The Worlds Oldest Yoga Teacher Has Died at 101Here Were Her Secrets to a Long Life – Prevention.com

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Of her 101 years, Tao Porchon-Lynch spent 93 of them practicing yoga. That dedication made her the worlds oldest yoga teacher, and on February 21, she took her last breath. The official announcement came from her Instagram page with a photo of her basking in the sun. With great sorrow and heavy hearts, we are writing to let you know that our beloved Tao passed away this morning, the caption read. As she would say, she is now dancing her way to the next planet.

According to her website, Porchon-Lynch became a yogi when she was just eight years old, and spent the rest of her life developing a deeper connection with herself. Born in India, she studied with yoga greats like B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois, and marched for social justice with Ghandi.

Before World War II, she moved to France, according to The New York Times, and helped her aunt hide refugees from the Nazis. Later in life, she channeled her activism toward preserving and protecting endangered wildlife, wrote a book of meditations titled Reflections: The Yogic Journey of Life, and became a competitive ballroom dancer. According to Huffington Post, she won over 700 dance competitions, and her impressive footwork was even featured on Americas Got Talent.

Clearly, Tao was incredibly dedicated to everything she did, and nothing could get in her way. Not even a slip on the dance floor and three subsequent hip replacements. I dont believe in calamities, she told Yoga Journal in 2014. I dont want to know what I cant do. Im only interested in what I can do.

Staying active was her key to a long, fulfilling life. She was also a vegetarian, but when asked if she thought the diet contributed to her impressive age, she shrugged. Maybe, she said. I dont believe in getting old. In America, look how many beautiful trees are hundreds of years old. They are losing leaves but they are not dyingthey are recycling. In a few months, spring will start up again. You can learn so much from nature.

Thats whyeven at 101she always wore high heels. They brought her closer to natures most elevated elements. I wear high heels because I climbed Machu Picchu I climbed up into the atmosphere and I felt I was just one with the whole of nature, she said in an Instagram video. It takes me on another level of consciousness.

Every thought and action she put into the world was full of wisdom, but theres one piece of advice that stands out: Wake up every morning with a positive mindset. Whatever you put in your mind materializes, she told The Times. Within yourself, theres an energy, but unless you use it, it dissipates. And thats when you get old.

Tao may have passed away, but she never got old.

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