If you've ever been to a yoga class, you know very well that it's called yoga "practice" for a reason. The first class is sometimes awkward, you don't really know what the poses are called, and sometimes your body hasn't moved that way in a LONG time. Each class you learn a bit more, and grow in your "practice."
For Tao Porchon-Lynch it's been over 70 years of practice. Now, at 98 years old she still practices and teaches yoga. Every morning she wakes up and tells herself "this is going to be the best day of my life." Then goes onto her mat and teaches yoga throughout her day.
Porchon-Lynch has been teaching yoga for 45 years now. She has a lot to say about happiness on and off the mat.
1. Don't fixate on things that may or may not happen.
Don't let your thoughts cloud you from doing things, and don't let them have power over you.
"Your mind gets in the way. It plagues you with all of the things that can go wrong," Porchon-Lynch told Well and Good. "I don't let it get in my way."
2. Stop judging others
"Don't look down on anyone," she says. "Know that you can learn from everyone."
This one helps even with your own yoga practice. Comparing yourself to the person next to you can seem frustrating if they seem to be doing better, but everyone has their own strengths, and it's important to recognize your own. Maybe your neighbor can help you get that crow pose and you can help them with their happy baby!
3. Begin each day feeling happy
"Wake up with a smile on your face!"
Porchon-Lynch wakes up with a positive attitude for the day, and that sets the expectation that it CAN be good! Setting the tone for the day can have a serious impact on your happiness.
4. You're never too old to try something new
"Don't give up and think, 'I've done it. Now I can sit back,' " she told Newsweek. "You haven't seen enough of this earth and there is a lot more to see that is beautiful."
Porchon-Lynch pretty much inspired all of us to get on that mat again, even at age 98!
Keep on killing it Tao Porchon-Lynch, you inspire us all to live life to the fullest! 💪🏼
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