So, lets check in and see how Uttanasana is going:
So what could I do? Well, first I could stretch my calves and Achilles tendons.
Now lets get some length in the torso. When you cannot pull with your hands, you can feel stuck. Well, let's fix that.
Place two blocks on the floor on top of a strap.
The next fun thing I learned from Anne Schultz, who learned it from Carrie Owerko. Yoga sometimes works like that.
Now fold deeply, smashing the rolled blanket against your thighs.
Keep yourself folded tight as you remove the blanket. It's like magic!
Compare this picture to the first picture. The camera angle isn't the same, but there is definitely more contact between my torso and my legs.
Here are two more fun things to try in Uttanasana.
Stand about 12-18 inches from the wall. Lean back to rest your buttocks on the wall, then fold forward.