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Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA, CHHC, RYT

What do you get when you cross a Harvard MBA with a Certified Professional Coach, Holistic Health Counselor and registered Yoga Teacher? Quite a bit of Yin-Yang!

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is president of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. and an internationally-recognized Executive Coach and Wellness Empowerment Expert. She offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach to success and personal energy management - with 20 years of business experience as a corporate executive and entrepreneur, and 25 years in holistic living. She has helped thousands around the globe work smart, be healthy and thrive in our fast, ever-changing world.

She started her career as the youngest staff member at the Harvard Business School, where she wrote case studies on Fortune 500 companies. She was also a Creative Consultant for Universal Studios and an executive at MTV Networks – moving from Management Associate to Vice President of Business Development & Operations in just five years. In the process, she founded VH1 Interactive, helped to re-position the VH1 TV Network, founded VH1@Work radio network, worked on the launch of six digital music video channels, and managed an almost 200-person operation.

In 1997, she almost died from Crohn’s and then transformed her life using an integrative approach. With a renewed spirit for service, she left her successful media career and founded the first yoga studio in Harlem. Now, as an award-winning entrepreneur, she coaches clients from all walks of life blending her real-world experience with research-driven principles and hands-on techniques. She is a sought-after speaker and host/moderator and has demonstrated the ability to communicate with many different audiences, from community, religious and youth groups, to corporate executives, politicians and world leaders. Dr. Kennedy’s range is tremendous - from teaching executives at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services how to manage stress and demonstrating the Body-Mind-Connection to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, to teaching yoga to the girls basketball team at the Thurgood Marshall Academy and presenting on peace and social change for the Newark Peace Education Summit which headlined His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Everything she does is about harnessing human potential. Called “smart with a heart,” she is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, is on the faculty at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and has served six years on the board of Yoga Alliance.

From a family of pioneers in communications, she is the author of multiple books including 40 Days to Power Living: Think, Eat and Live on Purpose and her latest book, Seven-Day PWR Detox: Cleanse Your Body, Mind & Spirit While Living Your Daily Life. She is the host of “Power Living with Dr. Terri Kennedy” and has been featured in media around the world from CNN and Tokyo FM to Prevention and Oprah's book Live Your Best Life! Although she is American, she was born in Ghana, started school in Australia and studied/lived in Italy. In 2009, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has participated in Forums in Brazil, China, India, Jordan, Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania, and has been a discussion leader for the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She recently contributed to The Youth Effect: Toolkit for Decision Makers on Engaging With Youth which was debuted at the 2010 Summit of the Global Agenda in Dubai. She also co-created the Young PWR Brokers program which teaches self-esteem to girls in Harlem, and is part of the Braintrust development team for “A New Way Forward,” an initiative created by The National CARES Mentoring Movement. She also has a Ph.D. in World Religions and executive education in Global Leadership & Public Policy from both Yale University and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

She can be reached at Visit for additional information and for daily inspiration.

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What to Pray For

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 12:03 AM

When a crisis happens, what do you do next? If you pray, what do you ask for? This poem by Rabbi Jack Riemer, adapted from Likrat Shabbat, gives us some direction:

"We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end war; For we know that You have made the...
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96-Year-Old Tao Porchon-Lynch Is 'On Fire' on America's Got Talent

(3) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:32 PM

Dancing to Pitbull's "Fireball," 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch and ballroom dance teacher Vard Margaryan wowed the "America's Got Talent" judges and audience on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Those of us who have been following Tao for years know how incredible she is. I've been to dance competitions with her. Now even more of the world got a chance to see her in action.

Howard Stern said, "I'm very inspired. Being a 96-year-old dancing with somebody who is 70 years younger is just mind-blowing for words. I love it!" Howie Mandel added, "I don't think America will like them. I think America will love them!" Everyone apparently agreed, because Tao and Vard received a rousing standing ovation and a "yes" to move on in the competition from all four Season 10 judges -- Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel.

Did you meet on Tinder?

