I’m curious why you did not respond to my post though? But perhaps you responded to it elsewhere.[/QUOTE]
I just wasn’t feeling that good, still don’t.
I was using the directions I saw in a book called A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.
I wasn’t using props, I did sarvangasana starting flat on the floor. I would slowly raise my body and the legs up, trying to mostly use my abdominal muscles. I think I was breathing out as I was raising my body but I can’t remember exactly. I wasn’t really retaining breath either if I remember correctly, especially at the final pose. Anyway, I had my legs all the way up and the buttocks, I had my arms supporting the lower back and pushed the chest forward so that it would press against the chin. I stayed in this position for 1 minute. When coming out of the position I would fold the straight legs over my head so that the feet were above and behind the back of the head a little bit and then place my arms flat on the floor, lowering the buttocks and gradually rotating the legs over the top of the head and lowering them to the ground slowly. As the book explained “The legs should touch the floor in the same way that a falling leaf would touch the ground.” I might have been doing something wrong because sometime my lower back would hurt.
I did Bhujasana afterwards because the book said to do a counter-pose after doing Sarvangasana. It said that Bhujangasana was one I could do. When doing Bhujangasana I did bend my head back, but the directions in the book said to.
Hopefully I explained decently.
Thanks guys for responding btw. I won’t be doing yoga again anytime soon unless I get direction from a qualified teacher instead of just books and video. I think I might still do Ujjayi breathing though because I find it relaxing and it doesn’t seem dangerous at all.