Most students... when told to 'look at your hands" will tilt the chin TOO MUCH. They should learn to work into and out of a handstand with momentary glances to where the hands & feet should be placed... but rely upon good biomechanics (rather than instinctive comfort) for well-formed tumbling.
Interestingly, I've recently found that a 'perfectly relaxed' head position... (in the handstand) creates a rather ideal 'neutral' position.
I recommend finding ways to get your students to learn
to 'dangle their head loosely' from their shoulders. (when upside down)
. That usually REQUIRES that they LEARN to identify "Chin on Chest",
"Lift your Chin"... and turn/side-tilt positions also... so
they recognize WHEN they are using muscles in the neck to HOLD a position
of the head...and when everything is relaxed and the head is truly neutral.
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