A young 99-year-old, Tao Porchon-Lynch is the Guinness World Record certified oldest yoga teacher in the world, still teaching regular classes in New York and also traveling around the world.
Her uncle, who raised her, was a student and follower of Swami Vivekananda, who is credited with bringing yoga to the West in his famous speech to the Parliament of the World Religions event in Chicago on September 11, 1893. Tao absorbed the essence of Vedanta, a school of Hindu philosophy, from her everyday living and her uncle’s many insights.
Tao began pursuing yoga from the early age of eight, and when she hit adulthood she decided to turn it into a full-time profession. Now, having practiced yoga for more than 70 years, she shows no signs of slowing down.
Tao founded the Yoga Teacher’s Association (1979) and the Westchester Institute of Yoga (1982). She has since certified over 1,600 yoga teachers and has led over 35 yoga retreats in Bali, India, Morocco, Peru, and France. She has been an invited guest in places like Sri Lanka, Budapest, and Moscow, and even taught yoga to the Department of Defense personnel at the Pentagon in 2012.