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Yoga instructor, 94, highlights healthy aging benefits of the exercise

May 10, 2013

Yoga has become a staple of healthy senior living for many retirees. The popular exercise offers benefits for both the mind and body, and few older adults are a better example of the activity's positive impact than New York resident Tao Porchon-Lynch. The 94-year-old has been practicing yoga for decades and has been an instructor for more than 30 years. As such, she should serve as an example to the over-55 crowds about the benefits of an active lifestyle , The Huffington Post reports.

Porchon-Lynch has been practicing yoga for nearly 90 years and she is certainly a testament to the numerous healthy aging benefits it offers. Yet while the practice provides plenty of physical benefits, she says its positive impact on her mental well-being is what she cherishes most of all. 

"Yoga is the joining of our mind, body and spirit," Porchon-Lynch told HuffPost. "It is like nature, everything is always recycled and brought full circle. I find that I can heal myself if I do what nature does. It's taken away stress and has helped me through crises."

She certainly is not alone when it comes to seniors practicing yoga, which is a good thing given the considerable health benefits of the exercise for adults living with arthritis pain. In fact, recent research from scientists in the United Arab Emirates found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis experienced less pain after 12 sessions of yoga. It should come as no surprise that yoga can reduce pain from arthritis. According to the Mayo Clinic, physical activity in any form, whether it is yoga, tai chi or water aerobics, is one of the best ways to treat the condition.