Each body is unique. Each person is unique. I’ve found that I get the most out of my practice (and my teaching) with alignment. Too often, we don’t understand how the body is meant to be aligned in a pose and too often, teachers slide over that because we think folks won’t be interested and then won’t come to our classes. What’s advanced for one is so easy for someone else and vice versa.
Were you practicing at a studio while going through this? I’ve found that I’ve been able to make a great deal of progress in a pose pretty quickly of I ask one of my teachers about it, or if they notice something and give me an adjustment during a class.
That’s how those teachers happen- an inability to find what we are looking for and thus becoming it.