3. Single straight leg stretch
Extend your legs towards the ceiling, hands on your knees, shoulders off the floor. Point your toes. Breathe out as you drop your left leg towards the mat, stretching it out in line with your hip. Simultaneously, pull in your right leg towards you. Breathe in swiftly, switch legs and breathe out as you pull your left leg towards you. Breathe out in a pulse and pull your leg towards you in a controlled pulse; breathe ’out, out’. Repeat 5-8 times.
4. Double straight leg stretch
Put your hands behind your head, shoulders still off the floor, extend your legs towards the ceiling and point your toes, heels together, toes apart. Press your legs together firmly, breathe out and lower your legs in a 45 degree angle. Breathe in and return your legs. Repeat up to 10 times. If this is too difficult for you or if you feel pain or twitching in your lower back, bend your knees above your hips and tap the floor with your toes without releasing the hips (keep your core muscles activated).