Raised-Leg Sit-Up & Clap

Step 1

Start by lying flat on your back on a yoga mat, with your legs elevated so that your knees are in line with your hips and your shins are parallel to (in line with) the floor. Bend your elbows and place your hands behind your earlobes and engage your abdominal muscles by drawing your belly button in towards your spine. This is your starting position.

Step 2

Inhale. Exhale. Extend and reach your arms forwards — slowly lifting your head, shoulder blades and torso off the mat — to touch the palms of your hands together behind your legs. Ensure that it is your abdominals that initiate the movement, and that you do not use your arms to ‘swing’ your torso up.

Step 3

Inhale. Release your hands and slowly lower your torso to return to the starting position. Repeat for the specified number of repetitions.

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