SPREAD LIGHT THROUGH SHINING BRIGHT!
Yoga master and historical icon Tao Porchon-Lynch inspired millions with her energy and fantastical life story. Dr. Deepak Chopra called her "a mentor" and "an example of Ageless Body Timeless Mind." On February 21, 2020, Tao died peacefully at the age of 101 on the Hindu Festival of Maha Shivaratri, the "Great Night of Shiva," when Shiva dances in heaven. It's said to be the "brightest night of the soul where the yogi attains Nirvana." Watch the tribute video. Receive Tao's insights in her award-winning gift book, Shining Bright: Quotes and Images to Inspire Optimism, Gratitude & Belief In Your Limitless Potential. The book won the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in the gift category as part of the 30th annual competition.
Give the gift of inspiration to yourself and others. Shine bright from her wisdom and help up spread Tao's light.
To encourage gift-giving for Shining Bright, we are offering volume discounts. Choose under "Format." If you haven't already, get Tao's award-winning autobiography, Dancing Light.
How would it be to live each day full of optimism, gratitude and belief in your own limitless potential? Born in 1918, Tao Porchon-Lynch showed us what is possible as she crossed the globe taught yoga, shared insights and did ballroom dance competitions. Shining Bright: Quotes and Images to Inspire Optimism, Gratitude & Belief In Your Limitless Potential is Tao's inspirational gift book. Embedded in this little book is the essence of who she was--the thoughts and words that kept her spirit enriched and alive.
Tao's award-winning autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, takes us on an incredible odyssey through 20th century history from marching with Mahatma Gandhi and helping Jews escape the Nazis in World War II to being an actress, model, producer, publisher, dancer and yoga master we see today. Many asked about a sequel since Tao's life was still so full. At an age when most people have slowed down, she was ready for the next adventure. From when she used to "listen to the grass grow" as a child, she learned how to tap into the core essence of life, what she calls the "Eternal Energy." This Life Force was her adrenaline. Despite three hip replacements, she seemed to have boundless vitality.
Tao's light, along with her words of wisdom, is her present to us. So, we thought it would be fitting to put her insights in the form of a gift book--just the right size for you to carry with you and be reminded of your own possibilities. It is a perfect dose of inspiration to give loved ones and colleagues. We chose seventy of Tao's favorite quotes and matched them with original images from age 96 to 99. These are not from staged shoots. This is Tao in motion doing what she loves. In order to witness the scope of her escapades, we've indicated when and where each photo was taken--from Dubai and Mumbai to Slovenia and Montenegro.
You will notice that the book is infused with snapshots of Nature. While most people pass through life with their heads buried in technology, Tao sought a connection with the world around her. She took time to interact with the birds, feel the breeze over the ocean and dance with the sway of the trees. She drew energy from the Universe and lived the Oneness that underpins her philosophy.
In many ways, Shining Bright is a love letter to life--an invitation to live fully expressed. Open a page and meditate on it. Allow Tao's energy to leap from the book and into your being. As Tao demonstrated, you have the power within you to craft a vibrant life. Don't wait to start your great adventure. Take flight and see the world. Interact with the Living Universe. Hug a tree. Go whale watching. Do yoga with your dog. Take up ballroom dancing. Start the business that is in your dreams. Whatever stirs your soul, do it today. Put the intentional thoughts in this book into conscious action. Consult with your mind and lead with your heart. Live your Truth and share your Light. Be grateful and live each moment to the fullest. Choose joy and live SHINING BRIGHT!
For more on Tao, including her blog, go to www.TheTaoExperience.com. For updates, follow us on Twitter: @Taoexp.
Here's what people are saying about Tao:
“One of the most acclaimed yoga teachers of our century, Tao Porchon-Lynch... is a mentor to me who embodies the spirit of yoga and is an example of Ageless Body Timeless Mind. Like yoga, she teaches us to let go and to have exquisite awareness in every moment.”
“Tao is a truly remarkable woman who embodies the qualities of a true yogi and possesses a depth of knowledge that is quite rare.”
Yoga Teacher and Author of Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual
"Tao is a very special woman and I’ve had the honor of both teaching for and with her, and have had her teachings. The people of the younger generations really have to look at a person like Tao who has weathered so much in her life and has come out the other side of her life still completely pure of Love and Laughter and Light.”
Yoga Teacher and Author of Yoga: The Poetry of the Body
“I want to BE Tao! What she has done, who she is and the light that’s in her eyes… When you say hello to her, she is just so full of Light and Love and mischievousness… I just think she is an inspiration for women and all of mankind.”
