Once you have accomplished a solid bridge, you are ready to move to the standing backbend.
It should only be done after warming up your core and performing more moderate exercises like the macaco, gato and then bridge.
Make sure you have someone spotting you so you don't hurt yourself.
While standing, place your arms over your head. Your arms should be straight and tight with hand flat, palms up and fingers pointing behind you. Slowly arch backward and look for the ground.
Keep your arms locked as you move closer to the floor. This will ensure that you don’t hit your head when you land. Place your hands on the ground and keep your feet firmly planted. Your head should look back towards the floor while you hold the position.
Tip: Flexibility Helps
A standing backbend is easier if your back is very flexible. To increase your flexibility, get into a bridge (as described on How to Do a Backbend - Part I) and rock back and forth. After rocking try walking your hands to your feet. This will create a deeper arch and truly prepare you for the standing backbend.
Once you have mastered the standing backbend, it is time to move to the kick-over.
Remember, the backbend is not a move that you will quickly master – it will take some time. So be patient before moving to more advanced skills.
Perform a standing backbend.
When your hands are placed on the ground, kick your legs over your head to land back on your feet.
You may kick your leg up, but fall back into a bridge. That’s ok! This is a difficult move and will take awhile to gain strength necessary to complete it.
Once you learn how to do a standing backbend and a kick-over, you are ready to perform the actual back walkover.
follow these steps with a qualified teacher assisting you:
Start by extending one leg out in front of your body with your other leg firmly planted on the ground. Keep your extended leg straight.
Keep your hands up by your ears with your arms straight and locked tight.
Initiate the standing backbend and let your extended leg follow the natural motion of your body.
When your hands touch the floor, your front leg will reach over your head and your standing leg will follow.
You will finish in a standing position.