The actual pike bit is still untidy but I have it nice and controlled in my headstands so that should come. Oh and I tap off the wall at the top, it's untidy, it's not pretty but I'm going to claim it anyway. The interesting thing about it is that I haven't been doing a lot of arm balances recently, OK, a little Advanced A but not as much as I used to, which suggests it's not so much about strength (some obviously) as technique.
Here's the guy mentioned in the comments on boodie's post
Again this relates to another post at Boodiba's where she mentions her teacher suggested hopping straight into Sayanasana!!!! I've tried doing it, again, off an on from pincha mayarasana but can never hold it for more than a couple of ( quick) breaths. I tried hopping up of course and landed straight on my face. Boodie mentioned trying it in frount of a wall and I'm starting to think it's not just possible hopping straight up but even preferable. Still haven't got it, half a breath doesn't count, but hmmmmmm