One week down, one to go.
Felt I'm making some progress with this at last. Managed to get the kind of body alignment I was after with my head up that I was getting yesterday with my head down.
It's an effort but should get easier over the next couple of days. Think with this alignment I should be able to get my lotus all the way down to my arms. Whether I'll be able to take it back up again is another matter.
I was watching Richards DVD again and in Pincha Mayurasana he says "Look at a point on the floor between the elbows"....really? I was looking closer to my thumbs.
Think it's what made the difference with my alignment though. Hard to jump up with the gaze there, so I'm looking mid forearm to jump up, then take my gaze back to between my elbows which seems to straighten everything up. I try to make sure my gaze doesn't wander beyond my thumbs.