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Lilias Yoga Workout Series For Beginners

Reviewing: Lilias! Yoga Workout Series For Beginners  |  Rating:
May Monten By May Monten on
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Lilias Folan was one of the first people to popularize yoga for American audiences, with her PBS show that started running in the early 1970s. She is still one of my favorite yoga teachers. She has a relaxed approach, and makes yoga seem like fun -- unlike many yoga teachers today who seem to take themselves too seriously.

This video is a 2-tape VHS set that contains four episodes of her TV programs. I'm not sure, but I think they are from the 1980s or 1990s. In any case, Lilias is middle-aged here.

Each half-hour show starts with a little talk, then postures and breathing, and ends with a guided relaxation exercise.

The relaxation exercises are exceptionally good. When I listen to them (I say listen, rather than watch, because they are done with one's eyes closed) Lilias' voice is soothing, and her directions are so clear that it's easy to visualize what she is saying, and I go into a state of deep relaxation.

One drawback: Having episodes that were originally made for an ongoing TV series means they are not as self-contained as exercise routines made specifically for video. So this is not a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of yoga.

But it's good for beginners, especially for people who might have found other yoga instructors too intimidating. This is anything but!

Because there are so many Lilias collections with similar titles, it might help if I tell you that in the cover photo on this one she is wearing a green top and resting her chin on her hands.