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Some people find that physical exercises like running or yoga can calm the body before we settle into our zazen so that our breath is gentle free and easy like a light breeze blowing through our body. Can you recommend any other exercises for keeping our abdomen flexible and easy.


Zazen is about mind and body being one - being one with the universe. When our body becomes stiff and tense, it is difficult to do good zazen. Even if we have a good energy circulation, even then the body can become tight from sitting. That is why we do Makoho exercises before zazen. (see here) and try to relieve our body from any remaining tension. These exercises are very effective. 


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