Ever since I started doing the post-Kapo catpaw dropbacks last week, I've been popping and cracking everywhere: the sternum, the hips all over the place, the sacrum and its connection with the spine proper. Not constantly, but now and then I'll do something like twist in a seated position while watching a movie and KAAA-RACK, goes something in the low back. Or I'll lean back from typing here and KER-POP goes something in the rib-sternum connections. It's interesting.
Standing up from a backbend, round one. For the record, I've never stood from a backbend on my own. Grimmly's vids had me inspired, last week, to take my hands off the floor, to just sort of "jump them up," to see if I could do it. I could not.
This morning (a.m. for a change!) I was outside in the back yard, and it was fantastically beautiful, with violets and dandelions and blue skies and warmth. Primary, Intermediate to Kapo. No feet. So be it. Three Kapo hangbacks, and then hands to big toes, and a good Kapo B. Again, so be it. Opening hip flexors is all that is.
Supta Vajrasana solo, with rug rolled under the sacrum. Doable, but neither as fun nor as complete as assisted. Five wheels, three dropbacks (heels up on each one). Each time I dropped back, I made myself rock and push and tiptoe until I launched myself up and over and basically into an Ustrasana dropover, from which I then levered up.
I'd been told--some posts ago, by a flexy backbender--that coming to knees is OK as long as head comes up last. It did. So there is my "standing from a backbend," first round. The intensity in the hip flexors is EASILY the equal of dropping back, itself, and so I expect, with a summer of practices coming up, that this flexibility will develop and then drop-and-stand will all become easier and more accessible.