Former actress, screenwriter, model and professional dancer, Tao-Porchon Lynch shows us that nothing is impossible….and that we can all live our lives to our full potential, dancing to our own rhythm.
Tao participated in events that many of us have only heard of: from demonstrating with Mahatma Gandhi and helping Jews escape during the Second World War, to being a model for famous Parisian fashion chariots like Jean Patou and Coco Chanel, and last but not least, practicing yoga.
It may seem amazing but at the age of 96, after undergoing total hip replacement surgery in the early 2000s, Tao Porchon-Lynch continues to teach yoga students every day at 5 am!
Extremely energetic at 96, she has been practicing yoga for over 70 years and also dances waltz, jitterburg, samba and cha cha cha cha in her free time. Last but not least, he drives the car as well as a racing driver.
“I also love dancing foxtrot – and all the craziness,”
she laughs, describing the tango as just like champagne.
“I practice yoga before going to bed and I do yoga with my students when I wake up in the morning,” she said.
“I wake up every morning at 5 o’clock and usually go to bed near midnight.”
Tao-Porchon Lynch considers the several hundred yoga students as if they were her children. The 96-year-old has been practicing yoga since she was 8 years old and was named “The oldest yoga instructor in the world” by the Guinness World of Records.
Living in New York, Porchon-Lynch has trained hundreds of students from all over the world in his nearly 50 years of teaching yoga, and has followers in India, France and the United States.
The awards are not something new for the famous yogi. Born in a French colony in India, she won a contest for “The Most Beautiful Legs in Europe” after working as a cabaret dancer in London during The Second World War.
At the age of 73, Porchon-Lynch decides to focus on teaching yoga classes, founding the Westchester Institute of Yoga in New York.
According to her website, “The Tao is living proof for how we can reach our human potential. It is unique in its ability to overcome the effects of aging to control the body and mind, in harmony with the principles of yoga.”
Porchon-Lynch teaches yoga four days a week and also dances a lot. She definitely knows how to overcome a challenge. At the age of 87, he underwent hip surgery, but only after a month, he went to the dance floor, starting lessons.
“I think we can always get where we want to be,”
Porchon-Lynch said, “I’m inspired to bring yoga into the lives of others and help people bring out new talents.“
The previous record for “The oldest yoga teacher in the world” belonged to Bernice Bates, 91, from Florida.