The World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher Turns 95 Today.

{Tao Porchon-Lynch / Photo: Robert Sturman}
“Yoga is a dance within…and then something inside you grows so big, it spills out like champagne, that’s when you dance on the outside.” ~ Tao Porchon-Lynch
Master Tao Porchon-Lynch is a yoga master, ballroom dancer, oenophile (lover of wine) former actress, and, without a doubt, my favorite model/person/woman/yogi in the whole world.

Tao surprised me last year and showed up for a shoot in a gorgeous red dress in New York City’s Central Park, shortly before she officially entered the Guinness Book of World Records, as the oldest living yoga teacher.

The following 16 images are from three separate shoots over the last year and a half. Each time, Tao wore a different color.

She is turning 95 today, August 13. And I just wanted to wish her a Happy Birthday and show her off to you.

I could go on and on about what an inspiring, bright & joyful human being she is, but my job is to tell peoples stories with images. And so, here’s a few from our last three shoots, all taking place at different locations around New England.

Enjoy!

The Red Shoot

 

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“Nothing is Impossible” ~ Tao’s words after coming out of this pose (reminder: 93 years old)

The Blue Shoot

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Tao with her dance partner, Hayk Balasanyan

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“Autumn is a reminder that while the leaves die and fall,  there will always be Spring, a chance to replenish and be reborn again. We all have the opportunity to replenish ourselves, to be reborn.”
~ Tao at 94.

 

The Green Shoot

 

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“I never say goodbye, I say, “au-revoir.”  Goodbye is so final. Au-revoir means I will see you again.” ~ Tao Porchon-Lynch

 

I’m seeing Tao in October for another autumn foliage shoot.

Any color suggestions for her?

 

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A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of Marin County's San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere. In Sturman's own words, "I often think of Rumi's words, 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me." Sturman's honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2007 United States Olympics. In 2012 and 2013, Sturman was the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world. You can find out more about Robert’s work at his online studio and connect with him via Facebook and Twitter.

