Extend your arms forward so they hover just above the mat. Your feet remain firmly planted on the mat and your legs are pressed together. The abdominals pull inward and upward. Prepare to curl up by inhaling.
Exhale, and without letting your abdominal wall expand, lift your head, neck and shoulders, curling up off the mat. Reach your arms longer and keep focused on your midsection. Lower down smoothly with an inhale. As you repeat, pull in the abdominals even further. Repeat three more times for a total of four repetitions.