Posts Tagged ‘yoga’

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…)

Matthew Sanford: Heals on Wheels

June 12, 2013

I wrote this profile of yoga teacher, author, advocate and all-around amazing human being Matthew Sanford in 2009 for what is now Caregiving in America magazine. Matthew’s profoundly inspiring story is a must-read for anyone who has faced or is facing significant obstacles in life. In other words, it’s for everyone.


Matthew Sanford

Matthew Sanford

Matthew Sanford is an unstoppable force of nature, teaching, preaching, and reaching out to caregivers everywhere, urging them to wake up to the transformative power of the mind-body connection. “I’m working for a healthcare system, a rehabilitation process, where patients leave more connected with their body rather than less,” says Matthew, who lives in Orono with his wife and eight-year-old son.

Matthew is the author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, which recounts his recovery from a devastating car crash and his path back to wholeness through the practice of yoga. He now teaches weekly yoga classes at Mind Body Solutions Yoga, the Minnetonka studio operated by Mind Body Solutions, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization he founded in 2001. “Our mission,” he says, “is to transform trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body.”

Matthew’s passion for helping others was fueled by (more…)

My Video Interview With ThetaHealer Anke Banderski

April 30, 2011

Anke Banderski

I am happy to present an eighteen-minute video interview with Anke Banderski, the founder of Heart River Healing. Anke is a ThetaHealing practitioner and instructor, a Theta Yoga instructor, a Way of the Heart practitioner and a Passion Map facilitator. Anke, who lives and works in Encinitas, California, also (more…)