Fell on my face during this morning's practice. After my fifth navasana, I lifted my body off the mat, and attempted to lift up into handstand. I got my hips to where they were directly above my shoulders (or so my prioproception tells me; I obviously couldn't see my shoulders at that moment), and then extended my legs up into the air. They actually stayed up (exciting!). Then I tried to extend my arms to lift up into handstand. For some reason, my arms gave way, and I fell on my nose/mouth. Fortunately, my apartment is carpeted, so no teeth were lost (FAQ: How many Ashtangis have false teeth as a result of accidents during the practice?).
I just got some useful advice from Boodiba/Queen of the East Village about how to work on this transition. Thank you Boodiba! Will go at it again tomorrow.
This is, in my memory, the second time I have fallen on my face during practice. The first time was earlier this year, at my teacher's shala in Milwaukee. I was trying to come down in Karandavasana, and my arms gave way as well. That resulted in a slightly bruised upper lip. My teacher's response wasn't so sympathetic: He smirked, and said, "This won't be the first time." Turns out he was right.
But there is a positive side to this whole story. For those of you out there who have great fear of falling on your face, I am living proof that it is not all that bad. Oh well, maybe I shouldn't jinx myself by saying this: There's still tomorrow morning's practice.