Ninety-one year-old yogi and competitive ballroom dancer Tao Porchon-Lynch isn’t balancing herself in front of her classes like a human teeter-totter these days. But that’s only because she recently broke her wrist and isn’t quite ready to put full weight on it, she explained during an early morning class in Hartsdale, New York.
Following her in Down Dog, Half Moon, and Warrior Pose, a gawking visitor half her age was quickly disabused of any doubts. Porchon-Lynch, who was raised in French Pondicherry, India, pretzeled a leg behind her neck and demonstrated how far she’s come since she had a hip replacement in 2003 and despite a surgical pin that was implanted in one leg in the late 1980s. She credits the spinal twists of yoga practice, which she does in the morning with her students and at night before bed, with staying lithe.
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