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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; Doubleday ed edition (January 20, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038549162X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385491624
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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307 of 313 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I started doing the rites when I was 28 solely because they're quick and 'easy.' I still feel that repetitive exercise that goes on longer than 15 minutes -- except walking -- is some kind of evil-self torture. I'm 36. Here it goes:
1. I look the same as my mug in pics taken 8 years ago. Better, actually, because my face has more colour.
2. I can easily get into the jeans I wore at University -- half my age -- with the wear at the same hole of my belts to prove it.
3. No grey hair. Not genetics maybe -- my younger brother is half-grey.
4. I can rarely count past fifteen after I get into bed before I crash out.
5. Love food when there is some, but feel zero craving for it otherwise. Much the same with sex.
6. Other people's projections, angst, attempts of manipulation, and 'designer spites' feel as if they pass right through my body, with no 'wall' there to take the hits. They no longer seem 'real' and I can smile/laugh in spite of external circumstances.
Point 6 brings me to an experience I want to share. Before I began doing the rites, I had been the sort who lived almost entirely in my head. After doing the rites for a few weeks, my head and face felt heavy all the time. I discovered the 'solution' quite by accident. I chanced upon somebody I knew in a pub and I smiled at her. I suddenly felt the said 'heaviness' moved from my eye sockets into my third-eye chakra, then upwards to the top of my head, and dispersed. It felt as if I got connected to the 'dance' of being as it was.
Wonder why sages advise the thinking/serious type to smile a lot more.
Let's make constant, sincere smiling the seventh -- if not the most important -- rite!
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151 of 154 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
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One of my hatha yoga students kindly gave me a copy of book 1 as a gift. A bit skeptical, I started to read it and was charmed by the story, intrigued as to whether the exercises would work. I gave it a try and even in the first week was amazed at the results. I am now up to doing the recommended 21 reps of each of the 5 positions. I have almost boundless energy, look 10 years younger according to my colleagues, feel healthier than I have in years, sleep more deeply at night. Without even trying to, I have lost nearly 10 pounds: the exercises seem to balance or curb your appetite. I am not as hungry, yet the smaller portions I eat seem tastier to me. My yoga students are very enthusiastic about the 5 Rites. I get daily requests for this class. I have since bought book 2 and like it even more because of all the detailed explanations contained therein. I have recommended the books to at least a dozen friends and colleagues. Even my significant other is starting to do the 5 Rites and has never felt healthier. In short, highly recommended. Inti
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214 of 223 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 1999
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This is a great book. These exercises have revolutinized my energy level & life! However, Book #2 in this series reiterates most of the same information AND adds in one absolutely crucial element for maximum benefit... the proper breathing techniques that should accompany the movements. I highly recommend Book Two because it covers all the basics plus the crucial breathing!
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369 of 392 people found the following review helpful By Bill Butler on April 18, 2000
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Yes, Virginia. There IS a Santa Claus. First, the fundamentals. There are five Tibetan rites. The first is just swinging around like an idiot. The second one is where you are just lying down and you raise your legs while touching your chin to you chest. The next rite is where you just arch your back. The fourth is when you position yourself so you look like a table. And the fifth is where you alternate looking like a "V" and and then looking like a cobra. Takes about 5 minutes. Do each 3 times. If you can't do any, don't worry. People who can hardly move are able to do so eventually. Add 1 repitition a week and build up to 21 repitions. This can take as little as 10 to 20 minutes. And that's it! How does it work? I've studied a little yoga so here we go. At the very tailbone of your spine is the muludhara chakra. This is where the kundalini rests. To make it simple, almost all your energy resides in the bottom of your spine. Now think of your Mother-in-Law or the presidential candidates. The shock of this thought will cause your spine to compress. Actually, what is happening in yoga is that your conciousness is now residing in the bottom of your spine. This "stress response" can eventually cause you to become "humped over". There is very little energy now in the upper spine. The energy level is normally supposed to go UP the spine. But because of the way people live and think, most people live in the lumbar part of the spine during their whole lives. In an unconcious state. This is why dugs and alcohol work. They send this energy to the higher regions of the spine. Unfortanately, this is considered dangerous because it is done violently. Now eventually, the chakras above the lumbar spine almost turn off.Read more ›
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Aine Armour-Barrett on March 20, 2009
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The title of this book is a little misleading, as it is NOT written by the same author as the original book. The original little book by Peter Kelder is THE book to read. This second book is an interpretation of the first.It is helpful, but it is also just opinions about the first book. It says that if you buy this book you don't need to buy the first book, but I disagree. The first book is fabulous, inspiring and what is more, the exercises described are REALLY powerful. They cause the body to begin a cleansing process and to realign. The exercises are all given in the second book, but it is the style, presentation and originality of the first book that makes you DO the exercises. My advice is read the first, orginal book BEFORE you read the second one. The second one is not even necessary, but it does help on questions about diet etc. Vague sense of a publisher making more money here.
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