Smile, breathe deep, live long


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At 97, TAO PORCHON-LYNCH is the world’s oldest yoga teacher.  Here, she talks about how she keeps a body of a 30-year-old.
She says, “In my head I’m still in my 20s.  I don’t feel my age”.  She is a French-Indian Yogi from the US, who is a Guinness World Records-certified Yoga Teacher at 97.  She takes classes every day, even after going through a hip-replacement surgery.  When she is not teaching yoga, Porchon-Lynch gets busy making “fitness videos”.  One of the oldest yoga teachers apart, she has been an actor, couture model and a producer.  In her memoir : Dancing Light : The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, she says, “There is nothing you cannot do”.  The former MGM actress had studied with BKS Iyengar and K Pattabhi Jois.  Here are her lessons from living with yoga for 73 years.
(1) BEING AGELESS : “We can renew ourselves.  I look at the trees and know that even though they are thousands of years old, some of them are reborn every spring”.
(2) YOGA & INDIA : “I started yoga when I was eight years old, on the beaches of Pondicherry.  It shaped me mentally, physically and spiritually”.
(3) LESSONS LEARNT : “Don’t procrastinate.  Whatever you want to do in your life, do it today”.
(4) WAY OF LIFE :  “Don’t look at life as if it was some dreary thing.  Learn to see the wonders of nature —– and know that the wonder of nature lies within you too.  Be constantly on the move, enjoy every experience.  Don’t wake up with fear in your mind”.
(5) SECRET OF A SHARP MIND :  “Tell yourself an know that within you lies the power to do anything.  Don’t just sit there — go out and do it.  Go out and practise what you preach”.
(6) SETBACKS IN LIFE :  “They are a sign that something better is coming along.  If something didn’t work out there’s something that is even better that’s on its way.  I look for the good in everybody and everything around me”.
(7) HAPPINESS IS …… : “All sorts of things make me happy ……. seeing the birds fly or animals around me”.
(8) HEALTHY HABITS : “Eat light, eat slow.  Breathe deep.  Do shoulder stands at night.  It helps with blood circulation.  Eating fruits in the morning cleanses your system”.
TAO’S FOUR RULES TO BEAT EMOTIONAL STRESS
** Don’t everything so seriously —- laugh at the world.
** Tune into your breath.  ** Breathing is life.
**Smile and you will send good energy out and bring good energy to you.
** Practise Yoga.
—————— Nona.Walia@timesgroup.com.
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