Return to Life: #7 Double Leg Stretch

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On the Mat: Double Leg Stretch

– Roll Call!! Roll Call!! Second of  the “five of fire”. Roll Call!! Roll Call!!

Roll up your top and your tail, keep them steady as you reach out and pull in for your two way stretch!

 

What’s it good for?

🌟  Learning to create stability in your body whilst limbs are moving.
🌟  Learning to reach out and pull in – so we’re doing a two way stretch: “working in opposition”.
🌟  Strengthen your abdominals.
🌟  Learning to lengthen: spine and legs and arms.
 
The Double Leg Stretch is the second exercise of the “Five of Fire”, the same as the first exercise but the challenge is doubled!  Now we’re reaching out two legs at the same time – double the load![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/439690210″][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]
 
 

The Mechanics

Lie on your back with your head and upper back off the mat to the lower shoulder blades adn your les pulled into your chest.
 
Inhale – Reach your legs out  and your arms up overhead.  Do this without changing the C curve of your spine.  Lower your legs only as far as you can without your lower spine and ribs lifting off the mat.
Exhale – Draw your legs into your chest and seep your arms around to hold your ankles again.
For beginners – press your head into your hands and your hands into your head and reach your elbows toward your knees to begin.  Open your elbows out as your legs reach out as low as you can whilst keeping your lower ribs and spine on the mat.
For extra challenge
 

Hints and Tips

💡  Keep your elbows down, out and back wide.
💡  Imagine you’re holding a glass of your favourite drink on your stomach – don’t spill it.
💡   Imagine you’re wearing a tighten it one more notch!
💡  Imagine you’re trying to zip up some skinny jeans!
💡  Can you detect any imbalance between how your legs move?
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