First up: Bhujapidasana. I've been wondering why I can't seem to bring my chin to the floor. Every time I venture to try, the back of my neck feels uncomfortably crunched and I nearly break my nose. From what I can tell, looking at the video, my back is rounding way too much. It needs more extension. Looks like I need to focus on leading with the sternum and hinging rather than rounding forward.
Still polishing the exits from these poses. I used to flex my feet very strongly when swinging back into Bakasana. For some reason, I seem to have dropped that technique. I should probably pick it up again. As I recall, it really helps with the lift not only in the legs, but all the way up into the belly. Kurmasana is good. I love this pose for it's balance of strength and stretch and I've never had a problem lifting my heels. Then there's Supta Kurmasana... My back is WAY too rounded. No wonder I can't get my feet behind my head. Must extend, elongate, lengthen, and grow. That's my new Supta Kurmasana mantra.
I also recorded the on-the-knees backbends to see what's happening there. Surprisingly, they look pretty good and, more importantly, they feel good. Now I'm just trying to eliminate all the preparatory fuss and resting breaths between poses.
Kapo A is coming along nicely. Still haven't reached the heels, but I'm sure it will happen in time. Kapo B is INTENSE. My hands still want to slide forward and my wrists try to lift from the mat. I can't quite get the arms straight, either, and I don't feel any considerable progress in that regard happening from day to day. Maybe I should spend some time hanging off the side of the bed each day...
BAGH! So much extra-curricular work involved in this practice. Now I have not only my daily practice which runs in excess of 2 hours, but also regular tennis ball trigger point massage, a hip opening routine to build up to the leg-behind-head postures, shoulder stretches to counteract the soreness from the backbends, and bed hanging to open up the chest and armpits for Kapo. Not to mention daily meditation and pranayama... It's a lot. My life has officially been hijacked by the yoga.
Listen to me... complaining about yoga. Who am I kidding? I love every minute and wouldn't have it any other way.