Dancing Light Wins 2016 IPPY Award and 2016 International Book Awards in THREE Categories

An inspirational story that is a must-read for every yogi, history lover and spiritual seeker. Makes a great gift!! Purchase here.

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The Incredible Tao Porchon-Lynch

Millions across the globe have been inspired by 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch–World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, ballroom dancer, and yoga master. Named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records in 2012, Tao exemplifies her mantra: There Is Nothing You Cannot Do.

Tao’s new book, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, is an inspirational autobiography that shows us what is possible–that we each can live to our Highest Potential by inhaling life, exhaling strife and dancing to our own rhythm. Come take an adventure through 20th century history, witness fearlessness in action and be inspired to craft a mindful and fulfilled “Tao-like” life.  Find out more…

Be fascinated by her story and learn from her wisdom. This ABC News piece captures Tao’s awesomeness beautifully. Be sure to buy an Autographed Hardcover edition of Dancing Light!
Tao is a very special woman and I’ve had the honor of both teaching for and with her, and have had her teachings… The people of the younger generations really have to look at a person like Tao who has weathered so much in her life and has come out the other side of her life still completely pure of Love and Laughter and Light.
Rodney Yee, Acclaimed Yoga Teacher
I want to BE Tao! What she has done, who she is and the light that’s in her eyes… When you say hello to her, she is just so full of Light and Love and mischievousness… I just think she is an inspiration for women and all of mankind.
Colleen Saidman, Acclaimed Yoga Teacher
One of the most acclaimed yoga teachers of our century, Tao Porchon-Lynch at 96 years is a mentor to me who embodies the spirit of yoga and is an example of Ageless Body Timeless Mind. Like yoga, she teaches us to let go and to have exquisite awareness in every moment.
Dr. Deepak Chopra, Prominent Alternative Medicine Advocate
When I look at her life, I think, “How can one person do it all?” and she says everyone can do it as long as you can harness the power within you!
Sushmita Sen, Former Miss Universe and Indian Film Actress
Through her mastery of Yoga and the body mind spirit connection, Tao helps us unbind the limits of our human condition in a most gentle and spirit filled way. She is a gift to us all. This book captures her magic.
Agapi Stassinopoulos, Author of Unbinding the Heart
All you have to do is be in Tao Porchon Lynch’s presence to feel the energy of her spirit and the wisdom in her eyes. To have a book which allows us to enter this amazing woman’s life is a gift to us all. She is a living example of how we can all learn to live life to the fullest and to truly live from the heart- mind, body, spirit and soul. She is a precious commodity and we are so lucky to understand who she is and how she became that way!
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Cardiologist, TV Host and Author of Heart Book
Tao has been a role model to all of us who have been practicing yoga since the early 70’s. She is a brilliant example of the health and well being that can come with a lifetime of yoga practices. Her grace, compassion, service to the yoga community, and zest for life have inspired me for years, as well as thousands of young souls just stepping on to the yoga path.
Beryl Bender Birch, Founder, The Hard & Soft Yoga Institute
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Experience Tao in New Hampshire June 3-5 teaching yoga at Keene Yoga Center…

Tao’s Blog…

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Tao Receives Honor from Wainwright House

May 19, 2016--It was a perfect day for the Spring Luncheon at the beautiful Wainwright House in Rye, New York. 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch was one of the honorees for their annual fundraising event and I was delighted to accompany her. Wainwright House is the oldest non-profit, non-sectarian holistic learning center in the United States.

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Tao Porchon-Lynch in Chicago: Day 3

May 12, 2016-- Our schedule in Chicago was packed! On Tao's last day (I stayed for BookExpo America), we had our popular Conversation with a Master event at Yogaview Chicago. It's a multimedia experience which I moderated as usual. It was delightful to have my mother there--journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy and co-author of Tao's autobiography Dancing Light.

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Tao Porchon-Lynch in Chicago: Day 2B

May 11, 2016-- After the autographing session at BookExpo America, we battled the rush hour traffic to get to Yogaview Chicago where 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch taught a yoga class. We had a good crowd even though we posted it last minute. Thank you to Cathy Beres for coordinating it and Lisa Pickert at Yogaview for being such a good host.

  • Yoga – In addition to growing up around spiritual giants such as Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi, Tao’s teachers are the Who’s Who of the Yoga World from Swami Prahhavananda and The Maharishi to Indra DeviB.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois.

  • Activism – In addition to marching with Gandhi (twice), Tao worked in the French Resistance under General Charles de Gaulle helping Jews escape the Nazis, and later trained over 2,000 American WACs (Women’s Auxiliary Corps) to entertain U.S. troops.

  • Fashion – Tao modeled for famous design houses including Jean Dessès, Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Marcel Rochas, Jean Patou and Elsa Schiaparelli. She was voted “Longest Legs in Europe.”

  • Theatre/Film – Tao performed in theatre and was under contract with MGM – in films with icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Bob Hope. She also wrote and produced, and was early in international film distribution.

  • Wine – Tao is a wine connoisseur. She published Beverage Communicator – one of the first three wine appreciation newspapers in the U.S. – and was a co-founder of the American Wine Society.

  • Dance – At age 87, Tao became a ballroom dancer and has won over 700 First Place Awards with dance partners 70 years her junior.

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