312 Comments

  • Jean Burman commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Yellow! Definitely yellow! Wonderful shoot Robert… and what a wonderful woman she is. Happy Birthday Tao… may you have many many more such happy days as this :D)))
    • Alcid Gosselin commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
      …any pastel color with her hair done in a casual upsweep would bring out this gentle soul that inspires and transforms the human spirit morphing into the beautiful butterfly angel that I vision Tao to be. Happy Birthday Tao Alcid
    • Ann commented on August 18, 2013 Reply
      Yup, my first thought was YELLOW!! Because she just makes me so happy
      • brenda commented on August 25, 2013 Reply
        orange! Vibrant orange!
    • Pearlis Timmerman Ballentine commented on August 22, 2013 Reply
      My first thought was Yellow, a primary color, with purple accents.
  • Colin Wiseman commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    That is a fantastic woman!
  • Brian Matterson commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    If am ever that old, I want to be that cool.
    • nievesrosillo commented on August 31, 2013 Reply
      You meant, if you ever get to be her age and that young, right Brian, ;-)
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    James Abro commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Excellent photos & presentation. Autumn in NY? How fitting. Central Park is a tapestry of vivid colors in October, so something neutral like black or beige. I’d like to stop in the park , watch, and say hello, if possible?
  • Ali commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao!! I love these photos taken by Robert Sturman, you are such an inspiration xx
  • Ruth commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao! You are an inspiration to me, in my infant yogic journey :-) I am hopeful that I will be as joyful, expansive and beautifully soft as you are in my 90’s… My 93 year old Grandad (who has never done yoga before) joined me and my family in the garden on Sunday for some yoga and amazed me with his strength and flexibility. Maybe I will be gifted with some of his genes!? Love from Sweden, Ruth xxx
  • nadia commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    wow…this is inspiring ….Happy Birthday Tao!
  • Marji commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    What an incredibly beautiful beautiful beautiful woman!!!! I could not help but feel my heart expand as I read about her and look at the photos, which absolutely captured joy radiating out of this lovely person!!! As far as color suggestions for her autumn shoot, I say ~ all of ’em! How about the colors of a rainbow? Thank you so much for sharing these lovely pictures and her beautiful story and energy with us. What a wonderful way to start my day!!! In gratitude, Marji
  • Steve del Vecchio commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    I was thinking chartreuse. Tao you are a great inspiration.
  • Janet Warnock MacFarlane commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, Tao! Your joy and beauty are inspiring! (I like purple)
  • wisetrout commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful photos of a beautiful lady. Enjoy the day.
  • shanti goble commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    ORANGE ….. A wonderful Fall color and a traditional yogic color . . . .
    • Renée commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
      Yes, orange!!
    • Vivian Mandala commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
      I agree Orange, possibly with a deep yellow accent
    • Lisa Jane commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
      Orange was my first thought, too! Especially for an Autumn shoot. Namaste
      • Mugzie commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
        I completely agree with those who say orange, especially with it being an Autumn shoot. Happy birthday, Tao, and Namaste.
        • Jan Morrison commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
          oh orange definitely! What a vibrant woman! Full of chi and mystery!
    • Tori commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
      Orange was my first instinct too!! Such a beautiful woman!
      • Katherine commented on August 18, 2013 Reply
        For an Autumn shoot, definitely orange….with a long purple sash!
    • Martha commented on September 12, 2013 Reply
      Yes, beautiful orange to accompany her beautiful soul.
  • Elizabeth Ann Huffman commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Purple!
    • Tracy Mackay commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
      Purple indeed! Purple is the color of royalty, and she is so very regal and beautiful.
      • Lisa commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
        Purple, that’s my vote, it’s royal for such an inspiring goddess!! Happy Birthday Tao! Thank you for being such an inspiration.
        • newxonearth commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
          Yes, Purple to express her true royalty in inspiring humanity with her dedication, beauty and heart. Happy (now late) Birthday Tao – may you have many, many, more :)
          • Rachel commented on August 17, 2013
            Purple, for sure, (lavender too…)
      • Michele Hay commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
        Oh yes she should be gorgeous in a warm vibrant purple. Happy birthday Madame and long life to you.You are a model .
    • Janet R. Chamberlain commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
      Agreed!
    • Kash commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
      Absolutely purple! This woman is gorgeous and vibrant, she embodies regal poise and exhudes light, I’d love to see her in the color of the crown chakra!
  • Suzan Monell commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    You are a true inspiration! Happy birthday…go PURPLE!
  • Candy Barr commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Definitely a jewel tone purple. What a beautiful spirit! Happy Birthday.
  • Scot commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Apricot, vermillion and sage. Happy birthday, Tao. You are lovely beyond measure!!
  • Reia commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday to Tao! I have seen these pictures before and have loved them ever since. When I turn 95, I’m going to wear a red dress. Best Wishes today and every day.
  • Sue commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAO! Your Happiness radiates! Grateful for your Life. May you receive above and beyond what you have given to others. I’m loving these wonderful painterly images. Thank you Robert.
  • Juli Culbusky commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday Tao! Blessings and grace to you! You have gotten me through the hardest times, Purple and Sage would be lovely for your next adventure..Love to you, you are my inspiration!!
  • Chris commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    What an awesome celebration of life. Thank you for sharing.
  • 7elizabeth commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful! Tao, you are a rainbow, Warm Wishes today and onwards! :)
  • Vanessa Skym commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Feliz Cumpleanos Tao! ~ You’re amazing in any color ~ I’d love to see you in Maize ~ I’m sure you’d be A’maiz’ing in it!! Keep on ‘keepin’ on ~ you’re a beautiful spirit, your soul shines brightly! Namaste ~ Vanessa Skym
  • Andrea Francione Savoy commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Bellisima! Happy Birthday you awesome darling! As a fellow Leo, the best color for the next autumn shoot is ORANGE! You’re a true inspiration to us all…thanks for sharing your energy & joy! <3
  • Marilyn commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, Tao! Best Wishes to you! I think something in the orange or purple range would be lovely…
  • anne mckee commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    MANY happiest RETURNS of your Birth-day, Tao! And Robert, thank you for sharing! I’d vote for a royal purple for this next set! Or a deep cranberry.
  • krislyndillard commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Purple! A deep jewel tone. :) Tao is so awesome! I hope I am still teaching and doing at her age and look half so good. :)
  • Eleni Johnson commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Purple or violet or some type of variation of purple – she seems like she radiates the kind of joy that purple radiates –
  • Rue commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao! you look so beautiful, inside and out. You’re shine and glow is just captivating. Your energy, just form the photos is contagious. I hope to capture some of your inner peace and happiness one day.
  • Carin commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday, Tao! You are beautiful, and inspiring! Since Tao seems to like, and look so radiant, in jewel tones, my suggestion would be for a lovely amethyst (purple) next time.
  • transformhealth commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao. I saw a photo of you a few years ago and was so inspired by what is possible for our bodies. Thank you for the path to keep myself strong and flexible no matter what age. As for the colour you could wear on the next shoot? I can see purple, magenta or turquoise. Something contrasting to the fall colours and very alive on you.
  • Terry commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    God has surely blessed this beautiful woman – Happy Happy Birthday and may God continue to richly bless you. As for color – any color would look wonderful on this very special lady!
  • Zsuzsanna commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    wow. just wow. happy birthday! I love yoga so much – I hope I can reach a level where I can be just as cool as she is.
  • Tamara A. Cameron commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, Tao! You are an INSPIRATION!
  • Margie commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Orange!!! She would look lovely among the fall foliage… Wishing her a Happy Birthday and a most heartfelt Namaste
  • Janet Belden commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Purple would be a nice compliment to the fall foliage.
  • blackrabbit commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
  • Heather Smedley commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful deep burnt orange!!
  • FİGEN commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Wish you a happy and healty birthday …
  • Linda Maynard commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    You are a visual lesson on life! Happy Birthday Tao!
  • jodi commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    inspired! loving life no matter what # we are! xoxo happy b day ~jodi
  • Nicole Fournier commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Yellow definitely Tao!! Because you warm us up and show us the light just like the sun! Happy birthday and many more to come. What an inspiration you are that our life is what we make of it. Thank you.Thank you.
  • Kristine commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    3 Words…..Beautiful, Inspirational, Awesome
  • Trina commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday..i want to look that amazing at your age..very pretty photos..
  • Felicia Brown commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    You are a testimony to beauty at any age:-) I see you in purple for the next shoot.
  • Ana Julia commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Awesome! …Purple, please.
  • Bryanna F. commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Where does she teach?! I’d love to take one of her classes!
  • Cristie Gardner commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    What an inspiration! Happy Birthday :)
  • Monica Bessette commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    thank you for sharing Robert.I can only hope to be like Tao as I get older, and Tao…have a wonderful Birthday!
  • Monica Bessette commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    oh I forgot…soft peach or buttery yellow would compliment her coloring..but the red, was the best so far.. ;-)
  • mariapaola commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Orange!!! Happy Birthday to a beautiful and inspiring woman!!!
  • brukty commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Purple it is! What an amazing person!
  • Liana Ponce commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao and many more you are beautiful!
  • Kirpa Carolina commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Fuschia! I love you Tao. Thank you for the inspiration.xoxoxo
  • AbbyS commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Recently found my love for yoga so a friend shared this with me and so glad she did! You are such an inspiration! Happy Happy Birthday to you! Try turquoise next.
  • Gloria commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao! Amazing! Wow! I vote for Orange or Apple Green! Keep on . . . keeping on.
  • carol commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao!!!! Namaste……and oh, Purple!!!!!
  • Alyssa Vaughn commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday… Orange :-) Or a classic implied nude shoot would be amazing.
  • Cannas Régine commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, for you, you are an inspiration, for me and for everybody…. for the colour, why not “white and silver” Namaste et aurevoir belle dame!! :)
  • melissa commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    yellow. for the vibrancy of life among the trees that are going to sleep.
  • avengefulangel commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Purple! What a vibrant woman!
  • kim bice commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Dark Purple!
  • Wanda Shields commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Purple or lavendar
  • MejiaMamma commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    purple was the first color to come to my mind!!
  • Jeet
    Jeet commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday, Tao! :-)
  • Luisa A. Igloria commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Namaste. Maligayang bati!!!
  • Frank Ralbovsky commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Angel white would be beautiful.. It would include all the colors of the rainbow and all chakras. I am so inspired by Tao and the photos capturing her inner and outer beauty.
  • Debra Mousetis Staup commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    A Most Blessed Birthday and Wishing Many More for You, Tao!!! You are an inspiration!!! As for other color suggestions, I believe a vibrant orange or a jeweled purple would be enchanting on you:) Until later, Peace and Joy:):):)
  • Mardell Jasnowski commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Cheers to you Tao!!
  • Jo commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Congrats to a wonderful woman. Any color as long as it is white.
  • Tracie commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Purle or Gold! A very blessed birthday Tao <3
  • cjb commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    I beta radiant orange would be beautiful. Just like her smile!
  • Mary commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Pure white for her pure beauty.
  • Debbie commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao. You are amazing inside and out!!! Gold color
  • Bobbie Drake commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday beautiful lady. You are an inspiration! I love all of your photos and now I want to buy a beautiful red dress! Celebrate!
  • marlyyoumans commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Topaz! And a very happy birthday to a jewel of a woman…
  • Evelyn commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    White…like an ANGEL! Happy Birthday!!!
  • Kristin commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    beautiful and inspiring! thank you for sharing with the world :)
  • claudia brown commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao!! check out yoga in yelapa…you may want to visit us here sometime! love seeing your beautiful photo shoot…i am thinking Fuschia!
  • Britt Bjørgård commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday Tao. In gratitude for your inspiration.
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    Eva Hargis Happy birthday Tao and thank you for your inspiration. I am turning 56 in October and I feel differently regarding my fitness and yoga practice than I did (of course) even in my 40’s and start to feel sorry for myself, but then I see you all elegant and strong and realize that could be me too one day. (plus I guess I am still a baby!) Rock on! Like · Reply · 1 · 7 hours ago via mobile

