Happy Holidays From Hot Off The Mat!

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Hot Off The Mat Turns 1!

How time flies when you are having fun — and doing yoga — and writing about it. Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary for Hot Off The Mat. It has been an incredible year of sharing my experiences both on and off the mat with you. Thank you to all of my readers for your support, likes, comments and just for reading. It is a wonderful community for me, and I hope also for you.

This week, click through to enjoy some of the most popular posts on Hot Off The Mat this past year.  Enjoy and Namaste!

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Welcome to Hot Off The Mat – A Bikram Yoga Blog

Hello and welcome to Hot Off The Mat, my new blog about Bikram Yoga.  I have practiced regularly since February 2010 and it has changed everything.  I have more energy, a leaner and meaner physique and greater mental clarity.  If for some reason, I have not been to class in a while, my children often remind me to go — even they can see the difference in my attitude.

I began practicing almost by accident.  I had recently left my job and was looking to get back into shape, but was unwilling to walk too far to get to a workout place.  There was a Bikram Yoga place 3 blocks away (I live in NYC) so I thought I would give it a try.  I walked in just to take a look and was overwhelmed by the smell of sweat and dripping bodies.  As a germaphobe, I thought there was no way this was for me, but somehow I ended up back there the next day for a trial week.  My first class was a challenge to say the least, but my teacher took such good care of me and the other students were so encouraging, that despite my sore and aching body, I decided to come back.  And as they say, the rest is history.

Fellow yogis, how did you start practicing?