Graceful Living: An Interview with Tao Porchon-Lynch

by Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS on August 19, 2013

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Today I have a special Motivational Monday for you and if you are curious about what you can do to live a long, healthy life and look beautiful in the process, you will not want to miss today’s video.

Tao Porchon-Lynch is a world famous yoga teacher, ballroom dancer, peace activist and oenophile. At 94 years young, she still teaches regular weekly Yoga classes and regularly competes in ballroom dancing event, snagging first place as often as she competes.

Tao is an inspiration! And today, she is going to share with her thoughts on diet, the importance of the breath, how nature teaches us to live and how to banish fear. She also shares stories about her exciting life, including the time she met Gandhi!

Tao also shares with us her take on world peace and how each of us individually can help transform international policy, as well as her surprising take on drinking water.

Tao has a lot to say, so this interview is a little longer than most of my MM videos, but it is worth it! Also, towards the end, Tao is going to share with you one practice that can help eliminate negativity and bring about a feeling of oneness.

I look forward to your comments, and I know Tao will be eager to read them too!

Have a great Monday!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Charlotte August 27, 2013 at 8:47 am

I so enjoyed that video and was truly inspired by it.
I also enjoyed the guitar music at the end and was wondering who was performing it.


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 29, 2013 at 6:37 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed it Charlotte! She is a terrific lady and one we could all learn so much from! Thank you for your comment~


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 29, 2013 at 6:38 am

Oh, and I don’t know who the guitarist is, but I can have my web designer comment if she knows…..


Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW August 20, 2013 at 8:03 am

Wonderful interview, Barbara! Thank you so much for sharing Tao with us. What an amazing and inspiring woman – and that is a wonderful practice she shares towards the end.


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Thanks Catherine! I think she’s amazing too!
Hope all is well!


Jorge Mendez August 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

What an uplifting interview! She is simply amazing. So many experiences. So much knowledge. She is truly someone to be admired.
By the way, the interview was great and you look beautiful, (and I am not being partial in any way).

Your father


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

She is amazing! And it was a privilege to interview her~ So much we can learn from someone like that, particularly her views on fear~
Love you!


Jasmin Kanter August 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Wow what an incredible lady. A true inspiration to us all!


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 25, 2013 at 5:41 am

She really is something else! Thanks Jasmin!


Rhio August 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

Beautiful interview Barbara!!
Just one discordant note when she mentioned the microwave oven… but probably her positive and uplifting mindset is overcoming any negatives that may come from that…
Charming lady…
You look great Barbara…



Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 19, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Thanks Rhio! I kind of winced a little when she mentioned the microwave but she doesn’t seem worse for it. Mostly ,it sounds like the juicing was the thing to make the most difference :)
Hope all is well with you!


Rose August 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

Thanks so much for sharing Tao’s interview with us Barbara. She is truly an inspiration and her passion for living life to its fullest is contagious. I loved when she said there is so much to do and so little time. I am amazed that for someone who is so accomplished, she yet has more to do. I will try the breathing practice as I agree with Tao if we all just incorporate everyday, can really help so much with stress and balance.


Jasmin Kanter August 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I too found thought that was great. So much to do, so little time!


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I agree, Rose! She simply does not stop!! And I love that about her and aspire to be the same one day….


Jill August 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

Thank you for this beautiful piece. I really enjoyed hearing Tao speak. A great interview.


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Thanks Jill!!


jane Gatanis August 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

Hi Barbara,
What a woman!
and no procrastination, no fear…
quite an inspiration on a Monday morning.
thank you!


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

If I could overcome procrastination, I swear it would all be better!! :)

She is an amazing lady and it was an honor to meet her~
Thanks for sharing your comment!


Irene August 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

What an inspiration! My mother is 93 and her mind is sharp but she can barely walk because she stopped being physically active several years ago. It’s our reminder – NEVER STOP. The only concern is that Tao has broken many bones and I wonder if she is deficient in calcium.


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS August 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm

So true, Irene….we can not stop! Must keep dancing, and in Tao’s case, that is literal!

As for calcium, my thoughts were more about her vitamin D. She juices a lot and likely gets a lot of calcium from her greens, but the vitamin D is impossible to get from fruits and veggies…. but she manages ok, so it seems :)

Thanks for your comment!


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