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    Lisa Ferry What an inspiration – this is a truly beautiful woman. How I would love to meet her! Happiest of birthdays today! Like · Reply · 8 hours ago via mobile

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    Donna Ng Happy birthday, Tao! You spread so much light and happiness through the world through these images of joy and strength. Thank you. Like · Reply · 8 hours ago via mobile

    Lisa Molino Lovely! She radiates beauty and yes, I love the ones with the young man too. She is so flirtatious! I adore the sparkle in her eyes in all of them, but especially those with him and the last one. Like · Reply · 8 hours ago via mobile

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    Dina Kennedy wow. Wow, wow, wow! How beautiful and what an inspiration! I vote for GOLD next time! Like · Reply · 1 · 8 hours ago

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    Connie Allen Pease I have her picture on my refrigerator . She is amazing !! Hope to be teaching in my 90’s. and drinking wine too :)) Happy Birthday beautiful yogi !! Like · Reply · about an hour ago via mobile

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    Tiara Parafiniuk I am so inspired by this beautiful being! Lovely photos indeed:) Thank you! Like · Reply · 2 hours ago

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    Heidi Wallace You are an inspiration, I will be 54 in September and have only been doing Yoga for 2 years. Sometimes I think it’s too late but I love the way I feel when I do Yoga, so I’m going to continue learning. Happy Birthday and Namaste! Like · Reply · 3 hours ago via mobile

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    Lin Ostler Good on ya, friend! I’m turning 67 this week and still maintain 12 yoga classes a week. Been sharing/guiding Yoga for over 40 years o n g o i n g. In 30 years, I’ll be the new you! {Inshallah} Like · Reply · 6 hours ago

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    Rita Theis Happy Birthday, Tao.Keep ballroom dancing and teaching yoga. You’re beautiful and awesome. A real inspiration to everyone! Like · Reply · 7 hours ago

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    Marcia Salmond Tao I wish you the greatest year of your life.You have shown me I can still move thank you for this gift.I too believe anything is possible.You are as wonderous as the trees as free as the wind and as joyful as the birds.Thank you for the hope you inspire.Love Marsh about an hour ago via mobile · Like

    Dea DeMarco I’m inspired. Moved to tears. So beautiful. about an hour ago · Like

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    Linda Martin Toncrey Koewers Happy Day!!! You are such an inspiration!! I hope to be an active yogi for the rest of my life, too!


