Three for three this week, four drops/stands per, 12 for 12.
I believe it's time that I actually began BELIEVING that I bend backwards.
Determination simply hit a head, I'm not sure quite what happened, but I had officially had ENOUGH of my own nonsense for August-September, and practice just erupted out of that, no holds barred. Kid wakes up at 4 am and keeps us up until 6? Doesn't matter; practice at 9, ends at 10:30, and was brilliant. I SHALL NOT be stopped in this.
So what's it been?
M: Primary, backbends, close.
T: Primary, Pasasana (didn't bind), backbends, close.
W: Primary, Pasasana (didn't bind but got further), backbends, close.
I think right now that I'm going to rebuild Intermediate the "right way," because I am very confidently dropping-and-standing and so I have the "proper" Primary for Intermediate. Poses have retreated a bit from spotty practice: right foot up in Marichyasana D makes for one HARD twist, but it'll return. A year ago I was binding Pasasana to the WRIST, and that'll return. I can put lefty behind my head in an upright Supta K entry but CANNOT hook righty back there (that'll return too).
I take six wheels in two sets of three, then come down, and drop-and-stand three times, no misses, no aborted attempts. I then do a fourth and final backbend, Kino style, with two walk-ins, a fingertip creep-in and a pressup for five from which I then stand. It's intense, but basically it's Kapotasana in an Urdhva Dhanurasana position and it gives me confidence for ACTUAL Kapotasana which I'll add in later.
I take the long closing, 25 breaths in each inversion, 10 everywhere else.
There's a tweaky ligament inside my right knee, from doing Lotus the wrong way (too much up and not enough "outside") and I'm fixing that. The major pose I cannot do is Urdhva Padmasana in closing, without my hands. That's simple to fix. In a couple weeks this'll be healed and then it's REALLY on.
I'm not that sore. Some in the outer hips, some in the mid back, some in the shoulders. Not that sore at all. Outstanding.