Colleen Saidman Yee
Yoga Teacher and Author, Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom
“Through her mastery of Yoga and the body mind spirit connection, Tao helps us unbind the limits of our human condition in a most gentle and spirit filled way. She is a gift to us all. This book captures her magic.”
Author of Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity and Unconditional Love
“All you have to do is be in Tao Porchon Lynch’s presence to feel the energy of her spirit and the wisdom in her eyes. To have a book which allows us to enter this amazing woman’s life is a gift to us all. She is a living example of how we can all learn to live life to the fullest and to truly live from the heart--mind, body, spirit and soul. She is a precious commodity and we are so lucky to understand who she is and how she became that way!”
Cardiologist, TV Host and Author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart-Healthy Life
“Tao has been a role model to all of us who have been practicing yoga since the early 70’s. She is a brilliant example of the health and well being that can come with a lifetime of yoga practices. Her grace, compassion, service to the yoga community, and zest for life have inspired me for years, as well as thousands of young souls just stepping on to the yoga path.”
Beryl Bender Birch
Founder, The Hard & Soft Institute and Author of Power Yoga: The Total Strength and Flexibility Workout
“Tao is a true inspiration to one and all. I feel privileged that I have met her. When I look at her life, I think, ‘How can one person do it all?’ and she says everyone can do it as long as you can harness the power within you! Her nature, spirit and energy is something that I salute.”
Actress and Former Miss Universe 1994
“All the world has been graced by the presence and independent spirit of our great yoga teacher, Tao Porchon-Lynch. Her fascinating memoir shows us that through the difficulty of her first breath, she learned the importance of breath in all of life, and in yoga. Through the injustices she witnessed in her childhood, she learned the importance of peace. I’m honored to know her and follow in her footsteps.”
Rama Jyoti Vernon
International Peace Mediator, Yoga Teacher and Author of Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry
“I feel I am the most fortunate man in this world who has gotten an opportunity to share the stage with a legend like Tao not just once but three times. Each time I danced with Tao I learned new things about myself and my dance. Being with Tao is like being in a class - a class about life and spirit where you grow not only as a dancer but even as a human being. I hope I can be a student of this class of Tao forever!”
Dancer-Choreographer, Actor and Humanitarian
“I could never imagine that at this age Tao could dance so beautifully. It shows her dedication and commitment for the art. I love the way she has taken care of herself. At 96 years old, she is so fit and beautiful. Her love for art is what I feel makes her so alive.”
Member of Indian Parliament, Actress and Bharatanatyam Dancer-Choreographer
“It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to have the opportunity to create images together that continuously inspire people of all ages, all over the world. Never before have I met a brighter, lighter, warmer, sweeter, kinder human being than Tao. She has inspired countless works of art in our sacred, creative collaborations.”
Photographer, Robert Sturman Studios
“Tao’s presence is a life changer for anyone who experiences her movement and wisdom. She is a living example of her own philosophy that 'Anything is possible.' Yoga is the root of all eastern martial arts. It is the healing and harmony that is essential for life. Tao’s approach at 96 makes people realize that there are no excuses to make things happen in your life. Thank you Täo for being a great friend and teacher!”
John P. Mirrione
Founder, Harmony By Karate and National Stop Bullying Campaign
“The inspiration from collaborating with Tao is second only to being friends with her. Her warm spirit, positive outlook, and heartfelt message of oneness have enriched my life beyond measure. Congratulations to Tao for all of her life’s accomplishments and for deeply touching so many people. I love you!”
Composer/Producer, Valrock Music and CEO, Starlight Orchestras
“When I heard about Tao, I never believed that such a person could exist. I was mesmerised to see Tao dance such difficult moves with Sandip Soparrkar. She is an inspiration to all dance lovers. I wish all dance lovers can live a life like hers and keep dancing forever!”
Actress and Former Miss Asia Pacific 1970
For more on Tao, including her blog, go to www.TheTaoExperience.com.
Shining Bright: Quotes and Images to Inspire Optimism, Gratitude & Belief In Your Limitless Potential is the second book from Tao Porchon-Lynch and mother-daughter writing team Janie Sykes Kennedy and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy. In 2011, Tao asked them to help write her autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. Released in 2015, the hardcover book won 10 awards.
Janie Sykes Kennedy, MA is a 45-year veteran of international media/culture and an early advocate of integrative health. After almost dying from an ectopic pregnancy in 1972, she dove deeply into holistic practices including yoga to heal herself. She received her BA in Economics and Accounting from Howard University, MA in African Culture and Theatre at the University of Ghana, and MA from the Graduate School of Journalism- Columbia University. She studied screenwriting at Columbia with Samson Raphaelson, the writer of the first talking movie "The Jazz Singer." She also did professional studies with Lee Strasberg Actors Studio and the Herbert Berghof Studio. President of Sykes-Kennedy & Associates, Inc. since 1984, she has served as a consultant and has produced marketing materials, written articles and books, including the EXCEL series with over one million in print.
