Took a break from dropbacks and attempting to come up again for a couple of weeks. This is my first time back in the saddle. Quite happy with it, felt much easier and the mat much closer than I remember.
Picked up on something Lydia said about dropping your shoulders down your back to give your neck more room to go back. I've also taken my shoulders back to try and bring my chest out and up more, The other thing I'm doing is sticking my backside out, ( This may be a bad idea see comments )all of this creating quite a curve in my back, then I bring my hands down and push my hips forward trying to keep the curve in my back the same. Feel like my backbend is a lot deeper before I even bring my hands up into Namaste, it's as if I have a head start. by the time I'm taking my hands over and trying to exaggerate my breathing I'm seeing a LOT of mat behind me.
First attempt to come up after dropping back felt promising, but I decided not to push it today and try and ease myself back into all this more slowly. I think I noticed something else too but can't put my finger on it, something to do with a feeling, for a moment, that my hips were pointing inwards rather than outwards.....I have no idea what I mean by this but can't help feeling it's something important for coming up.
P.S. It's Pancake day and I've got Sicilian lemons!