There is a common saying that tells us that “you are only as young as you feel.” It is good advice to help us keep life in perspective and be aware that our physical and emotional health are more important than chronological age, except where marketing and demographics are concerned.
We just found the incredible and inspiring story of Tao Porchon-Lynch. She is the world’s oldest active yoga instructor, and she has some of the best advice for the rest of us about how to live a long, meaningful, and fulfilling life. You are going to love hearing this gal’s story when you watch the video.
She has been teaching yoga for more than seventy five years and is now currently the oldest living active professional yoga instructor. At just eight years of age, she expressed an interest in yoga, but was told that the practice was not for women. Not one to be deterred, she began doing yoga with some boys and soon convinced a yoga master to allow her to join his class.
Born and raised in India, she lives in New York City and recently shared her thoughts on a life well lived for the “Power of She” project produced by Athleta.
“Anything is possible, nothing is impossible. When you wake up every morning say ‘this is going to be the best day of my life’ and it will be. Know that the joy of living is right inside of you. Live it, believe in it.”
One of her students and collaborators, Dr. Terri Kennedy says that everything Tao does inspires her.
“’We met at a masterclass workshop… she shows us what almost a century of conscious mindful living looks like. Tao and I travel the world inspiring people through yoga and we often get comments that we are more powerful together. It’s an incredible collaboration.”
Master Porchon-Lynch has been teaching yoga for over 75 years, but has also found time to pursue other interests as well over the years. She has worked as a professional model, and has acted in several movies, including “The Last Time I Saw Paris” with Elizabeth Taylor, and “Show Boat” with Ava Gardner and Agnes Moorehead.
Just like anyone else, Porchon-Lynch has had her trials in life as well. She lost her husband of twenty years in 1982, and in recent years suffered a broken wrist and had a total hip replacement. But at the end of the day, yoga has helped her maintain an extremely high quality of life, and improved her emotional and intellectual health as well as keeping her body fit.
She also credits a vegetarian diet of reasonable portions, and of course, a glass of wine with dinner, and chocolate on occasion. She does also introduce small amounts of seafood, especially shellfish, into her menu from time to time. She believes that portion control is a big part of meal planning and that many people eat too much.
Tao Porchon-Lynch is ninety eight years old and going stronger than most people half her age.
Do you know someone who is so active physically and mentally at this age? What are their secrets? Share your stories with us here.