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Stretch and Flex Exercise #17
Side Straddle
  first picture of straddle side stretch
  • Keep a straight back, with your ear, shoulder, and hip lined up
  • Have a slight pelvic tilt
  • Place both your legs straight out to the sides, with your knees and toes pointing to the ceiling, in the straddle position
  • One arm reaches straight up toward the ceiling, your upper arm should be close to your ear
  • Your other arm is down with your hand touching mat
  • Take a deep breath in, exhale as you begin to stretch
  second picture of straddle side stretch
  • Exhale as you lean to the side
  • Your arm over your head stays straight remaining over the ear, palm flat towards the mat
  • Move your hand on the mat to your leg, extending it toward your foot
  • Continue to breathe slowly and deeply, exhaling as you extend the stretch
  third picture of straddle side stretch  
  fourth picture of straddle side stretch
  • Extend the stretch by bring your lower arm in front of your leg, hand reaching towards the foot
  sixth picture of straddle side stretch
  • Stretch variation: after initial stretch is completed, rotate at the waist so your chest is over your thigh, with your forehead facing your knee
  • Place you arms on both sides of your leg with your elbows touching the mat
  • Keeping your chest as close to your thigh as possible, rotate back to the final position of the side straddle stretch


last published: 4/1/18