What You Can Learn From the World's Oldest Yoga Teacher (She's 94!)

After 45 years of teaching yoga -- with no plans to retire -- 94-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch releases her first yoga DVD

We can often learn a lot from our elders: manners, how to make a family recipe...yoga.

Last year, 94-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch earned the title of the world's oldest yoga instructor. She started practicing yoga at eight years old and has been teaching it for more than 45 years (she still has hundreds of students). Porchon-Lynch follows this simple philosophy: There is nothing we cannot do if we harness the power within us.

This year she releases her first DVD, Yoga With Tao Porchon-Lynch, that also features 32-year-old Tara Stiles, the founder of Strala Yoga in NYC.

I had a chance to catch up with Tao, who says that in partnering with Stiles she hopes people will realize that yoga truly has something for everyone, at any level. “The advanced students can see how beautiful Tara is with her poses,” she says. “The beginners can see how I can still do the poses!”

This DVD is suitable for all levels -- there are plenty of modifications for beginners and advanced yogis may enjoy the less intense, but still challenging, flow that Stiles demonstrates. This portion of the DVD is probably most appropriate for those at the intermediate level -- you can revel in the satisfaction that there isn't a contortion you can't do here.

At its core, yoga isn't about perfection, and the sequence featuring Porchon-Lynch shows that. She leads you through a flow on a quiet beach without speaking -- you can just pay attention and follow along. It you make a few missteps, it's okay. It's meant to be relaxing, not strenuous. It's truly a yoga practice where you can just be.

“People will see Tara and myself in touch with nature and the energy of life,” Porchon-Lynch says. “Yoga unites us with nature and the power to experience that same energy.”

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