Gandha Bherundasana comes towards the end of the Vinyasa Krama Bow sequence. I had a couple of little looks at it last week but not really seriously. This morning I decided to jump right in. Loving this pose, got quite excited this morning when I caught the first glimpse of my toes, very strange experience, this is not where toes are supposed to be.
In Vinyasa Krama the hands tend to be clasped and the full extension of the pose seems to be with the feet on the head rather than on the floor beside your ears.
Here I'm working towards getting my feet on my head and am trying it with the arms spread, Ashtanga style. I've also tried to get the Ashtanga exit. At first I try it with a blanket under my shoulders and then without. Strange sensation feeling your throat pressed into the mat, Pranayama practice seems to be helping me not to panic.
This is a very intense backbend and there's no way I want to try it without the security of the wall as I'm terrified of flipping all the way over with my head staying where it is.