Handstands look so cool when you’re not biting it on the pavement or in the living room in front of your friends!
Your escape plan
The Backbend Method
Take your handstand
Bend the knees
Slightly arch the top of the back
The Cartwheel Method
Take your handstand (it’s yours. You own it.)
Feel which way your body is swaying
Gaze in the same direction
Slightly pivot your body and windmill your legs
Land one foot at a time in a standing position
If you are not comfortable performing back-bendy poses, then you have another option: the cartwheel.
You don’t have to have a perfect cartwheel to fall out of your handstand this way. To use the cartwheel method, feel which side of your body is more inclined to cartwheel while you’re taking your handstands. So do you pivot left or right? To which side do you feel your body is being pulled? This takes a little intuition and a lot of body awareness.
When you perform your handstand you will feel a shift in your weight going to one side of the body. That is the side of the body to which your whole body will start to fall. Instead of collapsing in the arms. All you have to do is slightly pivot yourself to that side. Lower one foot onto the ground and the other will surely follow.
Send your gaze over to the side of the body wherein the weight is leaning, and you will find your cartwheel there waiting for you. This will leave you in perfect shape and in perfect health to bring yourself all the way back up and try again.
So, go ahead. I know you want to try this stuff out! Go warm-up first, and give it a go.