I took my first Bikram Yoga class on January 31st 2011. This was a period of emotional and personal turmoil, like I’d never been through before. I had no idea at the time that this Yoga would save me. During my first class I thought, as many do I’m sure, “These people are crazy, I’m never doing this again”! But the website and the instructor, Jake both told me to come back within 24 hours, so I did. My second class was a completely different experience and I think that was when I became hooked. I walked out of the hot room feeling energized yet completely relaxed, as if I’d had an intense workout and a 90-minute massage and meditation session all at once. I felt an inner calm that had been missing. After two months of semi-regular practice, I decided to do the 30-day challenge in April. I was worried that practicing every day might make going to Yoga seem like a chore and not something that I looked forward to. That was definitely not the case. I found myself enjoying it even more and was a bit sad after the 30th class. During the challenge was when I realized that the benefits of a regular practice do indeed go far beyond the amazing physical changes I saw my body go through. Being “forced” to spend 90 minutes everyday for thirty days focusing solely on myself was exactly the mental and emotional medicine that I needed. Through Bikram Yoga, I have survived what I hope will turn out to be the most difficult time in my life. I have gained an inner strength and confidence that I never knew was possible. I am learning to let things go and focus on the positive. I have realized that it is OK to take care of me first instead of putting myself last on my priority list. Most importantly, I now know that I am a strong person, inside and out, and I feel like I can do anything. Many thanks to Wendy, and all of the instructors at BYRB for creating a friendly, comfortable environment in which so many wonderful changes can happen.