This exercise is an alternative to the classic mermaid. It allows for symmetry at the hips
To do this exercise you will need a mat. Start sitting with your knees bent and your ankles crossed. Reach both arms to the side as you inhale and then exhale as you place one hand on the ground and reach the other hand towards the ceiling. Then laterally flex your spine into the longest possible side bend.
Things to think about
As you are doing this exercise, imagine that you are sitting between two planes of glass. Make sure that your spine is bending to the side only. The tendency will be to pop the ribs forward or to round the shoulders
Remember that your spine ends with your skull. Be sure that your head is part of the curve.