Open the chest and strengthen the back and arms to achieve a more upright posture with the classic leg pull:
- From a seated position, stretch hands behind hips with fingers facing forward. Lift hips off mat to create a straight line from heels to shoulders. Legs are turned out slightly, and inner thighs are touching.
- Press the hands into the floor so that arm and upper back muscles are engaged. Press into the outer edge of the right foot, and stretch the left leg as high as possible without moving anything else.
- Extend the leg up, and continue to reach it as high as possible. Attempt 10 higher lifts, and switch sides.
- Repeat four to five times on each side.