I started Bikram in 2002 as a New Year’s resolution and haven’t stopped. I thought that I’d get in shape, improve my posture and get a break from the gym routine. What I actually got was a degree of humility, self-acceptance, patience and compassion (as well as the health benefits!) I have not been blessed with natural flexibility and often times my practice feels like “slow-ga” rather than “yoga.” However, little by little my breathing improves, my focus sharpens, and I go deeper into the asanas. When I compare myself to the person next to me in class, I can get frustrated. When I compare myself to myself I am amazed.