So about 4-5 years ago I came up with this here little transition from the hip-opener cow's face pose into standing wide-legged forward fold. I coined it the Pici swivel (after my now maiden name). ;)
Try it out. It's a restoring combo of poses, from 2 of my all-time favorites! Your hips and hamstrings will be happy.
*Side note: Not so much a transition for those with bad knees or ankles. Always pay attention to your body in your practice.