I feel like everyone has that one “big” posture that they are working to master. For the longest time, it was headstand for me. I rolled over so many times before I finally got the balance and back strength required to be steady in it. Now that I feel solid in headstand, I’ve had my eyes locked on pincha mayurasana.
The hardest part for me to even attempt pinchu is building up back strength. When you have your forearms shoulder-width apart and try to do a prep pose like dolphin (looks like downward dog except on forearms), your elbows tend to want to splay outward as your shoulder collapses. Kino MacGregor often refers to the shoulder girdle and finding strength in that to support the inversion.
My back is a lot stronger by doing dolphin and practicing by walking my feet up the wall. Lately, I’ve been practicing like the picture above to kick into it. I can hold it for maybe 3 seconds before my lower back starts to wobble. But I’m getting close!!!
What big pose are you working on these days?