At this point, you probably all know about Tao Porchon-Lynch: she is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, at 94, the oldest living yoga teacher. She has been a yogi for 86 years (!), and became a teacher at 73.
Ever since Yogadork reminded me of her accomplishments a few months ago, this idea of a lifelong practice has been rolling around my brain. I am fascinated by people who are inquisitive about the world, and have an intense desire to know, no matter their age. Tao Porchon-Lynch doing yoga for so many years is certainly inspirational, but so are my parents who continue studying literature in French and Italian for fun, and countless other older people whose lifelong practices include reading, traveling, ballroom dancing, bird-watching or becoming versed the art of ikebana. I have long thought that curiosity is the true fountain of youth! It is neither Botox nor a steady diet of green juice, but curiosity that nourishes a healthy and creative longevity. To have a thirst for trying new things, for sending tiny mental Mars rovers to the seams of your understanding, is to be deeply engaged in a process of discovery -- of the self and of our shared experience on this planet.