Monday Mantra: Transformation



“Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

The season of Fall is a perfect season to observe changes in nature, in light, and in our energetic bodies. We all share these experiences. But what do you think of the definition of transformation as sustained change? Does this idea make you observe recent changes or obstacles or disappointments with a different perspective? How? And how does your practice on the mat inform this process?

3 Responses to “Monday Mantra: Transformation”
  1. Callie says:

    Sustained change…Sounds like the sunset. Lately I’ve been thinking about how our emotions wave up and down, or how our view of the world shifts as we learn and grow, but underneath these are constants. Constants like time; like Summer turning into Fall; like the mat. Things that you can count on moving. They are mediums and relationships through which we practice keeping up with the inherent changing nature of our constants. A yoga practice can not NOT evolve. ‘Change’ can be related to a singular event with a beginning and end, transformation implies continuum, movement, evolution…
    It means that life will continue to surprise you if you stay present in its motion!

  2. Marissa says:

    Transformation as a singular sustained change or transformation as sustained changes.. This makes me think of a shirt that Hannah Cullen actually wears a lot to dance. Her shirt has a quote on it that says something along the lines of “I have to change to remain the same.” It’s interesting to think about how there are multiple things constantly changing and happening both around and inside of us all and to even stay the same- we must be changing. And even staying the same may be a transformation in itself?
    As for my practice- I have to do a lot of shifting inside of my mind constantly through out practice, especially recently. With all of the rehearsals that I’ve been in these past few weeks, it’s extremely difficult to not get frustrated and defeated with my exhaustion. I’ve found that focusing on my breath and my thoughts with each breath allows a reset in my thought processes and allows a transformation from beginning of class to the end.

  3. Nick Dill says:

    I absolutely love this quote. I actually recently started thinking about New Year’s Resolutions as 2014 is wrapping up. I always laugh at the thought of such “commitments” because they generally only last for a few weeks. The change we promise ourselves to make does in fact lead to disappointment. But what we are actually looking to achieve is transformation. We don’t want to change who we are or what we do – but rather, we want to transform ourselves by enhancing what we already have. Rather than throwing away ourselves, we need to think about growth. This growth can only be achieved through practice and dedication. I will definitely alter my mindset as I set goals for this upcoming new year to include transformation rather than change.

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