I have been blessed to have met Tao Porchon-Lynch twice!
The first time I met Tao was in March of 2014. I participated in a yoga class with her at The Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Hartsdale, New York. Leading up to and during the class I was over the moon with excitement!
Tao is the “oldest yoga teacher” recorded by The Guinness World Records. Tao was given this title in 2012, when she was 93 years old. She is now 96 years old and continues to be an active yoga teacher.
Tao has over 70 years of yoga practice and more than 45 years of teaching yoga to students in India, France and the U.S.
Tao is one of the most amazing people on the planet. She is VERY inspirational in her physical abilities. Along with continuing to teach yoga, she took up ballroom dancing at the age of 87! She competes with partners who are 70 years her junior!
Along with being awe-inspiring physically, Tao is spiritual, compassionate, funny, sweet, and inclusive. Her yoga classes and workshops are SO fun and you come out feeling high as a kite in the sky with happiness! Her inclusiveness makes each and every person in the room feel special.
Tao doesn’t believe in ‘can’t’. She says that there’s nothing you can’t do. You CAN just get up each morning and enjoy life and see how wonderful it is. WOW! wise, wise words.
Tao Porchon-Lynch’s 5 Rules for a Long, Happy Life:
1. Don’t procrastinate—tomorrow never comes.
2. You can’t believe in something if you only do it halfway.
3. Each day, whatever is in your mind materializes.
4. Never think about what can go wrong. I know my best day is every day.
5. If you wait for something good to happen, it will. Don’t look for tragedy.
This is one of my favourite quotes from Tao:
“I don’t believe in getting old. Look how many beautiful trees are hundreds of years old. They are losing leaves (in winter) but they are not dying—they are recycling. In a few months, spring will start up again. You can learn so much from nature.”
Tao has recently written a book titled, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. The book will be released in March 2015. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive!