I am not a big fan of exercise. But make it a spiritual exercise like Tibetan yoga or prostrations and suddenly I am all for it. Is there such thing as a spiritual gym? 🙂 I’ve recently started 100,000 prostrations, the Tibetan buddhist practice. I do it to show love and respect for all living beings and to send positive energy to those around me – I use it as a form of physical prayer or body meditation. I do 20 prostrations in the morning, 20 in the evening, so it will take me around 7 years to complete this practice 🙂
Since every sentient being has Buddha Nature, bowing to any person can be thought of as bowing to the Buddha Nature in all of us.
In Tibetan, the word prostration is translated as chak tsal. Chak means to “sweep away” harmful actions and obscurations. Tsal means we receive the blessings of an enlightened body, speech and mind.