The Side Leg Kick – lengthen the top leg away from the hip, reaching the bottom of the foot towards the wall it is facing (we’ll call it the “side wall”). This will lift the lower waist off of the floor, and lengthen and straighten the spine. The foot is long and in line with the shin. Inhale, slide the foot forward (literally or imaging) along the side wall, pulse once, then exhale, pulling the belly in, and slide the leg along the wall back reaching long and away from the hip. Pulse again. The top leg is like a well lubed gate, it moves freely upon a stable spine. Do not think of the leg moving forward and back. This will move and shorten the hips and back. You can practice with the foot on the wall.