By Miriam Austin
Sit on some folded blankets or against the couch.
Stretch your legs out to the side. Flex your feet (point your toes toward the ceiling).
Lengthen your back and lift your sternum.
Keeping your back straight, bend slightly forward from the hip crease, which is the place where the front of the hip and your leg meet.
Important note: Bend forward only to the degree you can keep your back straight. For most of us, this is not very far!
Once you've gone as far as you can, hold the pose for 30 to 45 seconds, increasing the time as you progress.