercises are now available to Westerners in "Ancient Secret of the Fountain Of Youth. Peter Kelder's book begins with an account of his own introduction to the rites by way of Colonel Bradford, a mysterious retired British army officer who learned of the rites while journeying high up in the Himalayas. "Fountain of Youth then offers practical instructions for each of the five rites, which resemble yoga postures. Taking just minutes a day to perform, the benefits for practitioners have included increased energy, weight loss, better memory, new hair growth, pain relief, better digestion, and just feeling younger.

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I am 36 years old. I have been doing the five rites for almost two months. This is the second time I have undertaken the rites. The first time was last spring, and I started with too many reps (5-7 in the first week) too fast and became really sick with a terrible wet cough and a killer sinus headache (my first ever) that left me unable to even sit up or tolerate light. I quit the rites at that time and only resumed them several months later. I started out very slowly this time, both because of my last experience and because my body is quite prone to aches and pains (chronic fatigue/fibro). So I did one rep of each exercise for a week and then started increasing the number by one every two weeks. I'm now up to five reps and have noticed quite a few changes in myself. One of the most interesting to me was completely unexpected: I have lost complete interest in watching tv. This is astounding because I am a tv-aholic and have struggled to watch less. Now, I feel indiference to whatever is on. I would rather read or DO something. My energy level is much higher, as well, and I find myself taking on and finishing projects that normally would have languished half-completed. Another interesting change is my posture. I have always had very rounded shoulders (scoliosis, etc.) and without trying to, my posture has become increasingly erect. One cautionary note: the third position (camel--arching backward on knees) had always made me feel somewhat lightheaded. A few weeks ago I actually lost consciousness for a second and hit my nose on the floor! I believe that the vagus nerve (running up the front of the torso) may have been responsible for this reaction (stimulating this nerve causes the heart to slow and blood vessels to dialate: a recipe for fainting).Read more ›
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By Laura De Giorgio TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 17 2011
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I got this book after I purchased a similar book from another author and gave it to a friend who decided to keep it. I've read some of the reviews here and see that some people do not like the first exercise - the spinning. It is my favorite. While it does say in this one and other similar books that it is not recommended to go overboard with spinning - there I times I do spin about 99 times three times a day. It's a way of getting naturally high. (On a side not, spinning is my favorite part of salsa dancing).

I also know a woman who has transformed literally in a few months by doing these exercises - and she too, did mostly spinning. Not only did she look younger, but she become way slimmer.

Some reviewers say that this it not a book for beginners - but the exercises (essentially hatha yoga exercises) are very simple and you are meant to do them according to your comfort level, progressing at your own pace, so it doesn't matter how stiff or flexible you are - if you persist with the exercises you are bound to make progress. I'd even call this book "lazy man's book for flexiblity and awakening vital energy" because, after all, it only has five exercises.

There is a sixth "rite", but to the practice of that one, I believe that Taoist books related to the cultivation of sexual energy (e.g. Mantak Chia's) do it much greater justice.
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This is a simply written book that is easy to implement. I first encountered it when I was young enough that I didn't pay much attention, now that I am in my late sixties I am hoping the exercises accomplish what is claimed. I think I feel some difference, but it is too early to really say.
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I have posted other reviews about this book but here is a warning. Several times during the past several months I have slacked off and stopped doing the rites. And here is what happened.
After several weeks I noticed that my eyes are starting to age. They started to go back to the state they should be in as if I had never done the rites. Hollows under the eyes, dark rings, and my skin started to look old, the crease came back on both sides of my mouth, and I started to gain wieght again, while my skin started to dry out and my knee started to hurt again.
Pretty shocking and eye opening. I guess the way to test if this book really works after you have been doing it for a few months is just simply stop. You will revert back to the age you are supposed to be. Anyway, that jolted me sufficiently to start up the rites again and within a weeks time upon looking in the mirror I noticed things going the other way again. The eyes were looking way better as the hollows under them began to vanish, my skin started getting oily again, and the knee started feeling way better. I know from experience when I do the rites for several months, that is when people start making comments that I am looking way younger. Let me give you an example. I am friends with another guy who is my age (34) and he looks like he is 40. When I saw him a few months ago I had been doing the rites for about 3-4 months straight. He was stunned and said that I look 5 years younger than the last time I saw him and he was shaking his head incrediously. At the same time he appeared a little jealous. So we went out to the dance clubs downstown Chicago (actually the clubs name was Crowbar) where the average age appears to be 22-23 years of age, plenty of young attractive women. I had a two women actually hit on me!
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