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Anti-Aging Inspiration: 91-Year-Old Yoga Instructor, Tao Porchon-Lynch


Yogis in India have known for centuries about the anti-aging benefits of yoga, and now, modern-day researchers are beginning to understand the science behind yoga’s power to effectively reverse the signs of aging.

Research has shown that regular practice of “moving meditations” like yoga and tai chi, can help combat stress, keep your mind sharp, help you sleep better, boost your immune system, improve strength and balance and leave you glowing from the inside out.

How does yoga do all of this? Well, studies have shown that the inner transformation that yoga promotes actually changes the body’s system as a whole, slowing down of the aging process on a biochemical level. Yoga seems to help regulate the endocrine system, which leads to better overall hormonal balance in the body, and the “switching off” of genes that make us age. Yoga helps to reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which has been implicated as a major underlying cause of disease and aging.

A 91-year-old woman by the name of Tao Porchon-Lynch is living proof that a regular yoga practice combined with a positive outlook on life may be key to aging well. This remarkable woman has been practicing yoga for over 60 years, and teaching yoga for over 30. On top of this, she is a competitive ballroom dancer!

After having hip replacement surgery, her doctor warned her that she might not be able move like she used to. However, she didn’t let that stop her! I came across this video clip yesterday, and was amazed and inspired by her energy and zest for life. CNN Money recently featured the incredibly youthful Ms. Porchon-Lynch as part of a piece on America’s oldest workers.

“I’m going to dance and do yoga for as long as I live,” she says. The words, “There is nothing you cannot do” appear at the top of her website.

Watch her in action, and be inspired!

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7 responses to “Anti-Aging Inspiration: 91-Year-Old Yoga Instructor, Tao Porchon-Lynch”

  1. Elyssa says:

    I find this fascinating. I've recently read about reaching the mental and physical state of “blue light” through meditation and yoga, and what's so interesting is not only the effect it has on the brain (which has been seen during MRI scans) but the physical effects it's supposed to have on the body. Tao Porchon-Lynch must be a walking example of what reaching this state can do to the body.

  2. Sasha says:

    So true. And to maximize the anti aging effects, I mix yoga with my own anti aging regimen, namely proper diet and rest, as well as my trusted anti wrinkle cream.

  3. Janice says:

    Yoga is one of the most famous and oldest kind of exercise in the world just like anti aging cream Yoga can prevent aging in a certain way.

  4. Brigitte says:

    Now that's the true symbol of anti aging, her body resistance had maintained a youthful energy because of Yoga another case which proves that natural healing is much better, as for her wrinkles haven't she used an anti aging cream before?

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  7. […] this short interview, the dazzling Tao Porchon-Lynch, who at 93 has practiced and taught yoga for decades, reveals how she stays happy, healthy and […]