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!
Article updated on: May 14th, 2010