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Tao Porchon-Lynch, 96-Year-Old Yoga Instructor

When Porchon-Lynch turned 85, she decided yoga wasn’t enough. So she took up ballroom dancing as well. Despite having a hip replacement and suffering a broken wrist, Porchon-Lynch's positive attitude keeps her going.

How many 96 year olds do you know who have “overwhelming” energy? If you take yoga in Westchester, New York, you might know one person. Tao Porchon-Lynch is 96, and is recognized as the world’s oldest yoga teacher by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Born at the end of WWI, in 1919, Porchon-Lynch has always held the belief that “if we spend our time just sitting there… it’s not going to help at all.” So she started moving. Porchon-Lynch regularly inspires people much younger than her.

According to one yoga student, “I feel actually she’s younger than me.”

When Porchon-Lynch turned 85, she decided yoga wasn’t enough. So she took up ballroom dancing as well. Despite having a hip replacement and suffering a broken wrist, Porchon-Lynch’s positive attitude keeps her going.

“She’s stunning and a diamond on the floor every time,” said someone familiar with her ballroom dancing. “Honestly, sometimes I can’t keep up with her anymore.”

Porchon-Lynch also has words of inspiration for anyone hoping to live a long and happy life: “Really and truly believe. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t say I’ll do it tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes.”