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TAO, FROM ALL THE REBELLE SOCIETY TEAM! THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR JOY AND INSPIRING US TO CELEBRATE LIFE.
  • Kathy commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao!..What an inspiration! Many more happy, healthy birthdays to come! Vibrant orange…
  • Julie Skrupa commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Yeah!! Happy Birthday, Master Tao!! Yellow or orange/burnt orange for the fall shoot.
  • Jamarie commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    You are a beautiful yogini and an inspiration! Happy Birthday:)!!
  • Deborah commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao!! You are AMAZING in EVERY colour. Would love to see you in MAGENTA and MANGO… Absolute fabulousness.
  • Jess commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Master Tao! May your light never fade :) Cheers and have a great one! I think purple would be a fun color to try! Or silver!
  • Louise commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    She is just an amazing women ! So much inspiration. Have a wonderful birthday. I would say go Purple and Magenta….but any colour you will look beautiful.
  • Kamla commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, Tao!! Thank you for sharing your joy and being such an inspiration! A deep golden yellow would be fabulous for the Fall photo shoot :))
  • Jim Dawson commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday Tao :) May you continue to show us the way into the future / inspirational !
  • Cheryle Linturn commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, beautiful Tao!!! You speak inspiration with your body, that shows on your breathtaking face, and wraps others with your powerful spiritual embrace of the universe. I see it, there around you and inside of you! Thank you.
  • Cheryle Linturn commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    sorry, forgot to say what color, gold is nice, but purple would float with your spirit.
  • Tina Dietrich Kulvete commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    You are an awesome lady! How about a purple or silver dress? <3
  • Mary Wright commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday…..what a beautiful expression of body, mind, and soul you are, Tao!! You lead the way for us…..thank you.
  • Pam Hathaway commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    Happy, Happy Birthday, Tao! You are so radiant. Your joy is so beautiful! Orange should be your next color to show your spunk!
  • dgirloc@yahoo.com commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Wow! So beautiful! I will have to take up yoga. I think purple or white! Happy Happy Birthday!
  • CEH commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday! You are an inspiration! I hope you love massages and hot tubs (I do) and get plenty of both, along with lots more Yoga,
  • Ulla Bettmer commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    how graceful, how special, stunning!!!!!!! Happy happy birthdays and a lot lot more to come!!!!!!!! dear Tao, you are truly a very special inspiration !!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay long, and orange would be my suggestion for your next shooting. love and gratitude, Ulla
  • CL Roz commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    What about an iridescent fabric that reflects a myriad of fall colors? Or a shimmery gold! Any color she shows up in will come to life!
  • Elaina commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    I love that the blue stood out from the red, orange and yellow. Maybe purple or another colour that might stand out. Happy birthday! I might start doing yoga now! She is an inspiration. Even without knowing her, I can see how much she shines.
  • marlene commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Regal purple, definately
  • donnagae commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Thank you so much for posting these stunning pictures of an amazing woman. She is elegant and the colors you’ve chosen for her frame her beauty. I suggest that wonderful deep eggplant purple color…aubergine.
  • Maya commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday ! My gratitude for the inspirational article with visuals. I’d love to see a photo session with deep orange shading into each other via red through burgundy – OMBRÉ.
  • Mahalakshmi commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday to you — a yogini, beautiful inside and out! Your light shines BRIGHT!
  • Jody commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao! Namaste.
  • Lilja commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    So amazing!!!! I love her just from this article!!! Beautiful portraits of a beautiful soul. Happy birthday! I think she should wear golden yellow or orange to match the foliage
  • Martha Bozeman commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Thanks for forging an inspirational path for all of us and showing us that getting older can be a vital and meaningful experience through practices like yoga.
  • Jonie Adams commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    I wish you were my mother! My dream, to be 100 and still practicing and teaching yoga and anything else. Thank you for inspiring me. I’m going to put your picture in my book of “things that make me happy.” Much love to you. May you have everything your heart desires on your birthday.
  • Ciara Delaney commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    You are beautiful and such an inspiration xxx Oh, soul dancer, how you shine :) xxx Namaste. Cx
  • Nicky commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Tao – WOW!!!! Words fail…. Colour: a beautiful soft, but deep, mauve – would complement Tao’s colouring and contrast with autumn foliage.
  • Cheryl commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, Tao! You are such an inspiration. I think I’m going to go do some yoga now… ;)
  • beryl commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Namaste, and birthday blessings. I am smiling at the images! As to color- wear whatever delights your heart that particular day… my favorites are deep purple and burnt orange if you want to enter those options into the mix.
  • Cinfy commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday!!!! Violet-iris-lavender-purple heart color Thank you for showing us true compassion And reminding us how to dance for ourselves!
  • Marta commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    we have birthday on the same day!!!! Have a wonderful birthday Tao :) Namaste
  • Christina Bryant commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Yellow and gold!
  • Lisa commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Tao, Happy Birthday! You inspire me with your humbleness and strength but the beautiful peace that quietly emanates from your soul is magnificent!
  • Christa Burrows / South Africa commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Yellow is a good colour, but what about black and white? Happy birthday!
  • Debi Pasricha (@GirlReworked) commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    My first thought was purple or royal blue, but Tao would be stunning in any color. Thank you for sharing these stunning photos. Au revior.
  • Lakshmi Kerner commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday to an incredibly beautiful woman. You are a brilliantly shining example of life expressing itself as a goddess for all ages!
  • Linda Isanangel Hagan commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    What a beautiful and inspiring lady. Happy Birthday! How about burnt orange for the autumn shoot? Au revior.
  • Gail Jones commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao, DEFINITELY PURPLE !
  • Raven commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAO!!!! You are an incredible woman, truly, you radiate divine love, darling!!! Such an inspiration <3 Au revoir!
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    Mamaste commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, my friend. I vote for gold! xoxo ~Mamaste
  • Nikki commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday wishes to a beautiful, radiant soul :) You inspire me beyond words. Thank you for sharing your gifts and light with the world and for leading by example. I’m beyond thankful for our true teachers like you. We can learn so much from our elders and you have such a young spirit, it seems you transcend even falling into that category. You are so wise…real and inspiring. How refreshing. Wishing you Health, Love and Light. Namaste.
