Ahh, Downward-Facing Dog—so peaceful, so restorative, so blissful. And such a long journey to get to that point. Even though it may be a "resting" pose for me now, for a long time, it required just as much work and effort as any other strength-building posture. My shoulders would tremble, my back would round, and my hamstrings were so tight I thought they might snap if I held it for too long. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention my wrists. Holy cow, I remember thinking they would never feel comfortable!
Thank goodness I was wrong. Even the most experienced yogis had similar beginnings, and I always remind my students that in yoga, progress is inevitable. But until then, it's always nice to have some options. Am I right?