Dice broke down Sayanasana at his Saturday class this morning. I've been practicing Pincha Mayurasana with a strap at Jorgen's led class , and I find that using it has accelerated the sense of lift & balance versus that of a block between the hands.
Starting with the strap shoulder's width around the upper arms , I launched myself into Pincha Mayaurasana. The key was to raise the right hand first and place it under the chin , then follow with the left hand. Drishti : Nasagrai ( tip of the nose ) . And as my French associates or Jerome would phrase it , " Et voila, Sayanasana ! "
The other factor to bear in mind is to keep the feet extended in order to maintain the counter balance ; and breathe through it.
Using the strap created one of those "breakthrough " moments for an advanced asana. And even if I didn't pull it of today , there will always be as one of my favorite teachers puts it , " Next week ..... ". Practice, practice , practice.
Image via Light on Ashtanga Yoga .