A Meeting In Central Park With The Oldest Living Yoga Teacher In The World. ~ Photographed by Robert Sturman

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on May 9, 2012
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She’s a very cool lady.

Something so poignant occurred—she thanked me. This light filled 93-year-old, beautiful, intelligent, sharp, woman, thanked me (three times) for being patient with her while she got into her poses and we made art together.

Where do I have to be? What do I have to do? Who am I not to be patient?


Master Tao Porchon Lynch, a 93-year-old yoga master, ballroom dancer, oenophile (lover of wine) and former actress and model will be inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest living yoga teacher—this Sunday, May 13, Mother’s Day. Inspiration beyond comprehension.




Patience—the gift that gives so much back.

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, 
‘You owe me.’
Look what happens with love like that. 
It lights up the sky.” 
~ Hafiz


Have a sweet Mother’s Day.


~ You can learn a lot more about Master Tao here ~

~ Follow Sturman’s Art journey here ~

~ For more of Robert Sturman’s photo series of various wonderful yoga teachers (plus, a few videos in the mix).

93 and lookin' good










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137 Responses to “A Meeting In Central Park With The Oldest Living Yoga Teacher In The World. ~ Photographed by Robert Sturman”

  1. […] In presenting the two opposite experiences – I think this story for me, is a story of hope. I was so sad for my mom and so unhappy with the medical system she was beholden to at the end of her life. I will always think of this 98 year old Reiki practitioner in Iceland who takes care of herself in the most gentle, holistic, non-invasive, nourishing manner every day. I feel the same about this 93 year old master yogi ~ Tao Porchon Lynch. […]

  2. Nima says:

    There is no doubt she is an inspiration. However, as a few have already mentioned, BKS Iyengar is first in line of going into Guinness Book. Not only he’s still teaching, he continues to evolve modern yoga. Namaste.

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    Wouldn't it be sweet to see the two of them meet?! Beautiful ladies! Thank you.

  6. Sati Rose says:

    Nice images… but I would be careful when you use marketing to misrepresent your pictures. There are certainly OLDER YOGIS in India and probably other places. If you want to say a 93 year old yogi that is fine but there are Yogis that are over a hundred and some even older than that in seclusion.

  7. […] has taught me the meaning of living an inspired full life. She is the ultimate yogini at […]

  8. […] made time for the practice became long and lean. Or, how the yogis I came into contact with had a peacefulness about […]

  9. Pony says:

    She is magnificent. Thank you for sharing her beauty with us.

  10. joan taylor says:

    Fantastic I wish I could download "Life will break you" to show to combat vets suffering with PTSD. Thank you so much, a of croare "oldest yoga teacher, s an inspiration to all my students, including myself, 65 yo is a teenager….

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  12. models Dubai says:

    I think very difficult to take out these posing manner in old age & i not believe this posing are original.Anyway you take out a good shots & this is only a yoga master in the old years.

  13. Jyoti Hansa says:

    My Guru, BKS Iyengar, world known author of LIGHT ON YOGA, LIGHT ON PRANAYAMA, LIGHT ON THE YOGA SUTRAS and many other remarkable books is a practicing yogi and master teacher turned 94 on December 14th. His birthday was celebrated by many in Pune, India where he resides and during travels to his birthplace in Bellur.

  14. Sarah says:

    Wow… amazing! My Guru always remind me and all of His students that age is not a barrier. Good to see this beautiful lady proving the point.

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  17. Karen says:

    Mother has just shown us that there is no excuse! If she can be like that at the age of 93, we have to try our best also!

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  29. Allison says:

    Very beautiful and lovely pictures. How does Tao Porchon Lynch still can do that !! it's amazing
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  30. Damn that dress is beautifull

  31. Ed Freeman says:

    One more reason (and do we ever need them!) not to lose faith in the human race…

  32. Kat says:

    She is awesome and beautiful

  33. LOIS says:

    She look young she must have live a good .i love that red dress I thank I will try yoga .

  34. mary says:

    Every time I see this I am inspired especially when, at 53 yrs old, I get discouraged. This brings me back to life and I realize I can do this!! Thank you