The Double Leg Stretch is a Classical Pilates exercise. The Double Leg Stretch follows the Single Leg Stretch in the Ab Series of Five. Breathwork plays an important part in performing this exercise. This exercise stretches the hips while challenging stability. Begin by lying on the Mat. Exhale as you hug both knees into your chest with your head and shoulders off the Mat. Place your hands in the middle of your shins. Inhale while extending both legs higher than 45 degrees and arms overhead. From overhead, move arms to your sides as you hug both legs into your chest and repeat the exercise. Beginners may work on just the arms or just the legs. For an added challenge, lower your legs without touching the Mat. This exercise can be performed with a Magic Circle between ankles or hands.