"You must learn basic math before taking on Calculus," I actually said this to a student once. She wanted to contort herself into a bind that her body was in no condition to attempt. The ego had taken over.
If you follow the yoga world at all, then you are completely bombarded with images of poses that are extremely advanced. On the face of it, there is nothing wrong with showcasing spectacular feats of yoga, however, I do take issue with showcasing these poses without explaining the work that goes in before achieving it.
My experience with half Visvamitrasana was completely unexpected. I was attending a workshop class on advanced asana (posture) taught by the (dare I say magical?) Naomi Gottlieb Miller. I knew that we were doing binds and transitions because I requested that we practice going from bound angle pose to bird of paradise.
Achieving the poses to a certain degree was awesome but there was something else offered of more value: the importance of studentship. Reviewing and strengthening foundations and asking why. The hallmark of a great teacher is her willingness to stay a student. And I am a great teacher.
Check out the video. I begin with the Half Visvamitrasana and then show you some of the fundamental poses that it took to get there. I did several reps of the basic poses to prepare but also keep in mind that I have been doing the foundations for over a decade so my body may be more prepared than the average person. Keep with your fundamentals of the practice and the rest will come.