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Worlds Oldest Yoga Teacher

World’s oldest yoga instructor, 98, shares the mantras she swears by – after teaching for more than 75 YEARS

  • Tao Porchon-Lynch, 98, has been teaching yoga for more than 75 years
  • The spirited yogi first started yoga at just eight-years-old while living in India
  • Ms Porchon-Lynch has spoken about the mantras she swears by
  • She said one of the most important things to know is that ‘anything is possible’
  • Mrs Porchon-Lynch is also a ballroom dancer and used to be a model and actress

Tao Porchon-Lynch, 98, has been getting up at 5am to teach yoga for more than 75 years.


Now, the world’s oldest yoga instructor, who was raised in India and lives in New York, has shared her advice and the mantras she swears by in life.

As part of the ‘Power of She’ movement for Athleta, Mrs Porchon-Lynch appeared in a video alongside Dr. Terri Kennedy, a ‘Master Life Coach’ she teaches with.

‘Anything is possible, nothing is impossible,’ Mrs Porchon-Lynch said.

‘When you wake up every morning say “this is going to be the best day of my life” and it will be.’

When Mrs Porchon-Lynch was just eight-years-old she was told yoga wasn’t ‘lady-like’ when she expressed interest in it.

But the determined yogi joined a bunch of young boys doing it and eventually convinced a yoga master to allow her to join his class.

‘I’ve been teaching now for 75 years,’ she said.

 Know that the joy of living is right inside of you.

Dr. Kennedy said everything about Mrs Porchon-Lynch inspires her.

‘We met at a masterclass workshop… she shows us what almost a century of conscious mindful living looks like,’ Dr. Kennedy said.

‘Tao and I travel the world inspiring people through yoga and we often get comments that we are more powerful together.

It’s an incredible collaboration.’

Mrs Porchon-Lynch concluded the video by sharing a piece of advice.

‘Know that the joy of living is right inside of you,’ she said.

‘Live it, believe in it.’

Yoga isn’t the only craft Mrs Porchon-Lynch has mastered however, with the spirited yogi also talented at ballroom dancing.

She was also a fashion model in her youth and acted in movies including 1951’s Show Boat and 1954 film The Last Time I saw Paris, starring Elizabeth Taylor.

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By Zoe

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