Mermaid/ Side Bend: Sit on your right hip with your legs bent to the left next to you. Let your knees part to a comfortable position and, using your left hand, secure your ankles as close to your buttocks as you can. Extend your right arm straight up. Inhale, and as you exhale, engage your abdominals, hold your ribs in and create space in your side as you lean your torso to the left. Reach your arm up and over to stretch the sides of your waist. Inhale as you return to the starting position, and exhale to complete the movement. Place your right hand on the mat, extend your left arm straight up and lean to the right. Repeat the sequence 3 times, then switch your legs to the right and do the sequence on the opposite side.