Lilias, Yoga and You

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Lilias, Yoga and You
Created byLilias Folan
Presented byLilias Folan
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes500[1]
Production companyWCET Cincinnati
Original release
ReleaseOctober 5, 1970 (1970-10-05) –
1999 (1999)
Lilias! Yoga Gets Better With Age

Lilias, Yoga and You (later shortened to Lilias!) is a PBS television show hosted by Lilias Folan, a Cincinnati, Ohio based practitioner of yoga as exercise. The show first aired on October 5, 1970 on Cincinnati PBS member station WCET and three years later was carried on PBS across the United States, where it ran until 1999.[2]

Yoga presenter[edit]

Lilias Folan (born 1936) began to practice yoga as exercise in 1964,[3] and was soon teaching at the YWCA in Stamford, Connecticut.[4] She studied asanas under the yoga masters T. K. V. Desikachar, B. K. S. Iyengar, and Angela Farmer, and gained wider knowledge of yoga under the Sivananda Yoga masters Swami Vishnudevananda and Swami Satchidananda. She joined the Connecticut ashram of the Divine Life Society led by Swami Chidananda. In the 1980s she met Swami Muktananda, creator of Siddha Yoga, who told her to teach meditation. Through her show she became known to Americans as the "First Lady of Yoga".[3][5] She is married with two sons and seven grandchildren.[3]

Lilias! Yoga Gets Better With Age[edit]

WCET premiered Lilias! Yoga Gets Better With Age in March 2006, highlighting Folan's career and exploring the impact yoga has on the mind, body and spirit.[2]

Books and other media[edit]

Folan has published four books: Lilias, Yoga and You (1972), Lilias, Yoga and Your Life (1981), Lilias! Yoga Gets Better With Age (2005), and Lilias! Yoga: Your Guide to Enhancing Body, Mind, and Spirit in Midlife and Beyond (November 1, 2011)[6][7]

Several VHS and DVD recordings of her yoga routines have been released, plus an audio-only book, Lilias Yoga Complete (1987),[8] and one meditation CD, The Inner Smile (1998).[9]


The music playing during the show's opening credits was "The Valley of the Bells" from Maurice Ravel's Miroirs.[citation needed]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Journey: Writings About Lilias". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
  2. ^ a b Lilias! page,; accessed July 26, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Gates 2006, pp. 61–64.
  4. ^ Kelley, Tracey. "Interview with Yoga Expert Lilias Folan". LoveToKnow. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  5. ^ Schneider 2003, pp. 10–15.
  6. ^ "About Lilias". Archived from the original on 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
  7. ^ Lilias Folan (November 2011). Lilias! Yoga: Your Guide to Enhancing Body, Mind, and Spirit in Midlife and Beyond. ISBN 9781616084516 – via
  8. ^ Lilias Folan. "Lilias Yoga Complete (Audible Audio Edition)". Amazon. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  9. ^ "Lilias Folan, Steven Halpern - Inner Smile". Amazon. Retrieved 2017-07-27.


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