Tao Porchon-Lynch

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Tao Porchon-Lynch Mean?

Tao Porchon-Lynch (1918-present) is known as the world’s oldest yoga teacher. She is a female French-Indian yogi, born in India as Tao Porchon. She was married to Bill Lynch, who died in 1982. She became a yoga instructor in the United States in 1967 after living in the United Kingdom and working as a dancer, actress and model.

In 2012, at the age of 93, she was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest yoga teacher in the world. She believes that yoga and its principles can bring peace, heal and help the planet.


Yogapedia Explains Tao Porchon-Lynch

One of the founders of the Yoga Teachers Association, Tao Porchon-Lynch studied with Indra Devi and it is said that she was one of the first females and the first foreign disciple of B.K.S. Iyengar. She participated at an international conference in Israel called Yoga for Peace in 1995 together with Indra Devi and T.K.V. Desikachar.

Tao Porchon-Lynch has taught yoga in India, Europe and the United States. In 1982, she founded the Westchester Institute of Yoga, where she certified hundreds of yoga instructors. She has also released a yoga DVD and has written a book about meditation titled, “Reflection: Yogic Journey of Life.”

Tao Porchon-Lynch is a vegetarian and is known for almost always wearing high heels. She is still teaching yoga and says that she will do so until she cannot breathe anymore.

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