As an actress, journalist and business executive, she has worked in the U.S., Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She and her late husband, Dr. James Scott Kennedy, owned and operated one of the first multicultural theatre companies in New York in the 1950s. In the late 1960s, they lived in Africa, working at the University of Ghana and producing for the 1966 First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal, and the First Pan African Cultural Festival in Algiers, Algeria in 1969. In the 1970s, they were invited as Fulbright scholars by the Prime Minister of Australia to live in Adelaide and introduce new concepts of people--African-American and African--via theater and other arts, to that continent. They also produced for the Papua, New Guinea Independence Arts Festival. In the late 1980s, she was invited by HUD and the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of 14 delegates to go to the People's Republic of China on the first trade mission of American women which led to her distributing the journal, Building in China. In 2011, she was invited by the President of Senegal to speak at the Third World Festival of Black Arts & Culture in Dakar, and was covered extensively by their media. She is currently working on multiple book, theatre and film projects. For more, go to www.janiesykeskennedy.com.
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA, CPC, RYT is a Harvard-trained strategist and internationally-recognized thought leader with over 25 years of cross-sector experience as a corporate executive, award-winning entrepreneur, academic, writer/producer and yoga/mindfulness teacher. As President of Power Living Enterprises, Inc., she operates a lifestyle media, training and consulting company focused on inspiring minds and empowering success. This includes the publishing/e-commerce platform www.PowerLivingMedia.com, the consumer empowerment platform www.IAmPowerLiving.com and PLE Consulting which has advised billion-dollar companies on their own multi-platform engagement strategies. Through the Power Living Institute, she has also led programs for over 200 organizations and coached over 2,000 individual client-hours. She started her career on staff at Harvard Business School, consulting with Fortune 500 companies and writing case studies on Operations Strategy. As founder of VH1 Interactive and VH1@Work radio network, she negotiated VH1's first deal with AOL, and integrated online and on-air with superstars such as Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and Garth Brooks. As Vice President of Business Development & Operations for MTV Networks, she managed the 200-person MTV/VH1 Interactive operations, negotiated landmark content/distribution deals, managed strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Yahoo! and Intel, and planned/launched "The Suite" of six digital cable channels. She also was Creative Consultant to Universal Studios working with legendary studio head Lew Wasserman.
Inspired by her mother, she started playing with yoga when she was four years old. After almost dying in 1997, she transformed herself through yoga and holistic health. A student of Tao Porchon-Lynch, her original teacher training was at Integral Yoga Institute, and she has been greatly inspired by Dharma Mittra, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Swami Ramananda, as well as her lineage guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda. In 2002, she founded the Ta Yoga House--the first yoga studio in Harlem - and also served six years on the Board of Yoga Alliance, including Chair of the Board. A sought-after speaker/moderator, she is a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association and has served on various local, national and international committees.
In 2009, the World Economic Forum named her one of its Young Global Leaders recognizing her potential for shaping the future of the world. She has participated in Forums in Brazil, China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, South Africa and Tanzania, and has been a discussion leader for the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She incorporates mindfulness into her leadership talks and has also taught yoga in places like The Great Wall of China. She has a dual BA in Sociology and Studio Art from Wellesley College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Ph.D in World Religions, and executive education in Global Leadership and Public Policy. She is also a Certified Professional Coach, and holds a variety of other certifications in yoga, fitness and holistic health counseling. She contributes to various blogs such as The Huffington Post, the World Economic Forum, Impatient Optimists (Gates Foundation), and Speaking of Women's Health (Cleveland Clinic). Called "smart with a heart," she has been featured in media from CNN, Tokyo FM and ARD TV in Germany to Prevention, El Mercurio in Chile, Oprah's book Live Your Best Life! and the cover of Yoga Journal. Although she is American, she was born in Ghana, started school in Australia, lived/studied in Italy, and has traveled to over 40 countries. For more, go to http://terrik.tv.
Shining Bright: Quote and Images to Inspire Optimism, Gratitude & Belief in Your Limitless Potential is packed with bite-sized insights. Tao Porchon-Lynch's life was a great adventure! Here's a teaser:
"I don't believe in age. I believe in energy"
"Let Nature be your encyclopedia showing you the wonders of what is possible."
On the Mind...
"What you put in your mind materializes in your life."
"When I wake up in the morning I know that it's going to be THE BEST DAY of my life!"
"Look fear in the eye and say, 'You know what? You're transitory. I don't believe in you.'"
"Whatever you have in your heart, if it is good, do it today. Don't procrastinate."