I came across the “Yoga to Preserve Youth and Beauty” book in a beautiful bookshop in Nepal.
It looked like a kind of book that yoga newbies buy, but I thought I’d look inside just in case I was wrong. And I was!
Yes, the book is written in a very simple manner and isn’t thick, but there are great truths in every page of it.
Bijoylaxmi Hota’s book “Yoga to Preserve Youth and Beauty” is about how to remain young and beautiful inside and out using the practices written about in ancient Sanskrit texts about yoga.
There are many images illustrating particular yogic movements or steps to take for youth and beauty preservation. Each exercise is explained in a short and simple manner.
Bijoylaxmi explains how we age and how the ageing process can be stopped. She addresses many causes of ageing and gives time-tested solutions to stop the age clock:
The bio-clock is found to tick the fastest under stress, speeding up cell division. Every time a body cell divides it loses a little of its long tail till there’s no tail left. When the cell can no longer divide itself, it dies, never to be replaced. And thus the body degenerates and ages.
Yogic relaxation techniques induce the deepest possible rest, while certain other yogic practices promote better tissue regeneration.
Some yogic practices that the author suggests may seem weird, but they surely work. Let’s take the one where you have to sit in vajrasana with knees apart and bend the head backward, extend the tongue fully, look at your third eye and make the sound “aaaa”. This strange practice renews your facial skin and arrests the formation of wrinkles under eyes.
Here’s the original vajrasana posture:
Gold dust and youth
The author also addresses gold as an ultimate ageing stopper. Gold is safe to ingest because it’s inactive. The author tells that gold is probably the only metal that can make body tissues more resistant to the harmful effects of oxygen, if ingested in a powder or leaf form. (Just to make things clear, we wouldn’t survive without oxygen but tissues react to it and are worn out by it).
I did a search on edible gold and there are a few options on Amazon, however I cannot guarantee gold purity from those sellers as I’ve never ordered from them. I know that even keeping a pure gold accessory in the water for 24 hours and then drinking the water should also produce beneficial effects.
Soul evolution through chakras
I love the way Bijoylaxmi Hota describes the stages of evolution people go through. Here’s the quote:
The soul is said to evolve from chakra to chakra. Mooladhara (base) chakra is the lowest chakra for humans and the highest one for animals. A mooladhara man, having just emerged out of the animal ancestry retains most of the animal qualities. Like animals, they live to surive. Food, shelter and procreation are their only concerns.
…Swadhistana person [sacral chakra] is less animal like. But the person is still crude and loud. He’s drawn to external show and glitter. For him, sensual pleasures are the most important factors.
…The Manipura [solar chakra] man leaves behind the crudity and thoughtlessness of his earlier level. He is now more human; he thinks and reflects on the finer aspects of life. Though he still chases wealth, it’s more for fame, status and power than to gratify his senses.
This way the author goes on to explain each type of person according to their development levels (except for the throat chakra). I couldn’t believe how accurate that was!
Lip care and self-talk
I love how the author solves small beauty problems in the most unusual yet natural way. For example, she writes that in order to prevent lips from chapping you should put a drop of mustard oil into your navel.
She also writes about the importance of talking to your cells. Usually it’s the brain that gives orders to the cells, but we don’t need to use this intermediate – we can give orders to our cells directly. It’s most effective when the talking is done immediately after meditation or complete relaxation.
You can order to your cells anything you wish, for example, to heal a particular disease or to release negative emotions. The more specific you are, the better the results will be. Believe that the cells hear you and quickly respond to your wishes.
My opinion about Yoga to Preserve Youth and Beauty
I loved the book for its simplicity and beauty. Every exercise was easy to understand because there were many images explaining the process.
As for the tips given in the “Yoga to Preserve Youth and Beauty” book, the ones I already tried proved absolutely true. There’s one piece of advice I wouldn’t apply though – it involves pealing off the outer layer of your skin with applying garlic. I had one horrible experience with garlic so that doesn’t tempt me to try it again:) However the author suggests applying this technique only with an experienced guru/practitioner.
Apart from this, the advice the author gives in the “Yoga to Preserve Youth and Beauty” is priceless and I highly recommend this book for the people interested in stopping the age clock and enhancing their beauty.