Part of the long stretch series on the reformer is an exercise called the Elephant. This one can be challenging since the client is unable to see most of the work going on. They need to rely on using body awareness to feel their abs scooping to pull their feet back under them.
Purpose- stability of shoulders, movement from waist, stretch hamstrings
Preps- Hamstring Stretch on Chair, Knee Series, Reverse Elephant, knee bends to stretch
Form- Straight arms/legs, chest is open to keep the shoulders wide, tail tucked under the heels, toes lifted, round/flat back
*May not be appropriate for those with certain shoulder problems or balance issues
Modifications- move feet closer to bar if hamstring are tight, Pilates V stance, low/high bar
How to Advance- Single leg Elephant, walk feet all the way to shoulder rests