I can't seem to lift my hips higher in this pose, was it because of my shoulders aren't opened enough?
Try to pull shoulder blades close to each other to support the chest.
Another thing that we should try is to lift through our feet. Step our feet firm into the mat and not merely supporting our body on our arms. This will help to reduce risk of hurting our wrists.
Most importantly is to keep our neck relax in this pose. Keep it neutral to the spine.
Feel the strength and stretch on the thighs and the spine.