1. Pike Stretch: this will stretch your hamstrings, which will help with the front leg of your splits. You can do it standing up or sitting down; I like to do both.
2. Lunge Stretches: these three versions of lunges will help improve your hip flexors' range of motion. Also, you can grab your back leg with your opposite hand to deepen the stretch. When you do these, make sure your front foot is either right beneath or further in front of your knee, never behind it.
3. Hamstring Stretch: After you're finished your lunge stretches, push back into this stretch for your hamstrings in preparation to slide into splits. Flex your foot and grab it to deepen the stretch.
4. Splits! Once you're in splits, make sure that your hips are squared. Hold for at least 1 minute. Arch back and stretch forwards.
Outer Hip Stretch: This isn't really specific to splits, but I love this stretch right after stretching my splits so I thought I'd include it. Basically position one leg as if you're going to sit "criss-cross applesauce" but instead of crossing the other leg, stretch it out behind you. You'll feel a nice stretch in your outer hip.
5. Oversplits! This will definitely help inprove your splits and will make splits on flat ground so much easier. I like to prop my foot up on my bed, but you can use pillows, your couch, stairs, or whatever's available for you to put your foot up on. Stretch with your front foot up and then your back foot. Stretch forwards and arch backwards with these as well.
6. Wall splits! Find a wall, and go into the splits on it. If you're flat on the wall, inch your bottom foot out further and try to stretch back towards the wall.
Keep in mind, I'm no professional, this is just what works for me so I thought I'd share. And make sure to stretch both sides equally to achieve balanced results! Let me know if you'd like more stretching posts, I'm considering doing one on stretches to get your scorpion. I hope you enjoyed this :) Have a great weekend everyone!