Millions across the globe have been inspired by historical icon 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.
On August 13, 2018, Tao turned 100 years old and birthday messages came in from around the world.
Tao Porchon-Lynch has received the prestigious Padma Shri Award for her distinguished service from Government of India!!
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 Devi, B.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.