About Lilias

Lilias Folan

Lilias attended Bennington College where she studied painting and drawing. She went on to study Italian while in Rome, Italy. She started her yoga practices in 1964, studying with various American teachers on the east and west coasts and with Swami Vishnu-Devananda in New York City and Canada. In 1973, Lilias went to India where she studied Vedanta philosophy and meditation under the tutelage of Swami Chidananda of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India. In 1975, she continued hatha yoga studies with Bernard Rishi of Paris, France, studying the B.K.S. Iyengar method of Hatha yoga.

The TV series, Lilias, Yoga and You, began in Cincinnati on WCET-TV in 1970, and was nationally distributed beginning in 1974 on PBS. During its run, which lasted until 1979, the program was aired on more than 200 stations nationwide with an estimated regular audience of more than 10 million viewers.


Lilias was named one of the “Four most influential figures in American Yoga” over the past 100 years by the Yoga Journal. She was also recently featured in Yoga International “In Loving Gratitude” as one of the four women who made yoga what it is today. The PBS television series “Lilias Yoga and You” and “Lilias!” was broadcast in every major market for 20 years reaching millions of new Yoga students. Lilias has appeared on The Today Show, The Mike Douglas Show, Phil Donahue, Richard Simmons as well as many other television broadcasts. Lilias was featured in Fit Yoga Magazine, Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine in 2009 and Yoga Journal Magazine in 2010. She continues to contribute to a variety of Yoga and Wellness publications.  She also appeared in a brief but memorable moments in Peter Sellers’ movie, "Being There".


Lilias’ audience includes housewives, athletes, executives, seniors, Olympians, artists, members of Congress and a former President of the US.  Lilias recently took part in the prestigious New York Times Speaker Series. She continues to teach throughout the US and abroad  inspiring students and teachers throughout the USA, Canada and Europe with the benefits of yoga body, mind and spirit.

Lilias has been featured in Time Magazine, which called her the “Julia Child of Yoga,” People Magazine, McCall’s, Vogue, Weight Watchers, Yoga Journal, American Express Newsletter, and the Chicago Tribune TV Magazine. She has been the subject of numerous feature articles in other newspapers nationwide. With all of this, Lilias cheerfully runs an active home and family life, enjoying canoeing, backpacking with her sons Michael and Matthew, 5 grandchildren, her husband of 50 years Bob, and golden retriever Patrick.