When you’re not straining, your ability to breathe and focus on the intention of a pose is a lot easier.
Use an assist to meet you where you're at today, like a block to “raise the ground."
Practice Tip of the Week:
I love the elbow-to-knee assist in Extended Side Angle, but I also invite you to try it out with a block. You can start at the highest block setting, and gradually work as deep as feels good for you! Ground through your hand--push down into the block--and stretch your lifted hand in the opposite direction, balancing your shoulders around this line. Remember to prioritize your breath