97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Mother-Daughter Writing Team in Chicago to Receive 2016 IPPY Award

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May 10, 2016– 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch can add another accolade to her name, “award-winning author,” demonstrating once again that it is never too late to realize your dreams. She graced the windy city of Chicago to receive a 2016 IPPY Award for her book, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. It tied for a Silver Medal in the Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/Family Legacy/Travel) National Category for the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Read original press release. The ceremony took place on the 99th floor Skydeck of the Willis Tower. As a co-author I was honored to join Tao along with my mother, Columbia University-trained journalist Janie Sykes Kennedy. We came together as three generations of women to tell the story of one incredible woman.

The IPPY Awards were launched in 1996 and are conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, offering an alternative to “the big five” conglomerated media publishers. Gold, silver and bronze IPPY medallions were awarded in 80 national, 22 regional, and ten e-book categories. This year’s contest drew nearly 5,000 entries, with winning medalists in 42 U.S. states plus DC, six Canadian provinces, and nine countries overseas. Below are some pictures from the evening. Click on each image to make it larger. You can Like and Share each image, as well as spread the light by sharing this link and these hashtags: #ThisIs97 #TaoExp #TaoPorchonLynch.

99th Floor Skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
View from the Skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
View from the Skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
View from the Skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Jim Barnes hosting the IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Youngest Medal Winner 9-year-old Trisha Rao at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Don Elgin at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Dancing Light Medal Winner at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Mother-Daughter Medal Winners Janie Sykes Kennedy and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Medal Winners including 97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Medal Winners Sherrie Lovler and 97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Jim Barnes and 9-year-old Trisha Rao at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
The oldest and youngest medal winners 97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch and 9-year-old Trisha Rao at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
The oldest and youngest medal winners 97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch and 9-year-old Trisha Rao at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Medal Winners Sumana Rao, Trisha Rao and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Medal Winners M. Paloma Pavel, Trisha Rao and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
Mother-Daughter Medal Winners Janie Sykes Kennedy and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at IPPY Award ceremony, Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016
IPPY Medals for Dancing Light and 97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Janie Sykes Kennedy and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy – May 10, 2016
Program for 20th Annual IPPY Awards held May 10, 2016 in Chicago
Nightfall View from the Skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago – May 10, 2016

Can you keep up with Tao? Be sure to leave your comments and spread the light by sharing this link and these hashtags: #ThisIs97 #TaoExp #TaoPorchonLynch. If you haven’t already, order Tao’s long-awaited autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master.

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Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy of www.IAmPowerLiving.com and www.PowerLivingMedia.com. President of Power Living Enterprises, Inc., Terri is a Harvard Business School-trained Strategist, Certified Meditation & Yoga Teacher, and Master Coach recognized as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. She specializes in helping people de-stress and realize authentic success. After a corporate media & technology career, she founded the first yoga studio in Harlem and served six years on the Board of Yoga Alliance (including Chair and interim CEO). Called “smart with a heart,” she has been featured in media around the world including Oprah’s book, Live Your Best Life! Along with her mother, Columbia University-trained journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy, Terri is a co-author of Tao’s autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. A sought-after speaker and avid photographer/videographer with a love for storytelling, she often travels with Tao moderating conversations on her life, assisting in yoga workshops and documenting their experiences.
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