Lyn Marshall & Yoga

By catherine on July 16, 2015 | This entry has been posted in Vintage

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, HittlemanYoga teacher, broadcaster and writer, Lyn Marshall was born in London (1944 – 1992).  She was best known as a yoga teacher who appeared on our TV screens in the 1970’s.

Lyn Marshall specialised in introducing Yoga in an easy-to-follow fashion to those who were new to yoga. Through her books, recordings and TV programs, she brought yoga to an even wider audience than ever before.

Lyn Marshall’s Yoga TV Series & Release Dates

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, HittlemanHer first TV appearance was on the very popular ‘Yoga for Health’, led by yoga teacher Richard Hittleman.  Yoga For Health was a very influential show and introduced millions to yoga. Basically, like the keep fit features on breakfast television in the eighties, the audience were expected to keep up with the presenters / students Richard Hittleman, Lynn Marshall and Cheryl, as they went through their paces.

Yoga For Health always seemed to be around somewhere on ITV in the seventies, either before the evening news or on Sunday mornings.

In 1975 ITV decided to replace Richard Hittleman’s Yoga for Health with Lyn Marshall’s very own yoga show, ‘Wake Up with Yoga’ which aired at 11am on Sunday mornings.

After the success of her first series, yoga teacher Lyn Marshall presented more programmes to help viewers lead fuller, healthier lives.

Her TV series included:

1975  ~  Wake Up to Yoga (8 TV shows)
1976  ~  Keep Up With Yoga (12 TV shows)
1983  ~  The Tummy and Thigh Toner and Tummy Tightener
1983  ~  The Cat
1983  ~  The Tension Release

Lyn Marshall’s Yoga Book Titles & Publication Dates

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, HittlemanIn addition to her TV work, Lyn Marshall also began to write books on yoga which helped spread the knowledge of yoga to the wider audience.

Her book titles were:

1975  ~  Wake Up To Yoga
1976  ~  Keep Up With Yoga
1976  ~  Lyn’s Marshall’s Keep Up With Yoga
1978  ~  Yoga For Your Children
1982  ~  Everyday Yoga
1982  ~  Lyn Marshall’s Everyday Yoga
1988  ~  Instant Stress Cure

Lyn Marshall’s Yoga Record Albums & Publication Dates

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, HittlemanTo compliment her TV shows and books, she also released her own yoga vinyl 12″ LP record albums.

Her Vinyl LP Record Albums were:

1975  ~  Lyn Marshall’s Yoga Vol 1
1975  ~  Lyn Marshall’s Yoga Vol 2
1983  ~  Everyday Yoga

 

Through her TV series, her books and her record albums, Lyn Marshall was able to encourage thousands of British public to take up yoga.   Many credit the birth of their own yoga journey to Lyn Marshall.

‘The benefits of yoga are endless and wide ranging’ ~ Lyn Marshall.

The importance of the 1970’s to yoga in the UK should not be lost.  Through the introduction of yoga on ITV, the number of people practicing yoga in the UK increased tenfold from 5000-50,000 by 1971, and had doubled again by the end of the 1970’s.

It’s thanks to people like Lyn Marshall that yoga has become such a feature in our everyday lives.

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, vintage, rare, old, photo

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, vintage, rare, old, photo

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, Hittleman

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, Hittleman

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, Hittleman

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, Hittleman

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, Hittleman

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, teacher, famous, TV, television, 1970s, vintage, book, LP, Record, Wake Up with Yoga, Hittleman

Lyn Marshall, Yoga, vintage, rare, old, photo

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  1. Moira Miraziz says:

    I became interested in yoga because of Lynn Marshall when I was a teenager. I watched her programmes and used her audio cassettes to do yoga at home. I also purchased her yoga books and video tape. She made yoga accessible to all with her yoga made simple presentation for beginners and told us only to go far as can comfortably in the poses. She was a wonderful teacher, sad she is no longer with us.

  2. Mary says:

    Lyn Marshall introduced me to yoga via her TV shows when I was still at school. I hated PE and it was wonderful to discover a form of exercise I could enjoy doing without it being a competition.

