In-depth teachings of historical icon and yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DIGITAL FORM...
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This one-of-a-kind program includes Tao Porchon-Lynch at 96 years old in full action from her opening Seated Stretches and distinct Tango Sun Salutation to the Energetics of Hands & Feet, her popular Shoulder Stand sequence and special Closing Circle... and everything else in between.
- Experience Tao's master workshop with her actual students in the location where she taught for years.
- Learn her teachings step-by-step (video and print instructions) in the posture breakdown.
- Jump on the mat every day with the curated 35-, 55- and 75-minute practice sessions.
- Hear Tao talk about her lifestyle habits, yoga and her teachers/mentors in the video interviews.
- Access the content from anywhere across the globe on a variety of devices using our mobile app.
- Join a community of Tao enthusiasts and teachers around the world to share tips and experiences.
- Receive a Certificate of Completion after passing the online assessment* (optional).
- Incorporate the course into your Yoga Teacher Training to add a true female master to your curriculum.
- Share Tao's light and earn at the same time by becoming an Affiliate.
- Benefit from lifetime access (versus a one-and-done physical class) available as part of the launch offer.
The value of this program is priceless. Yet, we have a special launch offer of $397 which includes lifetime access... you can learn from it over and over again (versus leaving the live workshop and forgetting most of what was said).
After you purchase, you will receive a social media image to share (for bragging rights) as well as a gift image if you are giving the experience to someone else. Check out the Tao Porchon Yoga: Stretch & Relax program if you want to decompress and are not ready for the Master Course. Tao has danced her way to another planet but her teachings live on for generations to come.
* The assessment and Certificates of Completion will be ready by May 2022.
Total Value: Priceless
Launch Price: $697 $397
Special rate ends soon - see below.
ONE OF THE FIRST FEMALE YOGA TEACHERS...
"If boys can do it, so can I!"
In 1926, when she was 8 years old, Tao discovered yoga on the beaches of Pondicherry--a French colony in India. She saw a group of young boys making shapes with their bodies. In her excitement, she ran home and demonstrated some of the moves. Her aunt was shocked and said, "That is yoga! It's unladylike. That's not for girls." Tao responded, "It was beautiful, Auntie, and if boys can do it, so can I!" Her uncle, who knew the sage Sri Aurobindo, allowed her to continue. She later attended the Aurobindo Ashram. Tao would put her ear to the ground to "listen to the grass grow" and innately understood what she later described as "Eternal Energy"--the foundation of her teachings.
"Why you not teach yoga?"
Tao's mentor, Indra Devi, was 15 years her senior and knew her as a girl. A film star, she was the first woman and Westerner to study with the renowned Sri Krishnamacharya, alongside B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois. In 1948, she opened a yoga studio on Sunset Boulevard, the first in Los Angeles. Her teaching style, which focused on relieving anxiety and stress, helped popularize yoga in the U.S. When she bumped into Tao in Hollywood, after not seeing her for 20 years, she said in her particular way, "Vhat you do in films? Why you not teach yoga?" Under contract with MGM as an actress, Tao started to teach yoga to a group at the studio including Kathryn Grayson and Leslie Caron. At the same time, Tao was studying meditation and philosophy with her guru Swami Prabhavandana at the Vedanta Society.
"The beauty of life opened up."
Whenever Tao was in India visiting family and friends or working on a film, she would take yoga classes with various teachers. The first major teacher she studied asana (the physical postures) with was B.K.S. Iyengar around 1957. He was reluctant at first since it was traditionally a practice for men. Her boldness and persistence helped convince him to take female students like herself, Dona Holleman and others. She then studied with K. Pattabhi Jois and metaphysics teacher Dr. Roman Ostoja. On his first tour in the U.S. to share Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi sought Tao out. Through his presence and teachings, she felt like "the beauty of life opened up." This is before he achieved fame as the guru to The Beatles.
"You can't do yoga with sneakers on!"
In the 1960s, fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne walked in the place where Tao was teaching in Westchester, NY. He was looking to buy the location for his fitness club and was shocked at how many people were in the class doing yoga. Tao had been teaching for free. After he took over the club, he offered Tao her first paying teaching job. She taught there for a while but got annoyed when he started telling her that the students had to wear sneakers. She couldn't believe it and told him, "You can't do yoga with sneakers on!" She also encouraged him to get mats since they were practicing directly on the dirty floor. When she left and moved to another location, most of the students joined her.
"You are Light and Truth, One with all there is."
In her seven decades of teaching, Tao certified thousands of yoga teachers and inspired millions. In 1995, she participated in Yoga for Peace in Israel alongside her mentor Indra Devi and Rama Jyoti Vernon who brought together 400 spiritual leaders. Tao led at least 30 yoga retreats in places like Bali, Bucharest, Morocco, France and India, and was invited to teach programs in Sri Lanka, Budapest, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bahamas, Jamaica, the U.K., and Moscow. She shared the stage with His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Sadhguru and Dr. Deepak Chopra at locations like the Pentagon, United Nations and World Government Summit in Dubai. In 2012, Guinness World Records named Tao the "Oldest Yoga Teacher." In 2017, she was featured in Athleta's Power of She campaign. In 2019, she received the Padma Shri award, one of the highest civilian honors from the government of India.
