Richard Freeman Ashtanga yoga The Intermediate series DVD
If nothing else my Pincha Mayrasana is getting stronger. Forming my lotus a little better too. Still keeping it shallow while I build confidence. Sooner or later I'm just going to have to bind it good and tight and be done with it.
Second attempt in the video I lower my head to the ground after forming the lotus while attempting to bring it down. Apart from making it more stable I'm able to align my body much better (first picture below) Must be able to find a way to keep that same alignment while coming up off the head. The second picture is of the third attempt as I attempt to bring the lotus down. Looking at that alignment you can see I just don't have a hope and I crash and burn a moment later.
Want to play with the position in first picture. Go up to Pincha M, fold my lotus, lower my head to the mat and bring it down to where I am in the picture but then play around with lifting back up onto my forearms while trying to keep the same alignment.
This is the kind of thing I'm after, but look how straight the arms and shoulders are.