Those bad boys be bound!
This was my 2ND Kapo, the first one had gone well, felt comfortable and on a whim I decided to do another and film it. I've been working on trying to keep my legs steeper and get more length in my back. I think you can see that in the video I'm using the trick I used with my drop back, pushing the thighs forward just below the buttocks.
The focus on breathing probably helped too, really trying to breath into the chest here. The Vinyasa Krama Tadasana back bend work has also helped, made me much more comfortable bending back and keeping control of the breath as opposed to pretty much just holding it.
It's hard to get too carried away, seen too many amazing Kapo's but this feels a bit of a breakthrough, and according to Sweeney I can now go on to the next asana, oops I kinda did already.
One more point to make for all the home Ashtangi's out there. This was managed without any assists. No pushing the arms in or holding the legs up, no taking of the hand and guiding it to the heels. I had begun to think that I might have gone about as far as I could without assistance, but no, you CAN do it on your own, without ropes, props or assists. Of course visiting a Shala and getting the assists might make it happen a little sooner but if there's not one around or it's not your thing then just practice and all is coming ..... didn't someone else say that?