June 16, 2015–It was a glorious Tuesday afternoon and 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch enthralled a packed audience at Wainwright House in Rye, New York–the oldest holistic center in the United States and the home of the work of personal development pioneer Norman Vincent Peale. As co-author of Tao’s long-awaited autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master (along with my mom journalist Janie Sykes Kennedy), I was delighted to moderate the conversation as I’ve done on numerous other occasions.
In the gorgeous library surrounded by spiritual and positive psychology books, Tao shared stories from her amazing life–from marching with Mahatma Gandhi and helping Jews escape the Nazis during World War II to modeling for top couture designers like Coco Chanel and acting in movies for MGM in Hollywood. Always with a sense of humor and a bit of mischievousness, Tao had the crowd laughing and in awe.
It was fitting to hold this preview event for Tao’s book at Wainwright House given its long history of hosting spiritual leaders. In the 1970s, Tao used this same venue to screen To Light A Candle–a film she produced on her mentor Dr. Welthy Fisher, founder of World Education and Literacy House.
After the usual long line of people to meet Tao and take photos, we (Tao, myself, mom and Joyce Pines)celebrated at La Panetière–one of Tao’s favorite French restaurants in Rye. Thank you to Peggy Hill and Linda Parker for hosting us at Wainwright House, as well as Joanna Rajendran for taking over my camera when I was moderating and capturing such beautiful shots. Check out the pictures below and be sure to share via social media using hashtag #TaoExp and/or #TaoPorchonLynch. You can also comment below using Facebook.