  • Kelly Orphan Martinez commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    For a wise, beautiful, smiling person whose name is deep, and yet I have only known through these images, I would wear royal purple (and magenta and/or jewel tones to accent). You inspire the queen in all of us! I love your strength and I hope to grow stronger as I grow older, calmer and wiser, more compassionate and kind. Blessings!
  • Catherine Adams commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    I am so moved by these pictures. You must have been born with such an inquisitive spirit and had nurturing parents to foster such a lust for life. Keep smiling and being you, it’s contagious!
  • Kelly Hrupa commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Dear Tao! You are an inspiration, I got goose bumps just looking at Your photos and seeing the kind of unique sparkle that Your eyes emit to the world. I will keep this short, I will not wish You good health, as You’ve obviously got an abundance of it. I will only wish that Your teachings live on and on. Thank You and Namaste! PS. I’d recommend white for the next shoot.
  • Rozelle Fernandes commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday to a beautiful wise woman! Colour suggestion? A vibrant orange or purple.
  • Julia commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Tao, you are so beautiful & strong! Your arm balances are simply amazing. It must be the wine! I recommend a rich bold Cabernet color shoot! Is ice cream on your list as well? I hope to be as strong & healthy & happy at 93.
  • Itzhotli Cihuatl commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday! You have inspired me. I have been pretty sedentary for four years following a spinal fusion and I think the time has come to overcome my fears and be reborn. I just celebrated my 51st birthday on August 12th :) Oh,and I agree with Purple for the next color!
  • Mariet Hoen commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Orange! Vibrating color, just like she is. On to the hundred <3
  • Aimée Butterfly commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Copper! I WILL be radiant and joyful like you in 60 years… thank you for the inspiration! Happy birthday and au revoir !
  • emeraldsparks commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Liking your color choices here-emerald, fuscia, red, purple; the indigo/purple scarf with black, and indigo gown seemed to flatter her complexion the most. I think she’d look great in Valentino–her image is grace and timely elegance (as dancer/yogi). (just a touch more pink on the cheeks) very inspiring~
  • Paulina commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Wonderful and inspirational! Please wear beautiful aqua blue, shining, bright as you are!
  • scott commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    do all of the colors of Tara
  • Nita commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Tao, your contagious smile speaks of the beauty you hold inside. Hope your birthday was wonderful. And wear purple next time. Au revoir.
  • V.Krishna commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Om shri Ma Lalithambikayai Namaha!!! Have a wonderful birthday Tao!!! Pranaams, V.Krishna samatabooks@gmail.com
  • Salt commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    All I can say is WOW. What an inspiration. :) Happy birthday, Tao!
  • Roberta commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday Tao! Thank you for modeling the human spirit that lives in all of us. You inspire me!
  • Judith commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy blessed birthday! I vote for purple for the next photo shoot!
  • Claire commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Hope you had a fabulous Birthday Tao, I feel a connection to you as I have a lady in one of my classes who also celebrated her 95th Birthday this year. There is a photo of her on my FB page http://www.facebook.com/yogiclairehathayoga – she is the most advanced class member and I love teaching her. (although I learn far more from her than she from me) Namaste xx
  • Debbie commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Have a wonderful birtday Tao. As everyone has said you are an inspiration to all. For your next photo shoot, how about something that is tie-dyed with wonderful jewel colors?
  • Vicel commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    So beautiful! So joyful!! So alive!! I want to be like you Tao.
  • Nirmal commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Pure white which will match to her inner calm pure beauty :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAO:)
  • erin commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    gorgeous photos of a gorgeous subject. hope you have a happy birthday, tao, and continued good health! i think a vibrant orange would be lovely with the fall colors in central park.
  • Denise commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    happy happy birthday to you… rust…
  • Elizabeth commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Orange, orange, orange! Happy Birthday Tao!!
  • Pam Miller commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    I think pink or a bright fuschia. She is stunning in the blue though. Whatever color she chooses, she will be beautiful, her most stunning beauty comes from within.
  • Lisa commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Violette! Bon Anniversaire, Chere Soeur!
  • Rachael commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    PURPLE!
  • Vikas commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao! Inspiring, beautiful. Thank you! It would be lovely to see you in Saffron Orange–a little tip of the hat to the Yogis of Yesteryear in India.
  • Stacy commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Another vote for purple – regal and spiritual. Tao, thank you for being such a blessing and inspiration!
  • Barbara Marie Steele commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Fuschia!!! Happy Birthday, Tao, you are an inspiration!
  • Eilene commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful & truly inspiring Tao!!! I would love to see a deep purple also.
  • Dyan deNapoli commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    She is absolutely stunning! And what an inspiration! Happy Birthday to a true goddess. And purple. Definitely purple…
  • Amy Butler DC commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao! Purple and gold! She is truly the royalty of life! May we all be a blessing to our world like this beautiful example of human potential!
  • LeLa commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Marigold and gold threading. With a Gardenia in her hair. Happy Birthday Namaste
  • Rachel Helen Smithbone commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    amazing, inspiring, beautiful….just wow :) Happy Birthday to you Tao
  • PD commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    A superb inspiration, congrats. However, whomever wrote this strapline is mistaken, at 102yrs, Swami Yogananda in Rishikesh is perceptibly older. And still very capable of advanced asana. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151279514375667&set=a.10151279486415667.1073741829.726135666&type=1&theater
  • Isabella commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao! Thank you for the inspiration!
  • CB commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    The happiest of birthday wishes to an amazingly beautiful soul. I smiled looking at these pictures and thinking of what a beautiful way to honor a beautiful life.
  • LR commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing! Definitely grape or deep wine colour for next shoot…..au revoir
  • Estafane commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, fabulous pictures!
  • Lateefah commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Inspiring. Beautiful. Stunning. I aspire to live life as fully as she is! The most wonderful and happiest birthday, Tao!!!!
  • Emelie Hubert commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Orange and purple or lime green and purple – colours that bridge the spectrum
  • Barbara commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Linda wonderful.<3
  • Jennifer Elliott commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Wow!!!!!! I’m starting yoga today. As for colour, this gorgeous lady would look good in anything, although I’d love to see some orange, purple and lime green.
