Crossed legs lumbar stretch

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Crossed legs lumbar stretch

Stage 1 (Right over left)

Starting position

  • Lie down on your back with legs together and arms spread sideways at shoulder level, palms facing the floor.
  • Cross the right leg over the left, bend the legs at the knees, wrap the right foot around the left ankle joint.


  • Breathe in. While breathing out lower the knees to the right towards the floor, simultaneously turning the head to the left.
  • While inhaling, bring the knees and head back to the centre.
  • This is one round. Repeat five rounds.
  • Repeat the same on the left side.

Stage 2 (Left over right)

Starting positionĀ 

  • Same as in stage 1, except that now the left leg is overĀ  the right. Breathe in.


  • Now repeat the same practice in the same way as in stage 1, five rounds.


  • If you cannot wrap one foot around the other ankle joint, just keep one leg crossed over the other.
  • You should be able to feel more stretch here, than in case of stage 2 of folded legs lumbar stretch.