Stretch to open hips, thighs
If you're not limber enough to hold your foot, hook a strap or a towel around it. (Charles Bush photo / March 13, 2010)
1: Lying on your back, bend your right knee into your chest. Keep your left leg extended straight out on the floor in front of you. Straighten your right leg, holding the outer edge of your right foot with your left hand or using a strap. Press the thumb of your right hand to the top of your right thigh where it meets your torso.
2: Without allowing your right hip to roll completely off the floor (as you would in a lying spinal twist), move your right leg across your body to the left side until you feel a gentle stretch running from your outer right hip down the outside of your right thigh. Continue to press the right side of your buttock toward the floor (it's OK if it lifts a few inches). Pause for three to six full breaths. Lower your leg and repeat on the other side.