  • Chaka commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Tao and I share the same birthday, August 13th. I just turned 70 and she will be my inspiration for the coming years. Thanks for sharing her with us all.
  • Betty commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao, You Beautiful Lady! I have just turned 70 and recently started Yoga – will I ever be was limber and good as you?
  • Marty Johnson commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    You are beautiful! And an inspiration to all us yogis and yogini’s..Betty White ain’t got nuthin’ on you, my dear! Happy Birthday & many more! (but I do hear there’s a 105 yr old yogi teaching in Miami!)
  • Lecie Langille commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    What an inspiration for everyone!!! You are beautiful and amazing, and both of you so talented!!! Orange, please orange!!!
  • April Butcher commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Burnt Orange — namaste
  • Rebecca commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    French blue. Happy Birthday, Tao! Such beautiful shots and such a inspiring story! Inspiration comes in many forms and this story of you and the shots in red made my day- and I will be thinking on them as I work through the rest of the year, inspired by your grace.
  • Phyllis Kohn commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happyy BDay and a. Very healthy one, my AWESOME LADY!!!
  • yogasanmiguelushaUsha Leason commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    THE COLOR PURPLE. This is how I`m living my life from now on, embracing the body I`ve been given taking care of it and enjoying dressing it up in wonderful colors and fabrics. You`re a wonderful inspiration and proof that you`re never too old!!!
  • Tiffany commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Violet/purple! It will work wonderfully with the fall foliage and is the color of Ajna, the 6th chakra.
  • Veronica commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Amazing lady!!!! Happy Happy Birthday!! Definitively ORANGE for the fall, with all those fall color around her! What a great inspiration in this life! I’ve been doing yoga for 2 years and now I wish I could be able to achieved those poses soon.
  • lynn commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Purple, and yellow for sure! And maybe Red again! Very beautiful! ;)
  • Padme A'Tea (Lyn Gilbert) commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Dear Tao: The Happiest of Birthdays!!!! You are inspiring and beautiful….and I’d like to see gold, purple, white, magenta…vibrant jewel tones….but your beauty shines thru no matter what color you surround yourself with…All Love, Padme A’Tea
  • Carson Smith commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, Tao! You are an inspiration. You radiate a beautiful light and spirit. Jai Bhagwan! Om Shanti, shanti, shanti.
  • Carol Zimmermann Newlands commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    The colors of sherbert…..lemon,mauve,lilac,celery,seafoam,almond,
  • maria commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    orange! bright, happy and delightful as her!
  • Julia commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday Tao!!! And WHERE do I buy that gorgeous red dress!
  • Marie Joanne Vaillancourt commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Gold please! Happy Birthday! xo
  • Gudrun Dahlkvist commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday Tao! I was immensly inspired by your light and carisma shining through these pictures. You are beautiful, and I hope you will have more beautiful years ahead of you, filled with joy and health. Dark purple is a very beautiful color. Thank you. /Gudrun
  • Monica commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    What a living doll you are. Happy Birthday to a boodiful and inspirational lady.
  • Mary -Elizabeth Carr Sellers commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    I hope you had a most wonderful Birthday. You are truly a shinning inspiration to all. Wonderful pictures. Wear any color that speaks to you that day, you could carry any of them….Mary
  • thejoyofcaitlin commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Purple! Thanks for the inspiration!
  • Michelle Wiederman commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    She is so beautiful! Thank you for taking these gorgeous shots of an incredible woman! I think a deep plum color, or purple would be simply perfect on her! :)
  • writerphotogirlJudith Taylor commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy 95th birthday. You are an inspiration. I think yellow and also purple ot mauve would look wonderful on you.
  • Teri Ryan commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Isn’t she lovely? This woman should be draped in purple, the color for queens! Thank you for sharing such a jovial set of photos! What an inspiration….Namaste!
  • dee love commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    happy birthday tao. you are an inspiration! namaste
  • Mariah commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    What a wonderful inspiration. Thank you for these beautiful images!
  • zenkat56 commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    What pure joy!! Happy Birthday ! Thanks for sharing Robert!
  • Viv Lewis commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday from Australia, Master Tao! Seeing these awesome pics makes my heart sing xxx
  • Leslie Stevens commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Radiant Master Tao! I am so lit up and grateful from seeing those images of beautiful you dancing and moving in poses. You light in me a path farther than I had imagined. I have been saying for years that I want to tango in my eighties. I see thru you that I need not put a number anywhere. THank you. xxoo
  • Susan commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Yes, I say PURPLE, too! Purple would look great with a background of orange (fall). And purple is a very spiritual color, too.
  • Kike Calvo commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Hello, I would like to connect with Master Tao Porchon-Lynch to interview her for my National Geographic column. Do you think you can connect us? My email is kikecalvo@gmail.com Thanks
  • Norma Levy commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, Tao! You just gave me such needed inspiration, someone to emulate, I will never forget this. Thank you for this birthday gift. Mine is the 16th. .And thank you, Robert, so much!
  • Ysabel Ardhanareshwari commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    What a radiant soul you are Tao – its so wonderful to see you so gracefully enjoying your practice and your life – hats off to you sister, you are an inspiration!
  • Anita commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    ANITA You are so bright and clear! You are a role model for me. You are a spiritual role model for me. Thank you, Tao! aschwipp@uni-bonn.de
  • Alison Wherrett commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao! The beautiful photographs capture your strength, elegance & beauty. Very inspiring! I’d love to see a photo shoot in purple. :-)
  • Smara commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday!!! feliz cumpleaños!!!! <3
  • Lori commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    This is the most inspirational thing I’ve seen in a long time! A HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY! These shots make me want to do yoga and live life and ENJOY IT!!!! Much love!
  • C commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Deep Purple – regal and of pure, joyous spirit! Thank you so much for this.
  • Kuldip Singh commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Short of befitting words. Wonderful Tao. Robert Sturman too is doing a master job.God bless the Rebelle.
  • Ruth commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao. You are so vibrant and beautiful. I hope to be practicing and teaching yoga well up into my 90s too. I think you are living my dream.
  • Indigo Violet commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Purple!
  • lrmarshall commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Orange.purple
  • Kelly commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Oh, orange for sure! It’s supposed to be the happiest colour. Happy Birthday, Tao!
  • roslyn halperin commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    i like orange but i think purple. is more popular. Love the pictures. HAppy BIrthday TAo. Your Spirit really shines.
