Shortly after stepping foot into your first yoga class, or onto a mat with your first yoga DVD, you will begin to encounter the idea that yoga is transformational. You will begin to read stories, and hear people's stories talking about how it has transformed them. You may nod, you may agree, and you may wonder how/what/when. Pay attention. It is, and it does. Maybe it's simply being introduced to the idea of paying attention: to where your toes are facing, or how your hips are positioned, or to the idea that there is something to pay attention to; maybe it is the first time you notice your thoughts racing around inside your head; maybe it is the first time you really figure out what it means to "root into the earth" or shift your shoulder blades back and down. Maybe it is this weird craving to suddenly fold your body forward or adopt a warrior pose in the middle of the kitchen while doing dishes. Or the almost physical yearning to try that headstand once again or lay in child's pose. It happens. You can't avoid it. You may not notice it, until eventually one day you feel different inside. Or outside. Or both. Or you access a pose you previously couldn't fathom either mentally or with your body. Or maybe it's the very first time you notice that your breath only goes into your chest, and then one day you deliberately move it into your ribs. Yoga IS transformational whether you notice or not. And eventually you will notice.