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The Remarkable Life of Tao Porchon-Lynch

September 28, 2013
Tao Porchaon-Lynch (photo courtesy of Joyce Pines)

Tao Porchaon-Lynch (photo courtesy of Joyce Pines)

Tao Porchon-Lynch marched with Gandhi, fought in the French Resistance and appeared in a handful of Hollywood movies. At ninety-five, she teaches yoga and competes in ballroom dancing. Now that’s what I call an adventurous life!

Here’s a short article about Tao that appeared on on May 14, 2012.

by Rick Schindler

It’s official: I have the world’s oldest yoga teacher. Guinness World Records has awarded that certification to 93-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, whose class I attend.

The funny thing is, Tao’s age is just about the least remarkable thing about her. Over the dozen or so years I’ve known her, enough incidents to fill several colorful lives have trickled out:

• She marched with Gandhi — twice — in her native India.

• She fought in the French Resistance and underwent an emergency appendectomy during the Blitz after escaping France to London.

• She was a model for fashion house Lanvin and a contract player for MGM, appearing in such films as “Show Boat” (1951).

• When her friend Leslie Caron injured her foot, threatening to delay production of “An American in Paris,” Tao fixed it with a Coke bottle.

• To get a part in a western, she pretended to (more…)