What you’re supposed to do: This is the pose that looks like you’re lying down with your legs stacked up against an imaginary wall. To get into it, Vaynerman says you should lie flat on your back and stretch your legs up toward the ceiling so your feet are directly over your hips, placing your hands on your lower back for support. Then, simply hold still.
The mistake you’re probably making: Though this pose seems easy in theory—how hard can it be to tilt your legs up to the sky?!—Vaynerman explains that most people do it wrong. “What happens is that people think they’re supposed to just get up on their shoulders, and then it doesn’t matter what the rest of their body is doing. So they do that, but then everything else turns out crooked—their backs end up curled and their legs end up behind them,” she explains. In other words, it’s a mess!
The fix: Be sure your entire body is stacked in a straight line—i.e. your ankles are right over your knees, which are right over your hips, which are right over your shoulders. “A good way to be sure you’re stacked correctly is to clench and harden your abs, which will keep you more steady,” Vaynerman advises. And be sure to keep your head flat on the ground facing up—no peeking around to see if you’re doing it right! Moving your head from side to side can be seriously bad for your neck.
Please stop growing up! I love this kid so much. He always makes my day! Cannot explain how happy I am going to be to have the little munchkins down the street from me! @joyaskins