Doing paschimottanasana on the back is really enlightening. Being on the back guarantees that the back is straight. The entire truth can be seen. The legs are engaged, so are the bandhas. Feet are parallel. The shoulders are supposed to be on the floor, too, but more doesn't seem possible. Not today.
Yep, the distance between legs and torso is rather large. Hehe.
I have the idea to practice paschimottanasana on the back from the book by Matthew Sweeney "Vinyasa Krama".
I'm learning the first sequence. It's not so exhausting like any of the Ashtanga series. But I was surprised what a challenge it can be to practice simple variations. The first sequence is rather close to the Ashtanga primary. To get differently than usually into a pose can become a challenge.
It's a good awareness exercise, too, to practice a different sequence.
Matthey Sweeney is an Ashtanga yoga practitioner for decades. Much thought and experience flew into creating the sequences.
It can be of great help to have some more modest yoga sequences in mind.
I feel ill and knowing this sequence allowed me to have a nice practice.
Not much is possible today. Time for a nap.