Tao Porchon-Lynch, the yoga teacher who made headlines last year when she was recognized by Guinness Book of World Record as the “Oldest Living Yoga Teacher,” celebrated her 95th birthday yesterday.
Porchon-Lynch, who is a competitive ballroom dancer in her spare time, has had a busy year with a full teaching schedule and a new yoga DVD, Yoga with Tao Porchon-Lynch, which she released in collaboration with Tara Stiles.
Porchon-Lynch shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. “I don’t get tired,” she told Buzz. “I search within myself for the power of creation, and inner energy radiates the eternal life force,”
A former model and actress, Porchon-Lynch began teaching yoga full-time at the age of 73, though her first experience with yoga was as a child growing up in Pondicherry (a French colony on India on the Bay of Bengal). She now teaches yoga in New York and holds workshops across the country.
She admires the teachings of Douglas Swenson, David Swenson, and James Miller, and so many others. She considers herself a student of Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, and the Maharaja of Mysore, but she says her students are her biggest inspiration.
Her advice to those who hope to keep up their yoga practice into their 90s?: “There is no such thing as 'age.' Tune into the power of the eternal, and feel the beauty of life. Nothing is impossible. Yoga revitalizes us with every breath we take.”
For more inspiration, check out more amazing photographs of Porchon-Lynch here.
Happy Birthday, Tao!