Epiphany, from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, "manifestation, striking appearance"
Whatever the backbend, standing, supine, bow, inverted.... engage mula bandha to lift your hips off your femur heads and uddiyana bandha to lift up out of your pelvis.
In bold, highlighted, underlined ....so I don't forget.
Standing backbends are relatively easy (in the sense of less counterintuitive), you stretch up out of your ankles, your knees, your femurs, your pelvis... but what about when your supine or in bow, kneeling or inverted, how do your get that same action?
The first mini epiphany came last week, the epiphanette, which was to stretch out through the whole length of the legs while also stretching up out of the pelvis, like being stretched on a rack, pulled in both directions. I credit that with allowing my toes to reach my head in Raja kapotasana and Garbha bundhasana last week.
Stretching out through the legs though seemed to pull the hips down, how to keep the hips lifted while stretching out through the legs?
Bandhas, it's always the bandhas, engage mula bandha and draw your hips up off the femur heads, engage uddiyana and lift up out of the pelvis.
No doubt I heard or read this a hundred times before it manifested in the body and in the mind in one big, striking Ahhhhhhh moment.