I'd read 'push your hips forward' over and over again and wanted to shout "I'm trying, already". Your brain is telling your hips to move forward but nothing seems to happen, maybe it's something to do with having your head upside down.
I was over at Nappper's blog this morning, THE place to be for backbends at the moment, and came across this post. While talking about some backbend exercises she uses the expression 'come up from the hips first'. Well stop me if you've heard it already but for me this was something new, something I hadn't heard before, or perhaps I had but it's only now that I'm in a place where it resonates.
Come up at the hips first.... or start at the hips which is how I remembered it during practice this morning. Made a difference right away. 'Push your hips forward' is kind of jumping right in there, 'Start at the hips' is a little more gradual.....I don't know, it's softer somehow.
Not sure it shows up in the video but it felt smoother, almost effortless.
Before Paris I wrote about the disappearance of 2nd series dread and how I was almost afraid to take a day off Intermediate in case it came back. Well four days without a full practice while in Paris, Primary yesterday, this morning was my first 2nd series and am happy to say, dread free.
Back to the backbends, noticed this evening that the dropback comes into the first Vinyasa Krama Sequence 'On your feet', built around Tadasana. I'd forgotten, in the book the direction is to drop back with your hands close to your feet, so pretty deep back bending in VK.