Retro Revival: Yoga Beauty Tips from the 1960s

My Nana once told me that her mother, my great-grandmother, had bags under her eyes because she’d rub them furiously with her fists first thing in the morning. “If you don’t do that, you’ll be alright,” Nana told me with conviction.

I never bought her cockamamie beauty tips, but that doesn’t mean I toss all farfetched ideas aside in the name of saving face — in a literal sense!

For all you brides-to-be, I offer you these instructional images from Yoga for Beauty and Health, a 1960s beautification book that my mother may or may not have accidentally stolen from a library in Ohio just a few short years before she and my father got hitched. Perhaps they’ll help calm your nerves before you trot down the aisle, or maybe they’ll just be good for a giggle. Either way, why not give ‘em a whirl?


Scans from Yoga for Beauty and Health by Eugune S. Rawls and Eve Diskin, Parker Publishing Co., Inc., West Nyack, N.Y. 1967.

What will you do to de-stress before your big day?

Laura Vrcek

About Laura

With a passion for events, interviews, and her pet aloe plants, Laura strives to live in a world where writing poetry evokes celebrity status. When she's not planning her apartment's next face-lift, she's either befriending strangers or admiring maps. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, is a member of ModCloth's Charitable Giving Committee, and is an avid appreciator of funky hairstyles and too-hot sauces.

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8 Responses to Retro Revival: Yoga Beauty Tips from the 1960s

  1. RBuccicone 04/17/2012 at 10:17 am #

    I’m pretty sure the first one will GIVE you wrinkles especially in the brow. Silly book :)

    • Laura (ModCloth) 04/17/2012 at 11:03 am #

      Funny, right? I can’t wait to show my mom this post. She probably won’t remember giving me the book, so I’m anticipating a highly entertaining conversation.

  2. Priscilla Francine Makeup 04/17/2012 at 11:49 am #

    Laura, this is hilarious!!!

    • Laura (ModCloth) 04/17/2012 at 4:00 pm #

      Seriously, I had so much fun skimming through this book. I’m going to start doing the moves at my desk until my coworkers think I’ve lost it.

  3. molly alice 04/17/2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I just wish I could get my hair to do that!

  4. Jess 04/17/2012 at 2:08 pm #

    This the funniest!! The first one gets my giggles going, big time. Thanks for sharing this gem. (And I’m buying that book NOW.) xxx, j

    • Jess 04/17/2012 at 2:16 pm #

      Just ordered it from Amazon UK – got it for $0.01 + $3 shipping. I can’t wait to dig in!

    • Laura (ModCloth) 04/17/2012 at 4:02 pm #

      Ha! Nice!

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