This exercise gives the body a chance to find the support for the spine from both the side of the body and then deep in the body.
To do this exercise you will need a mat and a soft ball. Start by lying on your side with your legs long beneath you. Your bottom hip will be on the soft ball. Inhale into the back of your ribs as you flex your feet and then exhale as you reach through both legs and allow them to float into the air. Inhale as you release and exhale as you lift them again. Repeat 8-10 times.
Things to think about
The most important part of this exercise is reaching through your heels. This allows you to find balanced strength on both sides of the body so that you can be long on both sides of the waist during the lift.
You can always progress this exercise further by suspending your body in the air on your elbow. Imagine how long your spine can be if you keep the ribs and the pelvis in line!