A milestone has been reached. I'm able to practice supta kurmasana alone without adjustments. I go via dwi pada sirsasana into this pose, a second series asana. One reason more to practice rather soon second series. Those yoginis with not so super long limbs have to cross the ankles behind the head and not in front of it when practicing this pose.
My joy is great and also those remarks here that might sound a bit critical don't make my joy any smaller. I worked years for this pose. There is still a way to go.
I cannot take care or the correct vinyasa count. Not yet. I need more breaths, to practice slowly is for my safety. I must feel my limits, I need time to stretch my legs before I take them behind my back. And I take this time.
One must be able to keep one leg (the left one) behind the head without holding it. The left hand must be on the floor to prevent the body from falling forward. The body is slightly forward otherwise one would role backwards. With the right hand one can push the right leg backwards. I try to bring the shoulders in front of the leg. The correct breathing helps to bring the right leg up and behind. I inhale when I lift it, I also lenghten the upper body. With the next exhaling I try to bring it backwards and cross the ankles.
In order to lower the body to the floor it makes sense to have the hands in front of the body not too close to each other. Only then it's also possible to free them from the position, when the head is on the floor.
In order to hook the fingers behind the back, the idea helps to hook the fingers as close to the head as possible. This is the shortest way.
It would be nice to go from tittibasana A to bakasana. When my left leg doesn't hurt anymore I'll work on this.
Supta kurmasana is a key asana of the first series.
Next milestones of primary are coming up from urdhva dhanurasana and the vinyasas, jumping forward and backward without touching the floor. Whatever comes next. I enjoy a lot that I can do this pose now.
It's Friday evening. We go out. Greek restaurant tonight.