Alrighty, so you read the cues for properly entering the prep pose of half lift, or at least I'm assuming you did (if not, click here to give it a quick little review). Time to start mastering that delicious pose of forward fold.
Alignment in preparatory poses is just as (if not more so) important as the alignment of the "climax" pose. So let's take a look at some prep poses you can tweak to help you dive deeper into your asana.
This is one of those fundamental poses that I find to be so intense each time I perform it. It doesn't matter how much I warm up my spine, side body and chest. But, it is one of my top quick go-to's when I need to relieve anxiety and fatigue.
So you wanna get head over heels... or maybe I should say heels over head? Continue your journey towards becoming an inversion junkie with a straight Pincha! Even with how challenging this asana is, I still find it to be a fun time. Whether I'm struggling to get in it, collapsing out of it, or shoulders burning while holding it... I know I didn't make the posture sound enticing at all, but once you give it a try, you'll see how much fun can be had in the process.
The Mother of shoulder stretches - Dolphin Pose. If your shoulders are tight like mine, then this pose is one you give a begrudging sigh to before convincing your body to comply. And, let me not even mention the stretch on my hammies!
Even so... this pose is strenuously yummy. Not only is it a good prep pose for forearm stand, but it does wonders for opening, and strengthening the shoulders and hamstrings.