so….i have a lot of handstand tutorials online. on youtube, i have 62 videos in my handstand mania playlist, including 31 handstand drill-a-day vids. and on my vimeo channel, it’s simply handstander’s paradise!
but there is one handstand video i’ve been wanting to make for years but just haven’t been able to figure out how.
you might think i’m talking about some complex jump or press or transition. but, no. i have videos to cover all that.
the video i’ve not been able to make is how to cartwheel out of handstand when you think you are falling. seems like it would be the easiest of all videos to make, doesn’t it? because it’s about falling. we are all pretty facile at that!
i mean, i know how to cartwheel out. i do it all the time. in fact, it’s been at least a decade (probably a lot longer) since i fell backwards out of a handstand. you basically pick a hand (with me, it’s always the left), step it forward a few inches (and maybe across, in front of the other hand if you are falling strongly to the side), and then take the associated leg (left for me) down to the side, followed by the other. i know that’s a crappy explanation, but you get the gist. if i made the video, it would be a lot clearer…
after years of thinking about how to present this, i finally realized this week why i never did: because in order to cartwheel out of a handstand, you actually have to have control of your balance–even while you are falling.
most people who want instruction on cartwheeling out want it because they don’t have control and they just keep falling over. but you can’t control your fall unless you can control your entire process. in essence, you have to know you are going to fall before you are going to fall and then pre-empt that fall with a lovely cartwheel.
by the way, there’s nothing wrong with flipping over if you know how to do it safely (i do have a video on that)! in fact, the benefit of flipping is that it is a symmetrical movement, so it is safer on your shoulders than cartwheeling (particularly the one that you would otherwise cartwheel into). and it doesn’t require any psychic knowledge of future flubs.
while, all in all, i think that cartwheels are less disruptive to a vinyasa practice than flipping, i also think there is a horse before the carriage aspect to this process. you want to cartwheel so you can get more control. but you have to get more control if you want to cartwheel…