"I'm going to dance my way to the next planet."
Tao taught yoga until just a few days before she died on February 21, 2020 at the age of 101. It was the day of 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 her tribute video below.
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FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME...
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL GET
THE MASTER WORKSHOP
Join The Tao Experience
Experience the complete 2 1/2 hour master workshop. Here you'll get Tao's full commentary on the various postures, her demonstrations on poses like Upward Plank, Seated Forward Bend, Head-to-Knee, Half Circle, Cat-Cow, One Handed Tiger, Sleeping Vishnu, Eagle, and Shoulder Stand. We even captured her Closing Circle. At the end is a very special Satsang which shows the bond between Tao and her regular students, whom she saw as her family. In many ways it is a tribute to the community she built, with her students giving thanks to her and Tao showing gratitude to them. It is like watching a yoga movie that you can also practice with over and over again.
Tao In Full Action
This one-of-a-kind program allows you to step into Tao's master workshop with her actual students where she taught for years. This is Tao in her natural element. Hear her corrections and see her hands-on adjustments. Feel her energy jump off the screen as if you are in a live workshop.
Angles From Four Cameras
Even though it added cost and editing time, we used FOUR cameras to ensure we captured Tao's teaching nuances as well as demonstrations from her students, many of which are yoga teachers trained by Tao. For each frame, we chose the angle which best optimized learning and the experience.
To serve various language and hearing capacities, we took extra time to make sure Closed Captions were enabled for ALL the videos. Tao's biographers, who know her intonation and use of Sanskrit and French words at times, did the transcriptions. We are now set up for translations in the future.
Study the individual segments
Deepen your learning by studying the 28 individual sections of the workshop plus 17 bonus segments--a total of 70 postures. This is geared to help you systematically learn Tao's teaching style and foundation postures. The bonus segments were filmed directly after the workshop, and provide variations and demonstrations not in the master class including more advanced poses such as Revolved Head-to-Knee, King Dancer, King Dancer Mermaid Variation, Sugarcane, Revolved Sugarcane, Eight Angle Pose, Lotus Peacock, One-Legged King Pigeon, Monkey, Partner Handstand, Headstand, and Plow-Shoulder Stand-Fish.
45 Segments to Study
Have you taken Tao's class and wondered how to do her special Tango Sun Salutation? Do you want to drill down on the Plow-Shoulder Stand-Fish sequence? Develop your own practice agenda and go directly to the videos for that segment.
For each segment, we've outlined the Benefits, Contraindications, Modifications and Variations. Then, we provide step-by-step instructions based on Tao's teachings in the video, as well as images so you can see the body placement and sequence.
A Community of Tao Yogis
Perhaps you want to find out tips from other yogis when doing a posture or sequence, or share your own insights. When you join the Tao Porchon Yoga program, you have the ability to add comments and connect with others in the Tao course community.
Jump on the mat with Tao every day
Tao normally taught seven yoga classes a week, so her usual students had the opportunity to see her often. Yoga is not just philosophy in a book. It is meant to be practiced on a regular basis so you can embody your Highest Self. Therefore, we have curated these 35-, 55- and 75-minute sessions to encourage you to practice consistently depending on what your energy needs are that day. There is something for ALL LEVELS, whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned teacher. In addition to studying the Posture Breakdowns, these Practice Sessions will help you work up to Tao's full 75-minute class if her teachings are new to you.
PRACTICE SESSION A
PRACTICE SESSION B
PRACTICE SESSION C
RELEASE - 35 Minutes
Practice Session A is geared for all levels to release muscle tension and relax, with an emphasis on forward and side bends, and seated twists leading you to Shoulder Stand On The Wall and Deep Relaxation. It's a great panacea for an overstimulated nervous system.
ACTIVATE - 55 Minutes
Practice Session B adds in basic backbends and standing postures, including Tao's special teachings on Tree Pose and three rounds of her Tango Sun Salutation leading you to the full Shoulder Stand sequence and Deep Relaxation.
ENERGIZE - 75 Minutes
Practice Session C follows Tao's regular class sequence. It adds in more intermediate arm balancing and the Tree Vinyasa which includes the Warrior series giving the entire body a boost. As always, it all leads you to Shoulder Stand and the Deep Relaxation.
TAO CONVERSATIONS ON YOGA
Hear Tao talk about yoga and her gurus
In addition to family friends Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo and Jawaharlal Nehru, Tao's teachers were a Who's Who of the spiritual world including the iconic Transcendental Meditation founder The Maharishi, Swami Prabhavananda of the Vedanta Society, Mataji Indra Devi, metaphysics teacher Dr. Roman Ostoja, and two of the most acclaimed yoga masters, B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois. Tao assimilated all of these layers of study and influence into her own approach to teaching and living Yoga. In various conversations with her biographers, Tao shares her experiences with these great teachers.
