This has been a breakthrough week of sorts. First, it was getting into Garba Pindasana without the Garba Juice (spray bottle) and add to that, rolling with my hands on my head. Whoa!
Beryl Bender Birch sneaks Bakasana into the Primary Series on her DVD, so I practice it somewhat regularly. This week, I managed to set up in that pose by bringing my knees into my armpits. I can come up higher than I did before (legs on triceps) *And* I now have a smooth, effortless jumpback into Chaturanga, which feels a bit like flying.
In my Wednesday evening Hatha class, I decided to teach Bujipadasana for fun. I did a demonstration of the pose first - and warned the class not to be alarmed when my forehead slammed into the floor (”Brain damage is part of the learning process - don't try this at home, kids!”). Imagine my surprise when, smoothly and with great control, I lowered my head to the floor. I was so surprised I nearly keeled over. When I admitted that this was a first, my students applauded! *blush*
Then I did it again this morning.
I also bound to wrist in Marichyasana D on both sides, easy as pie.
And my backbends feel significantly deeper this week.
All is coming, and sometimes it's coming all at once.