I have a hankering for those press up's to handstand from forward bend or press up to jump back. Been coming back to it off an on for a year or so but never seem to get that much closer. Some progress yesterday though with something I picked up from Kino's DVD. It's that "bringing the shoulders further apart and the shoulderblades down your back" thing that I've mentioned as being helpful in my jump back. Tried doing that yesterday and found I was feeling much stronger and more firmly grounded. I started off with the jump to point of balance I've been doing lately, Kino style, but coming in a step closer to my hands each time until I'm in a normal forward bend. then the trick is to kind of hop the hips above the shoulders hold and then shoot the legs back to Chaturanga. This morning I took it a step further with a hop up and then, still in balance, bending the arms and lowering down as I shoot my legs back....makes for a softer landing, perhaps a little more graceful too.
Anyway it feels good and I'm sure this work will all come in handy for some of the second and third series arm balances one day. Here's the video from yesterday. Ignore the jump forward I was in two minds as to what I was doing and it's a bit of a mess.
To get that press up to handstand I mentioned, I'm also approaching it by getting into handstand walking the feet in 'till I'm up on my toes and then slowly raising mylegs up and then down and then up ETC......... normal headstand and also three point headstands.