BEHIND THE SCENES
A diverse, women-led production team
The project was a labor of love produced by Tao's biographers and collaborators--mother-daughter development team Janie Sykes-Kennedy and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy--as part of their 10-year Tao Brand-Legacy Project. Eun-ah Lee was the cinematographer, with a couple of good men to help including Doo Soo "Dooks" Kim as camera operator and Daniel Marsh Kennedy as production assistant. Since it was a real workshop with 17 students (no stopping for re-takes), the four-camera production took finesse. An accomplished documentary producer, Tao was very hands-on with the whole process and was obviously pleased given her comments at the end. As part of the course, you'll get the inside scoop on the production, participants and how it all came together.
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy
Producer / Director / Editor
Doo Soo "Dooks" Kim
Daniel Marsh Kennedy
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Proud to study Tao Porchon Yoga
We believe this Tao Porchon Yoga: Master Course is a must for every yoga teacher and practitioner, and should be incorporated into Yoga Teacher Training programs around the world. To that end, we are currently developing an online assessment to test your knowledge of the program. Once you successfully complete the assessment, you can receive a Certificate of Completion and a Digital Badge to add to your website and social media. It will serve two purposes:
- For All Yogis - Show the public you have completed the Tao Porchon Yoga Master Course.
- For a Yoga Teacher Trainee - Show verification of completion as part of your Yoga Teacher Training Program.
The assessment will be ready by May 2022 for all verified course members.
TAO BRAND-LEGACY PROJECT
Her Inspiration & Teachings Live On
On November 5, 2011, Tao Porchon-Lynch asked mother-daughter development team Janie Sykes-Kennedy and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy to collaborate with her on her life story. That resulted in two award-winning books and the Tao Brand-Legacy Project - a multi-year initiative to establish and amplify the brand and legacy of Tao so that generations to come can learn from her wisdom and be inspired by her life. Learn more in the overview video.
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PRAISE FOR TAO...
Ageless Body Timeless Mind
"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... There are three words used to express pure consciousness. The first is Satyam which means Truth. The second is Shivam which means Goodness. And the third is Sundaram which means Beauty… and she has all three."
Dr. Deepak Chopra - Founder of the Chopra Center For Wellbeing and Bestselling Author
You Remind Us What's Possible
“Ladies and gentlemen, meet the incredible, Tao! Sage and I️ had the pleasure of having her to our home. She is a woman that does not accept ANY limitations in her life— even today at age 99! Keep it up, Tao! You remind us what’s possible."
Tony Robbins - Top Life & Business Strategist and Bestselling Author
Pure Love, Laughter & Light
"She is a very special woman and we’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 her 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."
Rodney Yee - Acclaimed 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, Acclaimed Yoga Teacher and Author of Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom
Embodies Qualities Of A True Yogi
"Tao is a truly remarkable woman who embodies the qualities of a true yogi and possesses a depth of knowledge that is quite rare."
David Swenson - Acclaimed Yoga Teacher and Author of Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual
Like Being in A Class About Life & Spirit
"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 as a human being. I hope I can be a student of this class of Tao forever!"
Sandip Soparrkar, Dancer-Choreographer, Actor and Humanitarian
The Wisdom In Her Eyes...
“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... 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!”
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Cardiologist, TV Host and Author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum's Heart Book: Every Woman's Guide to a Heart-Healthy Life
A Gift To Us All
"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."
Agapi Stassinopoulos, Author of Unbinding The Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity and Unconditional Love
Example Of Her Own Philosophy
"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 Tao for being a great friend and teacher!"
Sensei John P. Mirrione, Founder, Harmony By Karate and National Stop Bullying Campaign
A Bright Light
"Tao is a bright light! As soon as she walks in the room you are charged by her electric presence. Her teaching is infused with years of experience plus tons of compassion. Whether you are a beginning yoga student or a long-time yoga teacher, you will walk away amazed and inspired! My life has been forever changed by the precious time I’ve gotten to spend with Tao as her student and biographer. My practice is deeper and my being is more present. She has been a divine gift to me and is a gift to the world."
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, CEO, Power Living Enterprises, Inc., Tao's biographer and Author of 40 Days to Power Living: How to Think, Eat & Live on Purpose
Be Guided By A Global Icon
Some may think...
- I'm not flexible.
- I'm too old to do yoga.
- There is not an accessible yoga class near me.
- I took class with Tao but don't remember certain sequences.
- I've always wanted to take Tao's workshop but didn't get the chance.
- I'm a Tao fan and/or trained teacher and want to connect with a community of like-minded yogis.
- I am a regular Tao student and/or teacher and miss her dearly!
We would say...
- This program can help increase flexibility and ease muscle tension.
- With Tao as a role model, it's hard to say you're too old for anything!
- With this program, practice from the comfort of your home.
- The Posture Breakdown provides step-by-step instructions.
- Now, you can experience Tao in full action teaching a workshop.
- Our course platform will allow you to ask questions and make comments, as well as connect with other participants.
- We all miss Tao! We can treasure her presence in this digital form.
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