#BridgeTogether – We are stronger together.

I was fortunate today to attend the Bridge Together event on the Golden Gate Bridge. Along with thousands of other diverse women, men and children, we formed a human chain across the entire Golden Gate Bridge. We stood together in unity and love as a shining beacon of inclusiveness and democracy to prove that we are stronger together, that love trumps hate. We stood together, hand-in-hand and dressed in purple as a sign of unity and anti-bullying.

I met some amazing pro-ager women today, many of who have been active participants in civic rallies since the Vietnam war and others who attended their first rally today (me!).    It felt amazing to be part of a statement of peace, love and hope and support for all.

 

New Face at Athleta and she’s 98!

The tide is turning and Athleta is catching a wave by putting 98 year old Tao Porchon-Lynch on the cover of their recent catalog.

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Feeling young and being healthy is everything, and Tao Porchon-Lynch teaches people on the entire planet the wonderful world of yoga. Before teaching yoga, Tao had a long and varied career. Tao was  an actress in England, France and the USA (under contract to MGM) in the 1940’s and 50’s, wrote screenplays and made documentaries in the 60’s and 70’s. Her life in India encompasses many historic events. There aren’t many people still alive who witnessed first-hand some of the events Tao has.

She made several documentaries in India including,”To Light A Candle,” about  100 year- old philanthropist, Dr. Welthy Fisher and her work in education and literacy in Lucknow. Tao also worked for Unitel and helped in their efforts to try to introduce television to India in the 1950’s.

Tao teaches discipline and control of the body and mind through Yoga. As she elevates and balances her body in classic poses, she demonstrates how to tap into the primal spark of energy that all of us receive from the universe. Whatever our religious beliefs, the spark makes us one with our fellow human beings and all forms of life on our planet.

Tao is a living advertisement for how to tap into our human potential. She is unique in her ability to overcome the effects of aging to control her body and mind in harmony with Yoga’s principles. Tao’s philosophy is “there is nothing we cannot do if we harness the power within us.” Her current passion, in addition to yoga, is ballroom dancing and she is an award winning world-class dancer.

At a youthful 98, Tao brings a delightful, childlike love of life and nature to all that she does.