96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch Shares Her Wisdom at Wainwright House

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch enthralled a packed audience at Wainwright House in Rye, New York–the oldest holistic center in the United States and the home of the work of personal development pioneer Norman Vincent Peale. As co-author of Tao’s long-awaited autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master (along with my mom journalist Janie Sykes Kennedy), I was delighted to moderate the conversation as I’ve done on numerous other occasions.

In the gorgeous library surrounded by spiritual and positive psychology books, Tao shared stories from her amazing life–from marching with Mahatma Gandhi and helping Jews escape the Nazis during World War II to modeling for top couture designers like Coco Chanel and acting in movies for MGM in Hollywood. Always with a sense of humor and a bit of mischievousness, Tao had the crowd laughing and in awe.

It was fitting to hold this preview event for Tao’s book at Wainwright House given its long history of hosting spiritual leaders. In the 1970s, Tao used this same venue to screen To Light A Candle–a film she produced on her mentor Dr. Welthy Fisher, founder of World Education and Literacy House.

After the usual long line of people to meet Tao and take photos, we (Tao, myself, mom and Joyce Pines) celebrated at La Panetière–one of Tao’s favorite French restaurants in Rye. Thank you to Peggy Hill and Linda Parker for hosting us at Wainwright House, as well as Joanna Rajendran for taking over my camera when I was moderating and capturing such beautiful shots. Check out the pictures below and be sure to share via social media using hashtag #TaoExp and/or #TaoPorchonLynch. You can also comment below using Facebook.

Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch presenting for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch presenting for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy meditating as part of Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy presenting for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy presenting for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy presenting for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Image of 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch in her younger days during World War II with her first husband as part of Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy presenting for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy presenting Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy presenting Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy presenting Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Audience at Conversation with a Master event with 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Joanna Rajendran at Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Joanna Rajendran and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Joanna Rajendran and Danielle Lombardo at Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Joanna Rajendran and Bo Rothschild at Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Joanna Rajendran and Bo Rothschild at Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Joanna Rajendran and Bo Rothschild at Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Bo Rothschild at Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch for Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Joyce Pines and Bo Rothschild at Conversation with a Master event at Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Wainwright House in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Joyce Pines at La Panetière restaurant in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
Flowers outside La Panetière restaurant in Rye, NY–June 16, 2015
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, wellness empowerment coach and international thought leader recognized as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. After a successful 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). A Certified Professional Coach, Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health Counselor, she is called “smart with a heart” and 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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