Tao Porchon-Lynch

Tao Porchon-Lynch - Athleta Sponsored AthleteTAO PORCHON-LYNCH believes that nothing is impossible. At age 95, she’s still confounding the “experts” who didn’t believe she could continue teaching yoga and competing in ballroom dance. In 2012, she was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest yoga teacher, and she now has 543 first place awards in dance competitions! What’s the key to her vibrant life? In Tao’s words, “When Athleta selected me as their featured athlete, they were honoring the principles I’ve followed for nine decades.  Yoga moves into your inner self and brings healing to its practitioners. By keeping you mentally and physically pliable, it helps you to face every obstruction that life puts in your path.”

Tao has lived on three continents and considers herself a citizen of this wonderful planet. She’s been inspired by the extraordinary people she’s had the good fortune to meet on life’s journey: her uncle’s friend, Mahatma Gandhi, with whom she marched for Indian independence; her aunt who sheltered fleeing Jews during WWII; writers Quentin Reynolds and Ernest Hemingway who she met as a cabaret performer during the war; actors Fred Astaire and Clark Gable, who she met when she was a starlet under contract to MGM: the seminal leaders in yoga and meditation, Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar and Indra Devi, with whom she studied in India; and the Dalai Lama, with whom she shared the stage at a conference to explore how we can attain world peace.

Most of all, Tao is inspired daily by her wonderful students, who continuously surpass their own performance expectations while being generously supportive of their fellow yoga practitioners. Her students enhance her desire to keep teaching. After a recent a class at the Pentagon, attended by young people returning from Afghanistan for rehabilitation treatments, Tao reflected, “I inspired them to try poses they were sure they could never do — and many of them surprised themselves when they achieved them. I shared with them my philosophy of life: never procrastinate because tomorrow never comes; never let fear get into your mind; and welcome the dawn of each new day because it’s going to be the best day in your life. After the class many of them told me I’d given them a new way to look at their situation.  This is why I love what I do. I get to see my amazing students discard their  fears and discover their best selves.”

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS & CREDENTIALS

  • Listed in 2012 in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest yoga teacher
  • Taught thousands of yoga students all over the United States and abroad for 46 years; taught and certified hundreds of yoga teachers
  • Appeared on numerous television shows, videos and documentaries demonstrating yoga
  • Designated as an E-500 teacher and given the highest rating by The Yoga Alliance
  • Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Competitive ballroom dancer with over 500 first place awards
  • Founding member of the American Wine Society and a vice-president of its Southern New York chapter
  • Former model in Paris for many top designers, such as Jean Patou and Coco Chanel; starlet at MGM studios who appeared in films and TV shows
  • Film and TV scriptwriter; wrote and produced documentaries

2013 INTENTIONS

  • In addition to teaching regular yoga classes in New York, travel to teach yoga in West Sussex, England, Iowa and Hawaii
  • In addition to entering dance competitions along the Eastern seaboard, travel to dance in India and Moscow
  • Lead an annual Wine Tour to Champagne and Burgundy in the spring

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Photo Credit: Robert Sturman