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World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher: “Inspire, Don’t Retire”

This incredible 99-year-old travels the globe teaching yoga and taking yoga. Her message: "Inspire, don't retire."

We Tribers are all about aging boldly, but what about trying to age boldly into triple digits? With a regular yoga practice, that might not be so farfetched. At least, that’s my take on Tao Porchon-Lynch, a yogini who, at 100, is likely the world’s oldest yoga teacher. She’s a lovely, limber and light-filled manifestation of health, wellness and living richly.

Upholding her Guinness World Records’ moniker as the world’s oldest yoga teacher, this incredible 99-year-old travels the globe teaching yoga, taking yoga, choreographing yoga dances and inspiring even the youngest of us to move. A role model for what yoga can do for one’s mind and body, Tao studied with yogi greats B.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. Tao—who is half-French and half-Indian—was another kind of model as well, working with fashion greats Jeanne Lanvin and Coco Chanel back in the day. Over the years, she’s met global stars like Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and Deepak Chopra.

Today, she teaches eight yoga classes a week in upstate New York and was featured in the documentary “If You’re Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast.” Her motivating message is “Inspire, don’t retire.” I don’t know about you, but I’m running to yoga. Right now!

–Kimberly Cihlar

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By Kimberly Cihlar


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