Sometimes it takes a lot to start a new practice. For people who aren't experiencing pain, just making the choice to start yoga can cause nervousness, and people often want to gather support from friends who are coming along.

For those of us with pain, getting a friend who has a similar issue to join us can be hard to find. In fact, it may make us even more nervous to ask someone who knows us to come along than it would to just go alone. Getting the courage to start to do yoga, especially when we know it is going to hurt, is truly a big challenge.

Here's the thing... the biggest, hardest part is starting. After that, you will know what is going to happen.

Yes, sometimes we have to endure some pain, while the body adjusts, to begin to practice. Even so, it gets better. The way we practice is not meant to hurt but to heal. The way we practice, we learn to discern the difference between the pain that means growth and the pain that we want to steer clear of. We do not go into the pain when we feel it, but back off, and allow the body to lead the way.

Know that we are all in it. I have been there, and I continue to listen closely to my body to know what is going to work, and what will not. I would love to share that with you. 

Let's do this together.