    I’m a yoga teacher myself now – thanks to the seed she sowed all those years ago.

  3. Andy says:

    I got into yoga through watching Lyn on tv and here I am over 30 years later still doing yoga. She really was inspirational. So sad that she died so young but her life has touched so many people and here we all are so many years after her death sharing our good memories of her.

  4. Louise says:

    I remember watching Richard Hittleman, Cheryl and Lynn in the 70’s. I followed them and did yoga every day, I’ve just taken it up again.

    It’s sad that she died, but then we all do don’t we.

  5. Cherry says:

    Oh, I have such fond memories of Lyn’s TV programmes, and I had no idea that she had died.

    I used to watch her on daytime TV while I was at university. I had terrible low back pain in those days – I have no idea why – but learning yoga with her help completely cured me of that! She was amazing – made the poses so easy to understand and learn, and through that she made a huge difference to my life, since I continued practising yoga for many years afterwards. I still have my copy of Keep Up With Yoga, but plan to buy a replacement copy of Wake Up To Yoga to refresh my memory, now that I’m almost 60 and wanting to get back into yoga again.

    • Babs Tanner says:

      Oh, I am shocked to learn that Lynn Marshall has died.

      I, too, used to watch her daytime TV show and used to follow all her instructions. Like yourself, I cured my backache and went on to a healthy life. I can hear the title theme song in my head as I type! She used to be a classical ballet dancer, but stressed that yoga was far gentler to the body. As I read your comments, Cherry, I was thinking, “Yes! Exactly how it was!” The reason she came into my mind was that many years later and having lapsed somewhat, I thought of googling about her in the hope of buying a video and taking up her practice again. I now suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and feel that her gentle system may help.

  6. patricia fisk says:

    Bought her book in the early 70’s. Such an easy to follow and effective regime. Just coming back to her as I foolishly discarded the book!!!

  7. Glenn Aylett says:

    I can remember Yoga For Health being shown before the News at 5.45 and on Sunday lunchtimes depending on which ITV region you lived in. I think something like this in daytime would be a good idea again.

  8. Sarah says:

    My mother and I had yoga classes with Lyn, until about mid 1991 when she became ill with cancer.

    It has taken me a long time to find another yoga teacher.

    • Moira Miraziz says:

      Hi Sarah – you were so lucky to know Lynn. Memories you will always treasure. So sorry she got cancer.

  9. tim collister says:

    Does anyone know if lyn’s tv shows are available on dvd?

    Everyday yoga was released on vhs tape (amazon shows this as unavailable at this time).
    It would be nice to see the shows again!

    thanks,
    Tim

  10. Bernie Stratford says:

    I was a fat teenager when Lyns programmes came out and took up running and exercise to lose weight. I went from 16 st at age 18 to 11st 6 months later.

    I followed Lyn’s programmes and books to get supple and it worked. At 58 I am still around the 11st mark and incorporate Lyn’s movements into my fitness routine. I have just bought Wake up to Yoga and Keep Up With Yoga to carry this on. She was a beautiful learned lady who is sadly missed!

    Peace Lyn!

  11. Kate says:

    I am so sad she has gone!

    She is the reason I started yoga, I had her books when I was a child, well my mum had them, I would practice the poses every day! I lost touch with yoga in my twenties but now in my thirties I’ve started going to classes again.

    I feel I owe it all to Lyn.

  12. Steven Johnston says:

    Hi Catherine,

    Thanks for this article of Lyn. Great to see a complete list of her books and shows. Many of which can be bought on-line. Shame I’ve never been able to find any vids of her shows on youtube.

    RIP Lyn

  13. Stephen says:

    Great memories of a very special lady.

    RIP

    • Ann says:

      I have so many of this lady’s books and records and was glued to her shows. I never knew she died she just disappeared. Could you tell me at what age and from what she died………she was the epitomy of health.

      • catherine says:

        Hi Ann,

        She inspired so many to take up their own yoga journey. I don’t know what took her life, other than she was taken from us on the 4th May, 1992.

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