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After years of living a vicious cycle of overindulgence of food, drink and working I made a conscious decision to change my life.  I was 60 lbs overweight; I struggled with not just my physical appearance but my mental and emotional wellbeing.  I knew that for me there needed to be a mental “switch” to keep me on a path towards a healthy lifestyle.  I turned to yoga to help me turn that switch.  In August of 2013, I took the first step.  As I walked into the Bikram yoga studio I looked around the room of unfamiliar faces and I am not going to lie, I wanted to turn around and walk right back out.  Then I remembered years early when I had gotten the Bikram bug as a young fit woman and how amazing I felt.  Even if I had a long road ahead I knew that I had to start somewhere no matter how uncomfortable or difficult that first step was.  My mind raced with thoughts “I am the heaviest person in the room”, “I have no balance”, “I will never make any improvement”, “people are probably looking at me saying “look at her she doesn’t belong here”.  What I realized after that first class is that everyone in that room was there for themselves just like me.  I made a commitment to myself that I would make myself come a minimum of 4 times a week for the next 6 months.  Over the last 3 months I have kept that commitment and watched the mental, physical and emotional changes that have taken place.  I have lost 35 lbs and unknown inches off my body.  My clarity and decision making skills have sharpened.  My willpower and drive developed to a level that I can’t remember ever having.  I have never been more in touch or accepting of who I am as a person and how truly inspiring I can actually be to myself.  Each day as I step onto the mat and concentrate on where I am for the day I am amazed at my strength and I find myself breaking my focus to celebrate those little wins within my practice.  It might be holding a pose that I have struggled with for the entire posture or that first time I could touch my toes.  I am forever grateful for what yoga has done for me.