She tried imitating them, but was told by her aunt that it was not a “ladylike” thing to do.“I said, ‘If boys can do it, I can do it’,” recalled Porchon-Lynch, who continued to show up at the beach and over the years learned many of the asanas or postures just by watching.
"If you believe in something, go ahead and do it."Her uncle, Vital Porchon, who built railroad lines in Asia and Africa, knew many of the great spiritual thinkers and activists of pre-Independence India, including Mahatma Gandhi.
Tao Porchon-Lynch, who will turn 100 in a few months, is the world's oldest yoga teacher and the founder of the Westchester Yoga Institute.
She's pictured at the Fred Astaire Studio in Hartsdale on Feb. It was from her uncle that she learned life’s important lessons, she said.“My uncle would say, never ask anyone to understand you, try and understand them," she said.
In 2003, Pines, who had recently retired from the Mount Vernon School District, met Porchon-Lynch at a yoga class in Briarcliff Manor.“She stepped out of her Smart car wearing black leather pants and very high heels,” Pines said.
"I was captivated."Porchon-Lynch’s positive attitude toward life had a deep impact on Pines.
(She would later take part in the 1963 March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr.).
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Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world's oldest yoga instructor, talks to lohud's Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy about yoga and its connection to life on Feb. As impressive as her personal achievements are, her life experiences spanning continents and historical events are almost fantastical.
In 2016, Porchon-Lynch was recognized on Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
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