97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch Shares Teachings and Insights At Exclusive Core Club in NY

July 20, 2016–Early on Wednesday morning a group of New York’s change agents and elite came out to see 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the prestigious CORE: Club on East 55th Street in partnership with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) organization led by Wendy Diamond.

In addition to the regular breakfast series Wendy hosts, we thought that a short yoga class with Tao would be a treat to give people a taste of her teachings. We envisioned a few people showing up, particularly since this crowd is usually in the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard or somewhere else on vacation at this point in the summer. Much to our surprise, people came with mats in hand to fill the room at 7:30am. Tao got right to it twisting us into various poses and talking about “the breath of life.” It was a great way to start the day!

After practice, which everyone agreed could have gone on for another hour, breakfast was served and others joined to hear stories from Tao’s incredible life–from marching with Mahatma Gandhi and helping Jews escape the Nazis in World War II under General Charles de Gaulle to spending time with Ernest Hemingway and becoming close friends with Marlene Dietrich. ABC News called Tao the “Real-Life Forrest Gump” since she participated in so many historic events and knew a plethora of notables.

I was delighted to moderate the conversation alongside Wendy. Tao and I have been doing Conversation with a Master events around the world in places like Dubai, Slovenia, Montenegro and the Bahamas, as well as across America from the Harvard Business School Club of New York and White Plains Library where her Dancing Light book is displayed, to yoga studios such as Mark Blanchard’s Yoga Kansas City and Yogaview in Chicago, UrbanYoga Phoenix.

After the line to greet Tao subsided, we went to the beautiful CORE restaurant for breakfast and got to witness some of the incredible art. Bloomberg describes the CORE: Club as “the New York Social club where deals are done and luxury is served up daily.” The New York Times calls it “a portal to power.” CNBC explains, “In New York City, many of the 1 percent go to the Core Club, a private club that counts A-list billionaires, tech CEOs and hedge fund managers as members.” In addition to an impressive multi-million dollar art collection and a host of luxurious amenities, CORE prides itself on its cultural programming “fostering shared transformative experiences.” Tao certainly fit that bill!

Below are pictures from the event. Many thanks to Wendy Diamond for hosting, as well as to fellow Young Global Leaders Dina Shoman and Mark Vlasic for additional photos. 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.

97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Class with 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Class with 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond in Conversation with 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch event at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy moderating Tao Porchon-Lynch event at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy moderating event with 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Wendy Diamond at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy moderating Tao Porchon-Lynch event with Wendy Diamond at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Cindy Pace and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Cindy Pace and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond and others at Tao Porchon-Lynch event at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond and others at Tao Porchon-Lynch event at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond at Tao Porchon-Lynch event at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Tao Porchon-Lynch event at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
Wendy Diamond, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch event at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016

Additional pictures from GettyImages (click to their site for larger version):

97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch teaching yoga at Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch teaching yoga at Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and yoga class at Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and President of Power Living Media Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and President of Power Living Media Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and yoga class at Core Club in New York – July 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at Core Club in New York – July 20, 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.

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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