Recognized as the “First Lady of Yoga” since her ground breaking 1972 PBS television series, “Lilias! Yoga and You”, Lilias Folan is regarded as one of America’s most knowledgeable and beloved Master Yoga teachers. Steeped in many different yoga traditions, in recent years Lilias relies strongly on her own personal experience and intuition to influence her teaching.

 

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 woman 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. Lilias’s 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. 

 

In Lilias’s own words: “I first began to establish the distinctive “Lilias” style of yoga in a darkened TV studio in 1972, teaching to a red light. But I never felt alone in that studio—I could always sense my unseen class. I pictured each student getting off the couch and sitting with me on the floor. Because I could not see my students, their comfort and safety in poses was always a prime concern. Going slowly through the postures, pulling them apart, and being clear about details and alignment became a style of teaching. The cameras used the body as a blackboard so the audience could see the poses and breathing from all angles. It was very important for me to explain everything I could about each pose and make sure I gave all the information needed to practice effectively and without injury. This was the beginning of Lilias yoga.”


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