  • B S GILL commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao.Thaks Annu for Introducing Tao.95 years and such feats .Like Fauza Singh The Runner.
  • nancy martin commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    BIrthday Blessings! May vitality and joy continue to embrace your exquisite grace and beauty ~ <3 ~ I suggest a chakra color of Tao's choosing that resonates with her.
  • Debra commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Happy birt
  • Christine Kangas commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    I’d suggest purple :) also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her!
  • She would look radiant in purple! She is my new hero. My daughter and I want to be just like her when we “grow up.” Happy birthday, Tao! You are fabulous and inspiring to me, especially since I am just beginning my yoga journey. I’m rolling out my mat, right now! :o)
  • Shana Saffer commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    What a vision of grace and excellence! Happy Day and sweet year to you Tao.
  • writingforselfdiscovery commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    For all of those who say they’re not flexible enough, too tired, too busy, too…old for yoga? Tell me again, what’s your excuse???
  • Claire Bushell commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    What an inspiration this lady is and I love how you’ve captured her beauty and grace.
  • Renée Starr commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    White. To reflect the absolute purity of her soul…which shines like a beacon.
  • Sadia Fofana commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    just amazing, continue enjoying life.
  • Andrea M Jensen commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Inspiring! I would love to see her in orange!!
  • Jeanne Floresca (@InspireHappy) commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Wow. Just Wow. Happy birthday Master Tao! I am moved, inspired, and even more assured that this yoga journey that I just started on at the age of 40 is the right path for me. Namaste.
  • Vanice 'Akaljas' Medley commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    Purple! :D
  • Colin Yardley commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
    Totally inspiring. Thank you for this wonderful reminder of the beauty of which we are capable.
  • Albert Desrochers commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
    Bonne fête, vous êtes très inspirante.
  • Christine commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
    Purple! Specifically, the color that is on the pattern in the last photo where she is hugging you. The color of royalty, and she is most obviously a special soul. From an aesthetic perspective, it will pop in a gorgeous way against the autumn colors! :) Thank you for these photos…I am so inspired. I’ve been feeling sorry for my “old” and frumpy self…at 47 my body just doesn’t bounce back the way it once did. This couldn’t be a more perfect reminder to not give up. Nothing is impossible! And a most happy birthday to Master Tao Porchon-Lynch. Thank you for reminding me that beauty has no age limits. I’m in awe of you.
  • Sandra Sorg commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday Tao!! I think pastel colors are really nice, but pink is my favorite. That would be beautiful on you. You are an inspiration to all. Many more happy birthdays!!
  • Diana Owens commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
    White for the Purity of your Being and your joyful connection with all of Life, Tao. I can tell that you are physically immortal. Please go to the website http://www.peopleunlimitedinc.com to learn about the Scottsdale AZ community of physically immortal people. James Strole and Bernadeane are founders and directors. Bernadeane at 76 is a radiant being as well and knew she was physically immortal since she was 22. Now she has given all of us an opportunity to claim our physical immortality. Hooray for her and Hooray for you. Happy Birthday Tao!
  • Lindsay commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday Tao! Such inspiration, beauty and spirit :) I vote a deep purple – such a vibrance, just like her!
  • Marie DiCowden commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
    What an inspiration! Happy birthday, Tao! Jewel tone purple-violet to celebrate her crown chakra….against vibrant fall foliage–for her grounded chakra wisdom!
  • Johnny T commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
    I love stringy old babes.
  • ingka commented on August 16, 2013 Reply
    Thank you for coming into my life today…you move me to the centre of my soul…love and light, namaste, ingka
  • Jeanne B. commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    She is so extraordinarily beautiful, just radiant. She is the inspiration and image of who I want to be at 95, if I’m blessed with that many years. I’d love to see her in that deep, rich red-violet/eggplant color that perfectly complements the vibrant oranges and golds of autumn. It would look stunning on her and in the photo. Happy Birthday, Tao, and may you be blessed with many more healthy years to come.
  • Beth C. commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    So beautiful and such an inspiration.
    • Rachel commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
      I bet you celebrate your birth day, every day!
  • Kristy commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    Wonderful! Yellow or orange!
  • Sarah commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    Happy Belated Birthday! I am beyond inspired.
  • jim smith asshole commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    Looks like human beef jerky, what an attention au vior
    • Stephanie commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
      Bravo !!! Bravo !! I almost shed a tear when I wrote your beautiful words. I also feel the old lady should not be allowed in public areas and inside restaurants and the like, deep down inside she reminded everyone here of something akin to oversized dogs who just rolled around in liquid horse manure. keep them away from everybody and, escort them out of town asap :-(
  • Lora commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    Definitely Copper would contrast the yellow,reds and orange of the atumn leaves. Happy Birthday Tao
  • judy herrmann commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    happy birthday, tao! you fill my soul with laughter. you are the most beautiful person in the world. am so happy to “meet” you. thank you for sharing your inspiration. <3
  • americanscommodifyeverythingincludingspirituality commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    This is the most ridiculous claim I have ever heard in my life. Perhaps the Guinness Book of World Records committee should do a bit more research. Do any of these people actually know how old the system of Yoga is?????? It is purported to go back thousands of years…………I can gaurantee that there were quite a few Yoga “teachers” that existed far before her time. And they weren’t elderly white ladies modelling crimson ballgowns in the middle of Central Park, THAT is for certain.
  • SELENA commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    Happy B-Day Tao. You are awesome! Proves to me that ANYTHING in this life can be obtained if it is only wanted enough. I also think ORANGE would be a very nice color to wear for a fall shoot.
  • mamatc commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    TURQOIUSE – diff than the blue, blueish greeinsh, sea-sky against fall colors and with dark hair woukd be lovely.
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  • Jewel McInroy commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    What a wonderful experience, seeing such a beautiful, alive and totally vibrant human being. Happy birthday – you are my inspiration!
  • anji commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    Happy Happy Birthday to you Tao! I am so inspired by your story and photos. I share this link with my facebook friends. I do photography for women and I often tell them to keep a body, mind, soul, journey with photos, to celebrate every stage, maid, woman and crone. Your photos are so beautiful. You life and your story will be in my heart. Thank your expression of the divine feminine. I think you next shoot you would be stunning in White or Pink! Many more Happy Birthday’s to you!!! xoxo