Initially, as Tao and Vard walked on stage, you could tell that the judges didn't know what to think. Tao had on a metallic fringe flapper-like party dress with hot pink heels. Vard was in a very dapper suit. Mel B started off with a welcome and, "Tell us a little bit about yourselves." Tao and Vard said hello with Vard adding, "I'm 26 years old and she is..." Tao chimed in with, "96!" Stunned, Mel Be asked, "You're going to be doing an act together?"

One hilarious moment was when Mel B asked, "How did you meet each other?" and Howie Mandel quickly said, "Tinder," referring to the online dating app that finds potential matches on their proximity to you. The audience went crazy! In reality, Vard was teaching a Mambo class at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Hartsdale, New York and Tao joined in. They have been dancing together for over six years. Tao started competitive ballroom dancing at Fred Astaire in 2005 at age 87. She said, "Dance is within us and it's through us. It's universal and full of beauty. It's the joy of my life."

From tame ballroom to Pitbull's "Fireball"

Tao and Vard started off making us think it was going to be simple ballroom steps -- maybe even a little sleepy. You could feel a sense of anticipation from the judges and audience as if they were thinking, "What is this 96-year-old really going to do?" The introduction package played up Tao's Old World elegance, juxtaposing it with some of the other outrageous acts. They were setting us up to believe it was going to be tame.

Suddenly, the music came to a halt like they made a mistake. Instead, they shocked everyone and turned up the heat! Rapper Pitbull's sexy song, "Fireball" came on and they started shaking things up. As the song says, "We gon' boogie oogie oogie, jiggle, wiggle and dance. Like the roof on fire," and that's what they did! Vard spun Tao around several times like she was twenty years old and Tao even playfully slapped Vard on the backside. Smiling eyes widened in the young audience as they gasped in amazement. The entire crowd went wild. The judges were in disbelief.

Conversation between supermodels

As a former actress under contract with MGM and top couture model, Tao knows how to don a dress and command a stage. Referring to Tao's stylish outfit, supermodel Heidi Klum said, "I was a little mad because you stole my dress out of my dressing room before you came out here. Tao, you really are an inspiration. It's unbelievable!" In the 1940s, Tao was voted "Girl with the Longest Legs" in Europe. She modeled for famous designers such as Jean Dessès, Jeanne Lanvin, Jean Patou, Marcel Rochas, Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. The dress that Prince Phillip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, wore for Prince Phillip's marriage to Queen Elizabeth II was draped on Tao by Jean Dessès.

Vard has his own impressive dance pedigree. Born in Armenia, he began dancing Armenian Folk at the age of 6. He eventually found ballroom dancing and added ballet training. Quickly excelling, he was included in the Armenian Ballet Company that toured in Dubai and Egypt. He came to the United States to hone his dance skills and compete. In 2011, he and his partner Kateryna Angelone won the United States DanceSport Championship in the Professional Mambo category.

"Dazzling Dancer" "Amazing!" "Inspirational!" "Unbelievable!"

Host Nick Cannon summed their performance up with, "That was amazing!" The next morning on the "Today Show's" Kathie Lee & Hoda the headline was "Dazzling Dancer." Hoda said, "'America's Got Talent' had quite the contestant yesterday. 96-year-old dancer. She shocked the judges. Her name is Tao Porchon-Lynch and she dances with a 26-year-old." Kathie added, "That's what keeps her young!"

Tao has already touched millions around the world and has the ability to inspire many more to reach their Highest Potential. Howard Stern said, "I know my parents will be sitting here watching this thinking maybe we should get off the couch." Tao has had three hip replacements and said, "I don't let anything get the better of me."

Tao's backstory is even more fascinating

Tao started practicing yoga in 1926 at age 8. In 2012, she was named Oldest Yoga Teacher by Guinness World Records. Her teachers were a Who's Who of the Spiritual World such as Sri Aurobindo, Mataji Indra Devi, Swami Prabhavananda, Dr. Roman Ostoja, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, B.K.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. She has taught yoga at the Pentagon and spoken on peace panels with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

A lifelong activist, Tao is likely the only person still on the planet who marched with BOTH Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During World War II, she performed nightly during the Nazi bombing Blitz of London and helped Jews escape the Germans as a French Resistance fighter. Close friend Marlene Dietrich helped her couture modeling career in Paris and Marilyn Monroe advised her about Hollywood. Later, Tao became a filmmaker and then an entrepreneur publishing the wine newspaper, Beverage Communicator, for over 30 years. She is a co-founder of the American Wine Society and still serves as Vice President of Southern New York.

