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Meet Tao Porchon-Lynch, the 97-Year-Old Yoga Teacher

June 9, 2016


“Pack into your mind and body the sound of the music of your heart. Don’t let it prevent you from wasting time experiencing the wonders of life.” – Tao Porchon-Lynch 

Age is just a number, especially when it comes to yoga.

We all want to live long, healthy lives, filled with meaningful relationships and honest moments. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a prime example of these achievements. At 97 years old, she continues to practice and teach the gift of yoga.

Ms. Porchon-Lynch started practicing when she was eight years old, during a time where very few women pursued yoga. As she got older, she began studying with yoga icons such as Sri Aurobindo, Indra Devi, and B.K.S. Iyengar.

Now you can visit her at her Hartsdale and Scarsdale studios, where she often dashes into class after a two-hour ballroom dance class. According to the New York Times, Ms. Porchon-Lynch routinely participates in swing dancing, the cha-cha, samba, mambo, bolero, and, obviously, the tango. In between yoga and dance classes she wears six-inch stilletos, which she enjoys because they help “light the glow of energy from the inner feet up through the body.”

She credits her longevity to waking up with optimism, and adapting the mindset that every day will be the best one yet.

Even before she was teaching yoga, Ms. Porchon-Lynch was living quite a life. Her mother died giving birth, and she was raised in Pondicherry, India, by her aunt and uncle. Her uncle, a rail line designer, took her on several of his adventures, and she and her aunt helped hide refugees from the Nazis during World War II.

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Amanda Kohr is a 24-year-old writer and photographer with a penchant for yoga, food, and travel. She prefers to bathe in the moonlight rather than the sun, and enjoys living in a state of the three C’s: cozy, creative, and curious. When she’s not writing, you can find her driving her VW Bug, looking for the next roadside attraction or family diner. She also roams the Internet via her blog at