abdominal muscles which you have gained through Bonnie's previous exercises
must be balanced by flexible back muscles and hamstrings. This week's exercise,
the shoulder stand, will give you this necessary flexibility and will also
increase your shoulder and arm strength. For a variation of B, try spreading
your legs, rotating them clockwise, then counterclockwise.
Sit in a
curled-up position, forehead on knees and hands flat on the floor (A). Keeping
head down, roll back onto shoulders, raising legs straight (B). Then place
hands at waist for support. Roll back to A and repeat until it becomes easy.
Then from B bring knees down to nose and stretch legs overhead (C), but do not
touch floor at first. After this stretched position becomes easy, lower your
feet to the floor. It is less difficult to do C with legs apart, as shown, but
eventually you should try for a feet-together touch. For a change, in position
B try the bicycle or scissor kick.