Viscid wrote:I'm curious-- do monasteries ever encourage their monks to exercise, or do monks ever take the initiative to exercise? Would this be discouraged considering they'd likely eat more?
Do prostrations count as exercise?
meindzai wrote:I've observed the same as Goofaholix at the monastery's that I've visited - lots of walking and maybe yoga. I would also mention that at least these days monks will often engage in a fair amount of labor which can be physically demanding.
Teacher Gil Fronsdal believes that if the Buddha knew what kind of sedentary lifestyles we led nowadays we might have had a ninefold path including "right exercise." I have to say I agree with him on that.
clw_uk wrote:I have noticed that when I work out it helps improve my generally mindfulness and meditation practice
Viscid wrote:clw_uk wrote:I have noticed that when I work out it helps improve my generally mindfulness and meditation practice
Yeah, I find it really helps to keep you attentive and alert during sits, and stops your mind from monkeying about too much. In fact, I do physical exercise for mental health almost more than I do it for physical health: helps with mood, self-confidence and tiredness.
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