Yoga – Tao is a Grande Dame of 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 – After WWII, Tao modeled for famous design houses including Jean Dessès, Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Marcel Rochas, Jean Patou and Elsa Schiaparelli. She was also voted “Longest Legs in Europe.”
Theatre/Film – Tao performed in theatre and was under contract with MGM in Hollywood – 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 and educator. She founded and published one of the first three wine appreciation newspapers in the U.S., Beverage Communicator, and was a co-founder of the American Wine Society.
Dance – At age 87, Tao became a competitive ballroom dancer and has since won over 700 First Place Awards with dance partners 70 years her junior.