At 100 years old, legendary yoga instructor Tao Porchon-Lynch has no plans to slow down. She is still teaching multiple times a week in Hartsdale, a northern suburb of New York City, and she dances in the local Fred Astaire society.
Since she first encountered yoga at age seven in her native India, Porchon-Lynch has trained with some of the greatest, and went on to mentor, among others, Deepak Chopra.
In recent years she has appeared on America’s Got Talentas a ballroom dancer, and authored two books. Tao Porchon-Lynch is the world’s oldest yoga instructor and shows no sign of slowing down as she embraces her second century with the same can-do attitude that has shaped her life.
She says the secret to longevity is to live every day full of the “joy of life”. Ms Porchon-Lynch revealed she was introduced to yoga at seven-years-old when she saw some boys doing yoga positions on a beach, and has been hooked ever since.
She said: “I saw some boys and I thought oh that’s good, I’m going to do that. So I did the same thing they were doing, and my aunt said to me: ‘What are you doing?’”.
“I said: ‘I’m doing the same thing here that they’re doing’, and she said: ‘But that’s not for ladies, it’s not ladylike’, and I said: ‘If boys can do it, I can do it’”. Earlier this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded the centenarian the prestigious Padma Shri Award for exceptional achievement.
Porchon-Lynch lives alone in her suburb apartment, but when needed, she has a circle of care that includes current and former students and friends dropping by, plus members of a wine society she’s in.