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May 16, 2012

Woman becomes world’s oldest yoga teacher at 93

London: A 93-year-old woman has been named as the oldest yoga teacher in the world by Guinness World Records. Tao Porchon-Lynch’s age isn’t keeping her from striking a perfect pose. The yoga instructor and dance competitor is vibrant as ever and proves that age really is just a number. She has lived a full life that includes marriage, acting, modelling, performing burlesque and even marching twice with Gandhi. Now, she has another feather in her cap – Guinness World Records has declared her the world’s oldest yoga teacher, and she has no plans to stop anytime soon. “I’m going to teach yoga until I can’t breathe anymore then I’ll just fly away to the next planet ... I just, I love yoga, it brightens my day and makes everybody smile,” the Telegraph quoted Porchon-Lynch as saying. On Mondays, Tao teaches classes to a dedicated group of students at a dance studio in Harstdale, a suburb 25 miles outside of New York City . She pushes her students to find their deepest range in asanas and said she holds herself to the same standards. “My doctor when he did the hip replacement said you won’t be able to do this, you won’t be able to do that. I said I don’t want to know what I won’t be able to do because I don’t believe it. “So I sent him a photograph in lotus lifting off the ground and he called me the miracle woman. I said it’s no miracle, a miracle means only to see that which is inside of you. If it’s inside, I can do it,” she said. Tao became interested in yoga when she was eight years old. She observed a group of young boys practicing yoga on the beach in her hometown of Pondicherry in southern India . She said she decided then that she could do anything a boy could do. She has been teaching professionally for 61 years, although it was only at age 73 that she decided to focus solely on being an instructor.

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