...After all this is a practice not a performance... Progress and the mastering of any asana, difficult or not, takes time and patience. Although I now practice pinchamayurasana with ease now, it was not always so accessible for me. The mobility in my low back as well as the lack of core awareness made me go into a backbend in most of my inversion practices, and made it extremely hard for me to even find an upright line. The ability to find a straight line in my spine when upside down took a lot of practice, and some grueling core strengthening exercises. But I was not naturally strong, I started off barely being able to keep my elbows straight in down dog.
I'm sharing this progress picture of my Pincha, or forearm stand, to show you that will patience, practice, and devotion to yourself you can improve not only your yoga practice, but anything in your live that you put your energy into.
The image on the left, taken about a year and a half ago, was probably not held for more than a few seconds with a big kick up to get into that position in the first place. As you can see I am displaying a classic case of 'banana back..' My elbows are splayed and the weight of my body is not evenly distributed across my hands and elbows, meaning I'm putting a lot of strain on my shoulders and neck.
The 2nd picture on the right, taken 2 months ago in Vietnam, is much more upright, controlled and secure. I was able to easily press myself up into this pose and hold comfortably for as long as I needed to. I am pressing my forearms and hands down, repelling the energy of my body upwards so I am not sagging into the shoulder girdle. My ribs are hugged in, meaning my core is actively engaged, securing my low back.
If I am able to make such clear progress, than I guarantee that you can too.