Move with compassion and a sense of adventure in this focused practice sequencing towards Bird of Paradise. Cultivate internal fire with preparatory core work, warm and stretch in Sun Salutes, and open and strengthen the hips and legs in standing poses, Lizard, and Yogi Squat (Malasana), before slowly and mindfully playing towards our peak pose. You will feel nourished and joyful inside and out.
Lovely to be practicing with you again, dear Rosemary Garrison !! (Re. getting into BofP: I have discovered that a block placed under the foot of the leg that is being raised allows me to get into it much more easily. It's that first 4 inch elevation that are sooo difficult for me!)
Thanks for the feedback and question, Jenny P . I would say go slowly through all of the preparatory poses and pause when you feel you're at your edge. If your body feels good in each stage, carry on. You may find yourself in bird of paradise! If not, just continue with the process and eventually the full pose will unfold. Enjoy!