World's oldest yoga teacher

The secrets of the world’s oldest yoga teacher, Tao Porchon-Lynch, are in tapping into the human potential. She had the ability to overcome the effects of aging by controlling body and mind through yoga’s principles.

“I don’t want to know what I can’t do. I’m only interested in what I can do.

  • Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world’s oldest yoga teacher, has lived 101 years.
  • Tao was born in India and became a yogi when she was just eight years old.
  • Staying active and keeping a positive mindset were key to her longevity.
  • She has been teaching yoga until her last days.
  • Tao died in February 2020.

According to her website, Porchon-Lynch became a yogi when she was just eight years old, and spent the rest of her life developing a deeper connection with herself. Born in India, she studied with yoga greats like B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois, and marched for social justice with Ghandi.

Staying active was her key to a long, fulfilling life. She was also a vegetarian, but when asked if she thought the diet contributed to her impressive age, she shrugged. “Maybe,” she said. “I don’t believe in getting old. In America, look how many beautiful trees are hundreds of years old. They are losing leaves but they are not dying—they are recycling. In a few months, spring will start up again. You can learn so much from nature.”

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