This article originally appeared on HelloGiggles.com.
I think we can all agree: A 98-year-old woman still healthy and strong enough to teach yoga every day has a thing or two to teach us about life.
Tao Porchon-Lynch, 98, is the oldest yoga teacher in the world, verified by Guinness World Records. She started practicing yoga as a child – nine decades ago – when she saw some boys doing yoga poses in India. After that, she says, she never looked back: Yoga has been a part of her life ever since, and she is sharing her wisdom.
The most important thing about yoga, Porchon-Lynch says, is breath: It connects us to our bodies and allows us to be mindful and positive in our life.
“Yoga is done with the breath. It means ‘union with your inner self,’” she told the Huffington Post. “When you breathe, you tune into the inner self, and you’ll find it opens up your whole life. And that’s what yoga is all about.”
For Porchon-Lynch, positive-thinking and breath are linked – and maintaining positive thoughts is the most important thing we can do for our health.
“Never put negative thoughts in your mind because it goes right into your body,” she said. “When you wake up in the morning, say, ‘This is going to be the best day of my life.’ People say I changed their life. I didn’t change their life. I just taught them to use their breath.”
In dedicating nearly a century to yoga, mindful living, and positivity, Tao reminds us: Pause, take a moment – and breathe.