This exercise can pose a challenge for those with tight hips. You can do this exercise in more of a "Z" sit position and focus on the heaviness of the low body as you stretch the waist-band and above.
- This exercise comes after the Kneeling Side Kick series and feels restorative
- Find your ideal side-sit position. Typically ankles, knees, and hips stack on top of one another
- With heels and knees to the left, square your "box" toward the front, eyes gaze forward, and lift your right arm to the ceiling. Note the length that exists between your fingers and hip.
- Side bend, reaching the extended arm to the left. Hold legs with the left hand. Once in the side-flexion, bend the top elbow to your ear and note the increase in stretch through the side body.
- With hand to ear, look to your feet, look to your knees, and from your center pick yourself up and cartwheel the arms to the opposite side for a counter stretch
- Move from your center to return to your start position. It is tempting to push off with the hand, however try to use more core and less of the extremity.