  • SALMA AL ALAMI commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    YOU ARE ABSOLUTLY THE GODDESS OF LOVE AND LIGHT, I SALUTE YOU BAUTIFUL TAO AND I WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! YOU ARE TARA AND THE DIVINE MOTHER. WHEN I SAW YOUR PICTURES I HAD TEARS OF JOY AND SADNESS BECAUSE I HAVE BACK PAIN SINCE I WAS 14 YEARS OLD AFTER A TRAUMATIC CAR ACCIDENT. YOU GAVE ME HOPE AND YOU INSPIRED ME AND TAUGHT ME TO KEEP MY SPIRIT ALIVE. YOU HAVE REJUVENATED MY MIND AND EMOTION. THANK YOU SO MUCH, YOUR GRACE IS ENBEDED IN MY HEART. I SEND YOU PRAYERS OF LOVE AND LOVING APPRECIATIF THOUGHTS.KEEP YOUR LIGHT SHINING!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR WHOLNESS DEAR DIVINE TEACHER TAO!!! YOU ARE GORGEOUS AND A SPARKLE OF THE ESSENCE OF TRUTH! WITH LOVE, LIGHT AND BLESINGS OF PEACE, SALMA AL ALAMI
  • Angela Lynn Adams-Fulton commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    I apologize for the late birthday wish and am so grateful to know about you, you are an inspiration. I believe that a magenta, fuchsia or amethyst purple would be lovely, Tao you are a Goddess. I would love to provide you with a lovely gown for the occasion, I am a designer and I would be honored to clothe you.
  • Carol Harada commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    Tao, you are a beautiful inspiration! My grandma lived to be 106, so I aspire to graceful longevity too. Blessings on your birthday and all the days of your life. And Robert, thank you for sharing the great photographs and your friend.
  • Ruth Kavanagh-May commented on August 18, 2013 Reply
    VIVID! IT’S YOU! feel like i just crashed into another past-life…yeGods, girl, ye are STILL IMPOSSIBLE! And, NO, STOP-THAT, Imp! Ye KNOW ye looks fey&Grand in any&that ~*colour*~ which is impossible to describe…HAPPY BIRTH-WAY-DAY, VIVID! &This Child has NO idea where this came from…Grand-Master, Respect&LOVE…
  • Jessica commented on August 18, 2013 Reply
    PURPLE!!! deep, rich, eggplant purple. also, we should all be so lucky.
  • alexandraye commented on August 18, 2013 Reply
    Purple and indigo :)
  • Patricia commented on August 18, 2013 Reply
    Chakra’s color!!!!!! Parabéns from Brazil ;)))
  • Byokko commented on August 18, 2013 Reply
    Happy bday! And nice pictures <3 i love them. Hope purple/violet will be the next color!
  • Robin commented on August 18, 2013 Reply
    Purple. A deep, majestic purple!
  • Annie Wong commented on August 20, 2013 Reply
    can we have purple colour. it will show an elegant view of Mdm. i like the way Mdm keep yourselves as healthy, joy and happy. i like an old age person but still have young age spirit and energy. wish you happy birthday. really hope can see you as well as meet with you. you are like my dream life in old age later.
  • Cigi commented on August 20, 2013 Reply
    Definitely purple! How inspirational and lovely you are Tao – may you start a whole new wave of awareness and generate a focus on the women who have gained much along the journey of life and have so much to share … Happy Birthday
  • Debra Lyn commented on August 21, 2013 Reply
    Gorgeous lady! Happy Happy Birthday Tao – you are an inspiration! I’d love to see her in yellow, orange and brown – colours of autumn. :-)
  • angie morgan commented on August 21, 2013 Reply
    I would like a shimmering copper colour…..
  • Jordan Baker-Kilner commented on August 21, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday…beautiful beautiful creature!
  • Vicki Dufton commented on August 21, 2013 Reply
    Happy, Happy Birthday, beautiful Tao. I discovered yoga at 60, am now 70 and teaching yoga! You are a gift and inspiration to me. Thank you!
  • joni commented on August 21, 2013 Reply
    White
  • Lisa commented on August 22, 2013 Reply
    Yellow, but would be beautiful in any colour.. so vibrant and truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing Tao. Happy, happy birthday to you.
  • susanpiazza commented on August 22, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful photos of a beautiful lady. Enjoy your special day !
  • lunawings (Jackie Manning) commented on August 23, 2013 Reply
    Purple!! Fantastic blog post, woman and tribute to her vitality and awesomeness!
  • Rebecca commented on August 23, 2013 Reply
    purple! thanks for sharing such beautiful inspiration.
  • Susan Swafford Taylor commented on August 24, 2013 Reply
    Happy Birthday, Tao.. What an inspiration you are ! May we all “age” as gracefully and beautifully as you have ! I hope you have written a book about yourself. I would love to know more. Thank you for all you have given us and all your good work in your disciplines, especially Yoga. These photos are amazing. I am so inspired.
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  • Hakon commented on August 30, 2013 Reply
    Dear Tao, seeing these pictures and your evidently kind and gracious heart triggered tears of happiness. Yoga has made a huge difference to my life and so happy to see the beautiful difference it has made to yours, lots of love, Hakon
  • dishchronicles commented on August 30, 2013 Reply
    You are such an inspiration. Thank you.
  • nievesrosillo commented on August 31, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful woman, an inspiration. My favorite color red, but a bright orange will do just fine! Feliz Cumpleanos!! y muchos mas!!
  • Tonediva commented on September 2, 2013 Reply
    Breath and blessings, beautiful being! I would love to see her in purple for passion.
  • Williamettia commented on September 6, 2013 Reply
    What a stunning elegant woman!! Orange orange orange !!
  • Susan commented on September 18, 2013 Reply
    Yellow will not flatter her. She is a cool jewel tone person and she seems to know that based the colors she has chosen to wear so far. Purple would be wonderful, fuscia good, white would be lovely.
  • Maria commented on September 23, 2013 Reply
    Wow…what an inspiration! Burnt Orange all the way.
  • Afton commented on October 29, 2013 Reply
    Saffron for this beautiful soul!
  • farrahyaspeyoga commented on November 12, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful photos and gorgeous lady!!! What an inspiration!!! ; )
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    Beautiful and inspiring!
  • Shanie Matthews commented on November 20, 2013 Reply
    She inspires me to no end. Thank you for sharing!
  • Rajaganesh commented on December 2, 2013 Reply
    you are a prism that refracts different colours. No doubt, God lives in you.
  • Birgit commented on December 11, 2013 Reply
    Happy birthday Tao! Thank you for making my day with your beautiful smile and your radiant beauty and presence – feeling the joy of life, enjoying every moment of it! Thank you! Sending you love and light from Barcelona <3
  • Bernadette Anderson Martin commented on February 28, 2014 Reply
    This is beautiful. But unfortunately the oldest living yoga teacher lives in San Antonio Texas. Her name is Esther Vexler and she still teaches. I think both teachers are radiant and I am lucky to inhabit the wonderful spirit they send into the world.
  • Ashley commented on August 19, 2014 Reply
    Saffron. Definitely.
  • Courtney commented on August 29, 2014 Reply
    Purple or orange. She is joyous and beautiful. Any of these three colors suit her spirit well! Happy Birthday Tao! <3
  • Joan Staley commented on September 8, 2014 Reply
    Yellow or peach, she looks happy and those colors would look perfect on her.
  • Santhipriyadarsini Sridharan commented on December 18, 2014 Reply
    You are a great inspiration to many people. Wish you a very long life. I was born in karaikkal which is in pondichery union territory, formerly a part of French India. I professionally learned and practiced bharathanaatiyam ( a classical dance style in Tamil Nadu province, India). I am so interested in yoga and the asanas in yoga were quite resembling the stances in the bharathanaatiyam. Thank you for your service in disseminating the yoga to the world. I wish to know you even earlier. Take care
  • Trudy commented on February 15, 2015 Reply
    That’s an astute answer to a tricky quesoitn
  • vyana commented on February 20, 2015 Reply
    Tao, you are a beautiful, unique, and colorful flower………who emanates livinglovingliving! How about a dress with all the colors of the rainbow!
  • peri commented on July 3, 2015 Reply
    Purple, the color of goddesses and royalty. She is beautiful and an inspiration to live life everyday with beauty and compassion. peace+love PERI

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