"There is so much to do and so little time to do it!"

A source of Peter Pan-like endless youth and vitality, Tao says, "In my head I'm still in my 20's, and I have no intention of ever growing up." See "Is 96 the New 22? Seven Secrets to Vitality from Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch" prompted by Tao's appearance on the Steve Harvey Show in January 2015. One of Tao's secrets to vitality is to keep dancing to her own rhythm each and every day. She does not believe in procrastination and is always looking for the next adventure. She says, "There is so much to do and so little time to do it!" Through the lenses of almost a century, Tao is a wellspring of hope and can give each of us an expanded vision of the possibilities in our own lives.

For more on the incredible Tao Porchon-Lynch, preorder her memoir, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. The book already has endorsements from Dr. Deepak Chopra, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Agapi Stassinopoulos, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Beryl Bender Birch, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Sandip Soparrkar, Sushmita Sen, Hema Malini, among others. For more on Tao, go to

If you get stuck in your own head, think of Tao and remember her mantra, "There Is Nothing You Cannot Do!"

Image: Provided by NBC.

Image: Tao Porchon-Lynch Personal Collection.


Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is a Harvard-trained strategist, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and President of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. An early Internet pioneer, she has advised billion-dollar companies on their own multi-platform engagement strategies. A seasoned executive/life coach and founder of the first yoga studio in Harlem, she incorporates mindfulness into her leadership talks and has taught yoga in places like The Great Wall of China. Her latest book -- co-authored with her mother Columbia University-trained journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy -- is Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master on her teacher/mentor 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch.

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Disclosure: Dr. Kennedy is currently writing the biography of Tao Porchon-Lynch. For more by Dr. Terri Kennedy, click...

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Is 96 the New 22? Seven Secrets of Vitality From Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:02 PM



Millions across the globe have been inspired by 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch -- World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, competitive ballroom dancer and yoga master. She exemplifies her mantra:...

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7 Ways to Love Yourself

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 8:07 AM

How committed are you to your own happiness? If you were dating yourself, would you be blissful or ready to break out of the relationship? Self-love is an active process of becoming aware of who you are and appreciating all aspects of what makes you unique. It is a practice...

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Nelson Mandela's Lesson on Love

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 11:46 AM


I was just in South Africa a few weeks ago and had lunch in Mandela Square in Sandton City, a commercial and entertainment hub in the heart of Johannesburg. A jovial bronzed statute of Nelson Mandela towers almost twenty feet above the sidewalk...

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7 Ways to Optimize Your Brain

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 5:48 PM

How can neuroscience-based innovation enhance behavioral and brain health? This was the question asked at the SharpBrains Virtual Summit, which brought together 170 participants from 19 countries. More than 2 billion people worldwide suffer from brain-based health and productivity challenges resulting in a global economic burden...

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10 Most Fearless Women I've Met

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 4:37 PM

As poet and Nobel Prize Laureate Rabindranath Tagore said, "Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but be fearless when facing them." Fearlessness is a quality of spirit that enables you to walk an uncharted path and push forward, no matter what obstacles you face. I'm quite grateful...

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7 Things I Learned From Mom

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 3:18 PM

As Harriet Beecher Stowe said, "Most mothers are instinctive philosophers." My mom has certainly been the source of constant inspiration. Anyone who has heard me speak has heard stories about her. Although she is highly educated and accomplished, her advice is usually quite simple yet powerful if applied. I didn't...

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1-Minute Mini-Escape: Today, I Am Calm

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:36 PM

Water has a calm strength. I shot this video in Dakar, Senegal. It is beautiful coastal city with temperate weather. Join me for this one-minute Power Living Mini-Escape. To capture its power, say the affirmation out loud.

