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May 11, 2016

Tao, Janie and Terri in Chicago to Receive IPPY Award: Day 1

97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Mother-Daughter Writing Team in Chicago to Receive 2016 IPPY Award

May 10, 2016– 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch can add another accolade to her name, “award-winning author,” demonstrating once again that it is never too late to realize your dreams. She graced the windy city of Chicago to receive a 2016 IPPY Award for her book, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. It tied for a Silver Medal in the Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/Family Legacy/Travel) National Category for the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Read original press release. The ceremony took place on the 99th floor Skydeck of the Willis Tower. As a co-author I was honored to join Tao along with my mother, Columbia University-trained journalist Janie Sykes Kennedy. We came together as three generations of women to tell the story of one incredible woman.

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April 13, 2016

Dancing Light Wins 2016 IPPY Award!!!

DANCING LIGHT, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF 97-YEAR-OLD YOGA MASTER TAO PORCHON-LYNCH, WINS 2016 IPPY AWARD

Three generations of women come together to tell the story of one incredible woman

New York, NY, April 13, 2016 – 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch can add another accolade to her name, “award-winning author,” demonstrating once again that it is never too late to realize your dreams. Her book, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, tied for a Silver Medal in the Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/Family Legacy/Travel) National Category for the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The book focuses on storytelling using Tao's own poetic voice based on over seventy-five hours of video interviews conducted by mother-daughter writing team--Columbia University-trained journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy and Harvard-trained strategist/coach and yoga/meditation teacher Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy. The award will be presented on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the 20th Annual “IPPY” Awards ceremony in Chicago during the BookExpo America convention. The Hardcover book can be purchased at www.powerlivingmedia.com, and the E-Book is available on Amazon.

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April 10, 2016

Tao in the Bahamas: Day 3

97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch Shares Teachings at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas

January 9, 2016–Day 3 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in beautiful Bahamas was packed with activities. 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch taught yoga at noon and then I moderated another evening Satsang discussion with her. 

View all pictures from Day 3 in the Bahamas on Tao's blog. Be sure to spread the light by sharing this link and these hashtags: #ThisIs97 #TaoExp #TaoPorchonLynch.

If you haven’t already, order Tao’s long-awaited autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, which has received endorsements from notables such as Dr. Deepak Chopra, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, David Swenson, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum and many more!

Find out more about Tao at www.TheTaoExperience.com.

Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy of www.IAmPowerLiving.com and www.PowerLivingMedia.com.

Contact us at info@power-living.com or 212-901-6913.

January 08, 2016

Tao in the Bahamas: Day 1&2

97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch Shares Teachings at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas

January 7, 2016–A perfect 72 degrees and crystal blue water greeted us as we stepped into our own zen paradise at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas on Paradise Island. 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch was invited to this garden of eden to share her wisdom and I joined to assist.

Sivananda provides an immersion into the practices of a yogic lifestyle with a daily schedule of yoga, meditation and philosophical study that starts at 5:30am and ends at 10pm. Located a five-minute boat ride from Nassau, the Ashram shares a pristine beach with the large Atlantas Paradise Island Resort–an interesting juxtaposition of luxurious decadence and spiritual discipline. The daily vegetarian meals at 10am and 6pm were lovingly created by volunteer Karma yogis and simply delightful, particularly the homemade bread. I thought I may detox a bit but that was not happening.

They put us up in a garden room–a quaint cabin with two single beds and private bathroom. As Tao unpacked, she laughingly revealed a carry-on case almost entirely full of high heels making note that she was prepared for Ashram living. That’s a modern yoga master!! Since Tao was scheduled on the program the second evening, we got a chance to explore visiting the Boutique and taking in the beauty of the grounds.

On the evening of the 8th, it seemed like the entire Ashram of 200+ people came out for Satsang. My original yoga training was at Integral Yoga Institute in New York which is the lineage of Swami Satchidananda, a student of Swami Sivananda–so I felt right at home. In the Sivananda tradition, there is meditation and chanting before the main discussion. Our Conversation with a Master talk was the featured event and as usual Tao set the place abuzz. 

