Tao Porchon-Lynch, Master Yoga teacher, 94 years young, synthesizes the most positive aspects of Indian, European and American thought. Tao is uniquely equipped to spread Yogic insights, originating in India, to Westerners seeking enlightenment. She has trained and certified hundreds of yoga instructors, since founding the Westchester Institute of Yoga in 1982. “I believe that we can always reach just a little bit further,” said Porchon-Lynch. “I’m inspired to bring yoga into others’ lives along with helping people unearth new talents.”
Tao became interested in yoga when she was eight years old. She observed a group of young boys practicing yoga on the beach in her hometown of Pondicherry in southern India. She said she decided then that she could do anything a boy could do. Today, at an age where some people start slowing down, Porchon-Lynch teaches 400 students, four days a week and also keeps busy ballroom dancing and guiding wine tours in New York State.
And she certainly knows how to overcome a challenge. At 87, she had hip surgery but a month later she took to the dance floor, starting lessons. She has lived a full life that includes marriage, acting, modelling, performing burlesque and even marching twice with Gandhi.
Porchon-Lynch started teaching 45 years ago after a show business career whose highlights include winning a “Best Legs in Europe” contest, working as a cabaret dancer in London during World War II and as a model in Paris, then moving to America to act in films like “The Last Time I Saw Paris” with Elizabeth Taylor.
According to the Guinness World Records, Lady Tao is the new “world’s oldest yoga teacher” a title that was given to Bernice Yates late last year, but has been revoked since she is just a wee 91.