There's a lot of Leg behind head of course, but once I managed Dwi Pada in Intermediate I figured that the LBH facility would just take care of itself, later rather than sooner perhaps but eventually. As it happens perhaps it'll be sooner thanks to the last couple of weeks of Vinyasa Krama.
However there's one pose in 3rd that was a deal breaker, that put me off the whole series and gave me the Heebie-jeebies, made me think I could only ever flirt with the series and never practice it seriously.
The Splits! The splits for heaven sake, no way this 45 year old guy is ever going to do the splits.
And yet what did I find this morning in my Youtube Subscription update, our old friend Lucas Rockwood (remember the great backbend Vids) with a tutorial on the splits.
He makes it look doable, no? I even have the blue blocks lying around here somewhere. Plus Vinyasa Krama has a sub routine on this, Visesha Vinyasa - Anjaneyasana, it starts with godhasana and then leads into and through loads of Hanumanasana variations and prep poses. Ashtanga , as much about overcoming 'The Fear' as about anything else, no?
* Picture by Emanuele Scanziani from his/her book of drawings of yoga Asana, Metamorphosis