This is about something I concentrate on while in this pose. Some of you call it the “Twisted Grip V” or the “Twisted Grip Ayesha/Aysha.” I see many students go into their straddle without bringing their pelvis away from the pole. If you get used to this, it creates a problem in the future if you want to try “threading” your leg or maneuvering your leg(s) around the pole. (I’ve seen and heard many a knocked ankle, shoe or knee against the pole because of that.)
Next time, ask your instructor to spot you as you try to lean your pelvis AWAY from the pole while bringing your legs lower. You will feel a pull on your top arm and you should feel more stable, too.
Food for thought. Good luck!