Inspiration November 28, 2016
Still going strong at 98, yogi Täo Porchon-Lynch shows women across the globe that age is just a number.
She will be featured in Athleta’s January catalog and its new “Power of She” campaign. For her tenacity, commitment to fitness and inspirational achievements breaking stereotypes about youth and wellness, Porchon-Lynch is undoubtedly one of the #WomenThatDo.
NAME: Täo Porchon-Lynch
LIFETIME: August 13, 1918 – Present
WHAT SHE’S KNOWN FOR: Täo Porchon-Lynch is heralded as the world’s oldest living yoga celebrity. She teaches a 90-minute yoga class five times a week in New York but has taught hundreds of yoga students all over the United States and abroad for 46 years. “Her students love her. She has a large band of students who would do anything for her,” says Susan Douglass, 61, who began studying yoga with Porchon-Lynch in 1999.
For her work as a yoga instructor, Porchon-Lynch has been given the highest rating by The Yoga Alliance and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012 as the world’s oldest yoga teacher. Despite undergoing three hip replacements, she has become the poster child for an active lifestyle.
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WHY WE LOVE HER: Regardless of her age, Porchon-Lynch is dedicated to health and wellness. Outside of yoga, she is a competitive ballroom dancer with over 500 first place awards. In 2015, Porchon-Lynch danced a samba/cha-cha/salsa combination on “America’s Got Talent.” Judge Howard Stern called her performance “too mind-blowing for words.” She is also an avid traveler and has gone to India and Moscow to dance.
FUN FACTS: Aside from her work as a fitness instructor, Porchon-Lynch and husband Bill Lynch founded the American Wine Society. She is currently the vice president of its Southern New York chapter. To this day, Porchon-Lynch drinks only two beverages: tea and wine. She doesn’t drink water.
So perhaps a glass of wine per day does keep the doctor away. But whether or not you believe it, Täo Porchon-Lynch continues to be an example about the importance of living a well-rounded, dedicated lifestyle.
As she has said on Omega, “I don’t believe in age. I don’t want anybody to tell me what I can’t do. I want to know that within me that there’s all the power of the universe.”
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