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Talking Shop with Lilias Folan

Long before the proliferation of celebrity yoga teachers, Lilias Folan was reaching out from the Midwest via public television to bring yoga to the common man and woman.

By Colleen Morton

YJ: What is your practice routine?

LF: Meditation and breathing practice each day in the morning. Sometimes I'm on the fly, and it will have to be in the evening. I do a good half-hour each day of asana, and an hour or so on the weekends. But I also go to a gym two times a week and let someone exercise me. And I visit other people's hatha classes. I'm an overgrown student.

YJ: What's your best piece of advice?

LF: Reconnect with your inner contentment and stillness daily. It's something that's always there, but we get out of touch with it. It's important to bring the witness self to the practice—that is one of the links inward. The witness judges not, observes all.

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Circe

Lilias is always an inspiration, the first lady of yoga. How about a full interview with Lilias today in 2009?

Evamarie Brettelle

You were my inspiration for starting yoga and I thank you profoundly. Any chance of getting the PBS yoga series on DVD?

louisemartin1953@yahoo.com

Dear Lilias Folan
I am in recovery in a Resource Learning Center in Taunton, Ma because I have a diagnosis of mental health and meds make us gain weight and Liz in our peer support group brought in your tape Alive and it was so inspiring for me and now I am looking for more of your tapes. It was noncompetitive and not intimatating and it was challenging but you went slow enough for us to see and you gave us hope to become more flexible because all of this fat is in our way. You looked great and were nice and made it seem possible for the beginner to achieve. Could you send me any more of you tapes or dvds either/or vcr. We are all ages and appreciate you and your work in yoga. Do you have any pilate tapes out yet? My address is 48 Taunton Green Apt 2 Taunton Ma 02780 Thank you if you do. Sincerely from all of us. Louise

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