As you likely know – today is an extra day. The practice started over 2,000 years ago when Julius Caesar developed the Julian Calendar with the assistance of an Alexandrian astronomer, Sosigenes. Basically, the earth makes a full rotation around the sun every 365.25 days and did not fit neatly into a specific calendar or 24 hour cycle. So, it was decided that every four years they would add an extra day to make up for the extra quarter day. You can tell it’s a leap year if the last two digits of the year are divisible by four, except for century years. For a century year (e.g. 1900, 2000) to be a leap year it must be divisible by 400. So 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 will not be. Without leap years, eventually February would be a summer month in the northern hemisphere! Make the most of the extra day today.
Don’t be afraid to age.Tao Porchon-Lynch
The final wisdom from yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch on how to live a long and full life celebrates the journey we are all on. So often, it is easy to think that once you pass certain milestones or age numbers that some abilities and possibilities slip away. Maybe some do, but other abilities and possibilities make themselves known and available. It is a wonderful thing to be alive, and never take it for granted.
Do what you love.Tao Porchon-Lynch
What sings to your soul? What always makes you smile? Whatever that is for you – make sure to enjoy it and practice it as much as possible. Beloved yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch loved yoga and shared it with a global audience – and lived to be 101! Perhaps making sure your life includes doing what you love is another secret to longevity. Even if you don’t make it to 100, you’ll be fulfilled.
See barriers as challenges to overcome and don’t let them stop you from pursuing your dreams is more wisdom and advice on living a long and fulfilling life from yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch. She was first introduced to yoga at the age of seven in 1925, living in southern India. She watched boys practicing yoga on the beach and when she asked older members of her family about it, they told her that yoga was only for boys. This did not deter Tao, she watched the boys and mimicked their actions, eventually practicing herself and becoming a world-renowned yoga teacher, even being named the world’s oldest living yoga teacher by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012.
“Yoga can be the joy of life, and it’s not just about putting our bodies into specific postures. It’s about expressing what comes from inside of you and showing up when you meet other people to create a oneness.”Tao Porchon-Lynch
Although today’s wisdom from beloved yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch is about yoga, you can easily apply it to the everyday – find joy in your life, express your true self and show up for others and let your authenticity shine.
One of Tao Porchon-Lynch’s secrets to longevity is one I have struggled with my entire life, but is so important and makes life so much less stressful and easy.
I don’t want to sit there hoping, wishing and wasting time.Tao Porchon-Lynch
Procrastination, or putting off what you could get done (or should get done) until a later point in time is a productivity and self-esteem killer. It always ok to take rest, but never put off things that need to get done or things that might sing to your soul.
Continuing our tribute to Tao Porchon-Lynch, legendary yogi, the second wisdom she shared on longevity is also quite simple.
Be grateful – and optimisticTao Porchon-Lynch
Maybe each morning and night think of one thing to be hopeful about and one thing you are grateful for to help you live a long and full life like Tao.
Yesterday, an amazing woman and yogi passed to the beyond. Tao Porchon-Lynch lived to be 101, practicing and teaching yoga as well as generally living as the embodiment of a ray of sunshine and ball-room dancing. Radiating her light and energy is one of my personal goals.
In honour of this amazing woman and personal inspiration, over the next week I am going to share some of her wisdom about how to live life fully and passed 100 years. Even if yoga is not your thing, her simple insights can make an amazing difference to brighten up your world and lighten your load.
Wake up before the sunTao Porchon-Lynch
The world is your oyster when you wake up before the sun does. Not only do you get to witness the beauty of the sunrise, but taking advantage of the calm and quiet before the rest of the world can help you be much more productive and reduce stress.
The first step is always the hardest. Once you get going it will all fall into place. So go ahead, get started!
It is true, you can’t buy happiness, nor integrity or authenticity.