Finding her zen

Woman became world’s oldest living yoga teacher despite once being told yoga is ‘not ladylike’

Yoga guru Täo Porchon-Lynch (Facebook).

Täo Porchon-Lynch, a 98-year-old yoga guru, was named the “World’s Oldest Living Yoga Teacher” by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012. Since then, she has gone on to become a “yogalebrity,” a sought after personality of the yoga world. She has appeared on America’s Got Talent, reaped praise from Deepak Chopra (in fact he interviewed her in a Facebook Live segment earlier this month) and appeared in an ad campaign by Athleta, Gap Inc.’s athleisure brand.

A New York Times profile reveals some delectable tidbits about Porchon-Lynch. She drives a smart car, and only wears high heels. As a child living in India, she marched with Mahatma Gandhi. While living in London as an adult, she met Noel Coward.

The nonagenarian was born in 1918 and raised by her aunt and uncle in Pondicherry, India. She began practicing yoga when she was eight years old, after seeing local boys contorting their bodies on the beach. “I went to my aunt and said, ‘Can they let me be part of it?’” Porchon-Lynch told the Times. “And she said: ‘That isn’t a game, it is yoga and it’s not for girls. It’s not ladylike.’ So I started doing it.”

Over the past few years, Porchon-Lynch has become a fixture of social media. She has more than 16,000 followers on Facebook, where one can find photos and videos of Porchon-Lynch in various yoga poses. And Porchon-Lynch certainly seems to be enjoying her fame. “I am invited all over the world!” she told the Times.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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