I didn't manage to come up in Karandavasana yesterday but came up with another way of working towards it. Urdhva Kukkutasana A, nicked from 3rd SHhhhhhh. The idea is, you have to make sure you come down a lot more slowly in Kukkutasana, you can't cheat and whiz down or you'll take your arms out. Also you have to stay engaged or you drop on your ..... lotus, and my backside is too bony to make a habit of that. (thank god for manduka!).
Now I haven't managed to hold it long enough to see if I can go back up again yet but I'm thinking I'm not going to be as locked up as I am in Karandavasana so I might be able to work on that lifting motion more freely and then transfer the whole process over to the Duck.Nice plan, best of all it's a fun asana to work on and you know I'm a sucker for handstands.
From this morning.
Managed to hold it but am collapsing my arms at the elbow, isn't this where I go wrong in Karandavasana too? Need to keep my arms unaffected as I bring myself back up in both asana. Must stop my chest from going forward too. It's not so much that I need to pivot at the shoulder but that as I bring my pelvis and back up the motion shouldn't go beyond my shoulders. More and more convinced that I can nail this in Kukkatasana and that it'll be transferable to Karandavasana, probably Press to handstand too.....in fact everything, Swine flu, you name it this is the cure for everything.