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7 Steps to Crafting an Amazing Life

Posted: 04/ 9/2012 7:40 am

The 93-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch was recently named "oldest yoga teacher" by the Guinness World Records. I've had the pleasure of studying with Tao and spending time with her over the last few years. She is one of my inspirations and certainly an example of what I call "Power Living." Her journey provides insights to crafting an amazing life. Here's just some of what I've learned from Tao:

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Tao's Indian mother died in childbirth, and her French father left Tao to be raised by his brother's family in India. Tao could have let the absence of her birth mother and father become a mental roadblock. Instead, she embraced her circumstances and cherished the love she received from the family she had. She became a successful model in Europe, and then a film star under contract with MGM in Hollywood working with Bob Hope and other notables. Are you playing your cards or wishing you had another deck? The situations we are born into shape our character, but do not have to determine our destiny.

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Tao is a living example of how to tap into our human potential. We each have the ability to craft an amazing life. As Tao says, "Smile. Don't look down. Don't look backwards. Don't procrastinate. Do it today!"

To see Tao in action, check out her Power Living interview and her wisdom from the 2011 Newark Peace Education Summit. If you want to experience Tao in person, check out her teaching schedule. If you are in New York on April 14th, join me at the Yoga Journal Conference as I moderate a discussion with Tao on yoga, creativity and showing up fully in life.

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