Life Lessons from the Mat: #1

Life Lessons from the Mat: #1

I was reflecting the other day about the journey that I have been on for the last sixteen years and realized some of my greatest life lessons how come as a result of my Bikram Yoga practice.  Here are the top 10 things that I have learned:

Invest for the long run

When I first started practicing I went out and bought a no name yoga mat at a retail store.  I thought yoga mats were are all the same.  Even though I was practicing almost daily I didn’t see the value in a good mat.  As my practice progressed through the years,  I realized that my mat did not dry very well after a hot steamy class, it started to smell, and my knees hurt in several postures.  I decided to look around and asked my some of my fellow students about their mats.  I still remember a conversation I had with one student who said it was the best investment he had made.  He said we spend hours researching the best features for our cars, computers, and homes why shouldn’t we made the same investment in ourselves.  It was like a light bulb went off for me.  I had really never considered the investment in me with my yoga practice.  My yoga practice was something that I was doing to relieve stress and feel better about myself,  but I didn’t make the investment connection.  My practice and my attitude towards myself shifted as a result of this realization.  I decided that I was worth the investment.


Amy Clement is a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor and owns Bikram Yoga Lake Norman. She has practiced Bikram Yoga for over 12 years and still considers herself to be a beginner. She retired from the corporate world after 26 years to purse her passion of sharing this yoga with everyone.  

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About the Author:

Amy is an entrepreneur with a passion for whole-body fitness. Her training expertise includes Original Hot Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, wellness, business best practices, leadership, training and executive coaching. She is the owner of Bikram Yoga Lake Norman., Pathforward Acadamy and is the founder and creator of HOT 26+ Teacher Training. She has practiced Yoga for over 20 years and became a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor in 2012.


  1. Joy December 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    so what kind of mat was it and was it the one you decided on?

    • Amy December 16, 2013 at 1:33 am - Reply

      Joy, we are looking forward to having you practice with us in 2014!!!

      Buying a yoga mat is a lot like buying a mattress. We all have slightly different preferences and need to find the one that works best for each of us. I practice on the Black Magic Maduka Pro Mat.

  2. Maggie Stone December 13, 2013 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Amy~~Congratulations on your studio and website! I think the blog is a wonderful idea! Sharing your thoughts on investing in a good mat is so basic! What made you finally decide to invest in the $100 mat? When I practice and rotate my 3 mats but am not particularly happy with any of them. I’d be interested in the brand. I have weak ankles and have difficulty balancing – your know weight on big/2nd toe – so someone told me to get a thin mat – too much cushion is more difficult to balance; but, I have bony knees and kneeling in Camel hurts. Suggestions? Thanks. Congrats, again.

    • Amy December 16, 2013 at 1:33 am - Reply

      If I was giving a recommendation then I would ask the yogi two main questions. (1) what kind of flooring is used at your house studio and (2) what is most important feature your are looking for in a mat. For me, I typically practice on a hard surface floor (i.e. carpet with no padding) so the thickness of the mat is important. The most important feature for me is a mat that dries quickly since I practice hot yoga. These two items led me to the Black Magic Manduka Pro Mat. It is 1/4 inch thick, antimicrobial and come with a lifetime guarantee! I think the best testimonial is that it survived Bikram Yoga Teacher Training (90+ classes in 9 weeks) and still doesn’t smell. Other recommended option depending upon (1) and (2)

      Good Knees/Joints and you want convenience – Breathe Mats are a good option. Mat/towel combination and it travels well. Wash and dry (medium heat only).

      Good Knees/Joints and you antimicrobial mat – Kulae or PurEarth mats. Thinner mats but they are great for travel

      Need more support but want a lighter mat than Manduka Pro – Manduka PROlite mat durable and 3/16″ thickness.

      Travel Mat – Manduka eKO Super light mat. Weighs less than 2 pounds and can be folder. Not recommended to be cleaned in Washer is biggest disadvantage.

  3. Greg Schwartz December 17, 2013 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Amy- I’m so happy for you. I don’t get over to your area very often but when I do get there I will definitely see you in your new hot room! congratulations! I have a Manduka Pro and love it!

    • Amy December 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Greg, We would love to have you come practice with us when you are in the area!

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