Let's take a look at the Single Leg Stretch. The purpose of the exercise is to build strength in the abdominal muscles and stabilize the shape, again, of the spine. So I'd like you to bend your knees, bring them in toward your chest, take a breath in through your nose. And first, just bring your head and your chest up. First thing I want to talk about are where the hands go.
So if we place them first on the right leg, she'll stretch her left leg long and out and possibly down in line with the hip. This outside hand has to be at the ankle, inside hand by the knee. Why is for the tracking and alignment. So this is one of the first exercises we really begin to talk about the alignment. So you might think of your knee in line with your cheekbone.
And then slowly change legs. We're going to focus also on the pelvic stabilization, which comes from the strength of the abdominals. And then she changes legs. Point strong with the foot, pull this knee close into your cheekbone, and begin to change. So Kristi's moving at a pace now a little more fluid.
You can inhale for two, exhale for two. Keep going. But I want you to notice the tracking of that knee to the cheekbone. She has stabilized the forward position of her upper body. That's strength in the abdominals.
You could eventually go a little faster. Maybe like this tempo. And four, three, two, and one. Put both knees into your chest, rest your chest down. The Single Leg Stretch.