In March 2007, I met Tao Porchon-Lynch, a 93-year old yoga teacher in Westchester. Not only did she teach yoga, she taught it at.... Equinox gym! Where she was a very popular teacher! I took her class. Though I could barely hear her whispery voice above the gym's thump-thump-thump, she was fascinating company.
Last week, Tao's contemporary in Australia, Bette Calman, turned up in the news. At 83, Bette is still popping into crow pose, lotus, and headstand. Doesn't she look smashing in that pink jump suit? And--great hair. Above, the honorable Mrs. Calman in peacock pose.London's Daily Mail reports, "While others her age complain about aches and pains, Mrs Calman focuses on getting tough balancing manoeuvres right..... She can also put her head between her knees and hold her ankles, putting her inflexible grandchildren to shame."Oh, those inflexible grandchildren! Call Bikram Choudry posthaste! (Yoga Dork reports on yet another oldy-but-goody--this time a 90-yr old yoga teacher, in Tom's River, NJ.)