To this exercise you will need a mat. Start by lying on your side with your heels, pelvis, ribs, and head lined up with the back of the mat. Exhale as you find a gentle lift underneath the waist and then lift the leg to hip height. Inhale as you kick the leg forward and then exhale as you lift the leg higher than the hip and begin moving it towards the back of the body and the lower it to hip height and inhale as you pass the leg through the center again. Repeat 8-10 times in each direction.
Things to think about
Movement of the leg should not cause movement in the pelvis. Be sure that as you gain height in the leg movement that you are not allowing the top of the pelvis to move forward, back, or towards the ribs.
Check in with your head, neck, and shoulders with this exercise. As you increase the range of the circle, be sure that you are not pushing your hand in the ground to get a higher leg.