Athleisure and sportswear brand Athleta has always embraced the power of women. Last year, their “Power of She” campaign encouraged the strength and capabilities of women as a team, and individually inspired women to realize their limitless potential. Now the campaign is back with a new star: 98 year old yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch.
Porchon-Lynch picked up yoga when she was a young girl in India. At 8 years old, she noticed the local boys were practicing poses, so she asked her aunt what game it was they were playing. Her aunt informed her that it was in fact yoga, but that she couldn’t partake because it was unladylike. Thankfully for us, Porchon-Lynch didn’t listen. She’s been teaching it for 45 years.
“World’s oldest yogi” isn’t the only thing on Porchon-Lynch’s resume. You can add couture model, actress and film producer to her list of accomplishments. Oh, and she also marched with Mahatma Gandhi (twice) and was a French Resistance fighter who helped people escape the Nazis during World War II.
And after three hip replacements, she won’t be stopping anytime soon. “Aside from yoga, I love to be as active as possible. I do ballroom dancing when I’m not teaching yoga…I credit my active life, enjoying little luxuries I love, as well as my mindset, for my energy and happiness. What you put in your mind materializes, and I don’t put age and decay in my mind. I always look for the good and my next adventure,” she tells Shape.
Porchon-Lynch is definitely a staunch believer in the power of positivity and self-love. “It’s important to love your body and work with it. Highlight your strengths.” It’s probably not too difficult to love your body when your strengths include being a solid ballroom dancer and accomplished yogi, but it’s definitely advice this world could use more of.