My teacher MB doesn't want us to kick up into sirsasana anymore and/or use a wall. He never taught it that way and doesn't believe it should be done that way. This then highlights how poor my upper body strength really is. I've always had a fear about sirsasana and remember how excited and happy I was when I finally decided one day that I was going to do it. Of course by kicking up and against a wall. But I did it. So now that I know I can actually hold myself up in sirsasana, I need to build the core and upper body strength to help me get up there in a more graceful fashion without using the wall.
Some of the things ST, NE and MB have suggested in the past and now:
- (NE) get ready for headstand but instead of trying to bring both legs up, hold each leg up (knee to chest) for 10 breaths each leg
- (ST & MB) to build strength - dolphin pose (4 breaths) to dolphin plank pose (4 breaths) and repeat several more times each day
- (MB) when interlacing fingers together, make the palms touch as well - this makes for a more solid foundation - try it, when the fingers are interlaced but the palms aren't touching, the arms tend to splay outwards when any pressure is put on them but they won't if you interlock the palms as well. it is much harder though than cupping the hands but it makes sense
The dolphin pose sequence is something that was actually suggested to me before by my teacher ST three years ago! I didn't really pay to much attention to it then because I could finally get myself up in sirsasana by using the wall. Time to take this piece of advice more seriously now. It really is magic watching someone glide up into headstand with their legs together and with purpose. I look forward to that day when it clicks for me as well but first; practice, practice, practice.