Watch It Now:

This is the affirmation:

Today, I am calm.
As I look out on the horizon, I am centered in the present.
I have quiet strength to face the waves of change.
As I inhale, I let peace wash over me.
As I exhale, I let tension float away.
I relax in the now.
Today, I am calm.

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7 Ways to Renew Your Life Today

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 9:30 AM

Just like a loaf of bread that's been left out too long, life can sometimes seem stale if we let routine take over. We get comfortable with what is and ignore what could be. Being present is important -- it's the foundation of Power Living and experiencing the special moments...

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1-Minute Mini-Escape: Today, I Am Free

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 1:58 PM

I love watching the wind flowing through the trees and listening to the waves. It instantly relaxes me. I hope you enjoy it. I shot this video in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Join me for this one-minute Power Living Mini-Escape. To capture its power, say it out loud.

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7 Steps to Making and Keeping Resolutions

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 4:48 PM

Have you ever made a New Year's resolution only to break it within weeks? According to ProactiveChange and a University of Scranton survey, about 40 to 45 percent of American adults set at least one resolution. However, by February the majority of us have given up. Is it...

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The Loud Voice of Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 5:05 PM

What would you do if you heard the words "You've got cancer," and then "triple-negative stage two aggressive cancer"? How would you approach your next steps? Would you be open to seeing a silver lining or closed off by a cloud of fear? Get inspired by the infectious spirit of...

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1-Minute Mini-Escape: Today I Focus on the Good

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 1:05 PM

I love watching the clouds. It's so peaceful. As always, I pause to take in nature and then write an affirmation. I shot this video in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Join me for this one-minute Power Living Mini-Escape. To capture its power, say it out loud.

Watch It Now:

This is the affirmation:

Today I focus on the good.
I let limiting thoughts float by like clouds in the sky.
As I inhale, I affirm the miracle of life.
As I exhale, I release fears and doubts.
I am present in the moment.
I am at peace with what is.
Today I focus on the good.

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Conversation With Masood Ali Khan and Sheela Bringi on 'Music and the Spirit'

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 1:08 AM

How does music and sound affect the spirit? Be inspired by my conversation with Masood Ali Khan and Sheela Bringi on "Music and the Spirit." Masood is an instructor at the Academy of Human Universal Energy and Spirituality, and has been a practitioner of yoga for two decades. In addition...

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Conversation With Elena Brower on 'The Art of Attention'

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 8:50 AM

Where are you focusing your attention? How would you benefit from more focus? Be inspired by my conversation with Elena Brower on "The Art of Attention." Elena is founder and co-owner of Virayoga. She offers a realistic and reverent approach to the world through her teaching and writing. She has...

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Conversation With Rev. Jaganath Carrera on 'Yoga and Spirituality'

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 1:28 AM

What is the connection between yoga and spirituality? How can you benefit from meditation? Be inspired by my conversation with Reverend Jaganath Carrera on "Yoga and Spirituality." Rev. Carrera is founder and spiritual head of the Yoga Life Society and author of Inside the Yoga Sutras and Awaken: Inside Yoga...

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Conversation With Cyndi Lee on 'Integrating Your Self'

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Do you ever feel like you're running around like a chicken with its head cut off? How can you integrate the various pieces of yourself together? Be inspired by my conversation with Cyndi Lee on "integrating your self." Cyndi took her first yoga class in college in 1972, and founded...

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Conversation With Beryl Bender Birch on 'Being Present'

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 1:30 AM

How present are you in your everyday interactions? How can you be more conscious in your daily life? Be inspired by my conversation with Beryl Bender Birch on "Being Present." Beryl is a dedicated student of yoga and the study of consciousness since 1971. She has been training yoga teachers...

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Conversation With Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee on 'Being Yoga'

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 1:30 AM

How can you stop doing and simply be? How would you benefit from more stillness in your life? Be inspired by my conversation with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee on "Being Yoga." Rodney and Collen are two of the most recognizable names in yoga. Rodney cofounded Piedmont Yoga Studio...

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