Starting Position: Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart. Your left foot is pointing forward and your right foot pointed to the right. Arms are by your sides. Line up the heel of your left foot, with your right heel. Engage your abdominal muscles to stabilize your spine. Pull your shoulder blades down and back. Do not allow the back to arch. Hold your chest up and tilt your chin up slightly.
Reach your left arm straight into the air. Your arm is close to your head and your palm is tuned toward you. Keep your shoulders down, letting only the arm lift. Place your right hand lightly on your right leg.
Slowly drop your right shoulder letting your right hand move closer to your right foot. Continue reaching up and over with your left arm as you move into a side bend. Keep the abdominals braced and your head in line with your spine. Your weight should be distributed evenly through both legs. Keep the chest open and your right arm in line with your ear. Do not allow the shoulders to roll toward the floor.
Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds. Repeat for a total of 2-4 repetitions. Move into the stretch a littler deeper with each repetition. Repeat on the opposite side.
When sliding your hand down your leg, make sure you do not allow your hand to rest directly on your knee. Place it above or below depending on your flexibility. Your hand should rest lightly on the leg, not support your body weight. Do not compromise form in order to reach your hand closer to the ground.