97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch Shares Teachings at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas

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January 7, 2016–A perfect 72 degrees and crystal blue water greeted us as we stepped into our own zen paradise at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas on Paradise Island. 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch was invited to this garden of eden to share her wisdom and I joined to assist.

Sivananda provides an immersion into the practices of a yogic lifestyle with a daily schedule of yoga, meditation and philosophical study that starts at 5:30am and ends at 10pm. Located a five-minute boat ride from Nassau, the Ashram shares a pristine beach with the large Atlantas Paradise Island Resort–an interesting juxtaposition of luxurious decadence and spiritual discipline. The daily vegetarian meals at 10am and 6pm were lovingly created by volunteer Karma yogis and simply delightful, particularly the homemade bread. I thought I may detox a bit but that was not happening.

They put us up in a garden room–a quaint cabin with two single beds and private bathroom. As Tao unpacked, she laughingly revealed a carry-on case almost entirely full of high heels making note that she was prepared for Ashram living. That’s a modern yoga master!! Since Tao was scheduled on the program the second evening, we got a chance to explore visiting the Boutique and taking in the beauty of the grounds.

On the evening of the 8th, it seemed like the entire Ashram of 200+ people came out for Satsang. My original yoga training was at Integral Yoga Institute in New York which is the lineage of Swami Satchidananda, a student of Swami Sivananda–so I felt right at home. In the Sivananda tradition, there is meditation and chanting before the main discussion.

Our Conversation with a Master talk was the featured event and as usual Tao set the place abuzz. Here are some pictures from our first 24 hours or so of the trip. 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.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
What a Modern Yoga Master packs… 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch’s high heels for her visit to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
What a Modern Yoga Master packs… 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch’s high heels for her visit to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
Tent at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
Cake at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
Cake at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
Homemade Bread at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
Food at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
Food at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 7, 2016
Boutique at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
Boutique at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master event, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master event, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy moderating Conversation with a Master event with 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master event, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master event, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master event, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master event, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master event, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master event at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Conversation with a Master moderated by Empowerment Coach Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Joan Borysenko at Conversation with a Master event at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Joan Borysenko at Conversation with a Master event at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Joan Borysenko and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Conversation with a Master event at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
Meditation cushions for Satsang at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 2016
Cat enjoying Satsang at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas – January 8, 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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