Paschimottanasna (Intense Western Stretch) is definitely one where the metaphor of "a steady drip of water hollows out stone" (i.e. patience & persistence) applies.
So many begin their Yoga practice with the torso and the legs at a 90 degree angle due to tight hamstrings. Perhaps due to many years of sports without much stretching or sitting in a chair all day at school and/or work for years (or both).
Not to worry, the hamstrings can lengthen out again and remove strain from your back. But it will take time. Give it about 8 to 12 months of consistent practice to start seeing significant change. There will be no immediate gratification here. No short cuts.
The hardest part is showing up. Greater than the reward of of having a stronger and more supple body is becoming the one who did not quit. Once you develop that muscle you can apply it to any seemingly insurmountable challenge that confronts you.
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Jason D Schramm