View all pictures from Day 1&2 in the Bahamas on Tao's blog. Be sure to spread the light by sharing this link and these hashtags: #ThisIs97 #TaoExp #TaoPorchonLynch.

If you haven’t already, order Tao’s long-awaited autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, which has received endorsements from notables such as Dr. Deepak Chopra, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, David Swenson, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum and many more!

Find out more about Tao at www.TheTaoExperience.com.

Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy of www.IAmPowerLiving.com and www.PowerLivingMedia.com.

Contact us at info@power-living.com or 212-901-6913.

 

October 10, 2015

Tao in Slovenia: Day 4

October 9, 2015–In 2012, Tao was named Oldest Yoga Teacher by Guinness World Records, and she still regularly teaches six to eight classes a week in addition to her dance lessons and other activities. Therefore, the trip to Slovenia would not be complete without yoga! So, on our last day, Tao taught two yoga classes–one at 7am and the other at 11am. Some of the attendees from the Conversation with a Master event hosted by the Young Executives Society (YES) and Mercedes changed their schedules–coming before work or taking an early lunch–to experience Tao’s teachings first-hand.

From traveling with Tao I’ve noticed that she receives energy from teaching yoga. She is already full of vitality yet her luminosity increases when she is taking command of the room adjusting students and helping them do things they never thought possible. She helps them to experience her mantra: There Is Nothing You Cannot Do. Tao says:

“In my head I am still in my ’20s and I’m never growing up!”

Tao has certainly unlocked the secrets to Peter Pan-like youthfulness. Being around her is a study in potentiality showing us all what is possible. She believes that what you put in your mind materializes and she constantly looks for the good. See this Huffington Post article, “Is 96 the New 22? Seven Secrets of Vitality From Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch” and “96-Year-Old Tao Porchon-Lynch is ‘On Fire’ on America’s Got Talent.” At 97 years old, Tao has the stamina of someone decades younger. After four days of continuous activity, we packed our bags and were headed off to Montenegro for the Age of Happiness Festival. Tao was a headliner and was greeted like a superstar! Before that craziness, we were glad to be able to spend the days before with my wonderful friends in Slovenia.

Thank you to our Slovenian hosts Matej Cer, Jan Pinteric, Til Lajovic, Anton Majhen, Breda Bozic and so many more from the YES and AvantCar teams. We’re also grateful for the coverage from 24UR.com, PlanetSiol.net and the upcoming feature in The Good Life. If you’ve never been to Slovenia, you must visit Ljubljana–the 2016 European Green Capital–and then venture out to the coast and the mountains. I’m sure you will be as delighted as we were. Tao enjoyed herself so much that we are planning a yoga retreat and Teacher Training in Slovenia for Spring 2016. Keep your eyes out for it!

View more pictures from Day 4 in Slovenia on Tao's blog. Be sure to spread the light by sharing this link and these hashtags: #ThisIs97 #TaoExp #TaoPorchonLynch.

If you haven’t already, order Tao’s long-awaited autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, which has received endorsements from notables such as Dr. Deepak Chopra, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, David Swenson, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum and many more!

Find out more about Tao at www.TheTaoExperience.com.

Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy of www.IAmPowerLiving.com and www.PowerLivingMedia.com.

Contact us at info@powerlivingmedia.com or 212-901-6913.

October 09, 2015

Tao in Slovenia: Day 3B

October 8, 2015–After a morning at the Slovene Coast, we returned to Ljubljana in the early afternoon just in time to get a quick bite of food and freshen up for another media interview. We went up to the Presidential Suite at Hotel Slon with Jan Pinteric and Til Lajovic. Apparently, President Bill Clinton had stayed in the spacious townhouse-like home away from home.

