Backbend got a little better

I don’t work methodically on the backbend, but I have tried to get my shoulders, hips, and back to extend more. What a slow process! Still, I think my backbend/bridge is better than it was three years ago. My upper back is more flexible, and my shoulders and hips are just slightly more opened up. If the shoulders and hips improve more, I’ll be able to get my arms and legs a bit straighter and/or hands and feet closer together.
February 2009:

April 2006:

I’d like to be able to lift one hand at a time, even for a second, from this position, but right now it seems there’s no chance of this!