There’s been some confusion and minor dispute over who is the world’s oldest yogi – for all we know there are bearded 125-year-olds living in caves! – but to all intents and purposes, and world records, we have a new title winner and she is one tough cookie. Her name is Tao Porchon-Lynch, she’s 93-years-young, she’s been practicing yoga since she was 8 and teaching yoga since she was 73 (it’s never too late!).
Porchon-Lynch teaches yoga four days a week and also keeps busy ballroom dancing and guiding wine tours in New York State. And she certainly knows how to overcome a challenge. At 87, she had hip surgery but a month later she took to the dance floor, starting lessons.
“I believe that we can always reach just a little bit further,” said Porchon-Lynch. “I’m inspired to bring yoga into others’ lives along with helping people unearth new talents.”
And we’re grateful for it! According to the Guinness World Records, Lady Tao is the new “world’s oldest yoga teacher” a title that was given to Bernice Yates late last year, but has been revoked since she is just a wee 91. Come on, can’t we just give them both Guinness Book of “awesomely inspiring, make us want to tear up” yogi awards?
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