The hotel’s general manager Gregor Jamnik was there to meet us, along with the interviewer. A former actress and model, Tao was ready as soon as the camera went on! They discussed yoga, vitality and her new autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. Here is coverage from PlanetSiol.net. Gregor ordered some exquisite sparkling wine so Tao was in her element as a wine connoisseur. She was very interested in hearing about Slovenia’s wine region and is now excited about coming back to do a wine and yoga retreat.

With a viticultural history that predates Roman influences, Slovenia boasts approximately 28,000 wineries with a predominant focus on white wines.

With about an hour or so to rest, we changed and were off for the evening’s big event hosted by the Young Executives Society (YES) and Mercedes. Tao and I have been doing a roadshow of sorts with the “Conversation with a Master” event. We’ve made it into a multimedia experience by incorporating a slideshow of images from Tao’s archives which illustrate her stories. Even though Tao is engaging on her own, it makes the conversation come alive even more. We’ve done similar events for hosts as diverse as the Harvard Business School Club of New York to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale (U.S.). I even moderated a discussion on Tao’s life at the Pentagon (pre-slideshow) after she taught yoga to 90 Department of Defense personnel.

This event in Slovenia was well-attended and well-received. Afterwards there was a steady stream of people wanting to meet Tao and take pictures with her. All of our gracious hosts were there including Matej Cer, Jan Pinteric, Til Lajovic, Anton Majhen, Breda Bozic and others from AvantCar, Mercedes and the YES team.

View more pictures from Day 3B in Slovenia. Be sure to spread the light by sharing this link and these hashtags: #ThisIs97 #TaoExp #TaoPorchonLynch.

If you haven’t already, order Tao’s long-awaited autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, which has received endorsements from notables such as Dr. Deepak Chopra, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, David Swenson, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum and many more!

Find out more about Tao at www.TheTaoExperience.com.

Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy of www.IAmPowerLiving.com and www.PowerLivingMedia.com.

Contact us at info@powerlivingmedia.com or 212-901-6913.

October 09, 2015

Tao in Slovenia: Day 3A

October 8, 2015–Our hosts wanted us to experience more of Slovenia so for the first part of Day 3 we left the rain in Ljubljana and headed to the coast. Tao was delighted by the prospect of some sun since she does not like the cold! As we drove further southwest, the air indeed got a bit warmer and the clouds began to disperse.

We went through Portorož, Koper, Izola and Piran, where we saw signs in both the Slovene and Italian languages. The Slovene Riviera, located on the Gulf of Trieste by the Adriatic Sea, is just a short boat ride from Italy to the north and Croatia to the south. In fact, you can take a ferry over to Venice in the warm season. On my last visit in 2012, we made a quick trip to Croatia which was simply breathtaking.

Touching the Alps and bordering the Mediterranean, Slovenia is mainly mountainous and is one of the most water-rich countries in Europe.

Slovenia is the ideal place for anyone who loves nature and outdoor activities. With Austria and the Alps in the Northern region, you can go skiing in no time. The South also has mountains that I was checking out for a future hiking excursion. I highly recommend going up to higher elevations where you can find biodiversity farms like the one I visited previously. Watch videos from that trip: Slovenia: Sustainability in Action (which shows in part why Ljubljana deserved to win the 2016 European Green Capital Award) and Women: Slovenia’s Untapped Resource. Since nature is at the heart of Tao’s philosophy of vitality and Oneness, she was impressed by Slovenia’s obvious care for the environment.

View more pictures from Day 3 in Slovenia on Tao's blog. The day was so packed that we had to break the coverage into two parts. Be sure to spread the light by sharing this link and use hashtags: #ThisIs97 #TaoExp #TaoPorchonLynch.

If you haven’t already, order Tao’s long-awaited autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, which has received endorsements from notables such as Dr. Deepak Chopra, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, David Swenson, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum and many more!

Find out more about Tao at www.TheTaoExperience.com.

Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy of www.IAmPowerLiving.com and www.PowerLivingMedia.com.

Contact us at info@powerlivingmedia.com or 212-901-6913.