It's been said that by the time you learn the rules of life, you're too old to play the game.
That's not the case for a 93-year-old woman in New York who was has been crowned the world's oldest yoga teacher by the good folks at Guinness World Records.
Tao Porchon-Lynch has seen and done it all in her life. She's a widow who has outlived all her relatives. While many search high and low for the mystical fountain of youth, Porchon-Lynch spends her days at the Westchester Institute of Yoga, which she created back in 1982.
Despite her elderly status, Porchon-Lynch reportedly teaches an impressive group of about 400 students during her 13 weekly yoga classes all over New York City. In addition, Westchester Magazine says she takes weekly dance lessons, hosts wine lectures, filmed yoga DVDs and even sat on panels with the Dalai Lama to promote world peace.
So how does she do it all despite being long in tooth?
"I don't believe in letting age and broken bones get the better of my life. I believe nothing is impossible," she said.
By the way, Tao, whose roots are in India, turns 94 this August, and she has no plans to stop teaching yoga anytime soon. "My doctor, when he did the hip replacement, said you won't be able to do this, you won't be able to do that. I said I don't want to know what I won't be able to do, because I don't believe it," she said.
She's been teaching professional yoga since Harry S Truman was president of the United States in 1951. Porchon-Lynch tells ITN News she doesn't have a special diet or any special wisdom on the secret to growing old. But she does have plans for the rest of her life.
"I'm going to teach yoga until I can't breathe anymore, then it's gonna carry me to the next planet," she said.
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