I would love to do yoga poses--but I am very arthritic & cannot put my hands together as in pose one--they are too crooked & I cannot put my hands together as though to pray.I am very curved also fromthe waist forward with scoliosis.Zen yoga practice is primarily concerned with the body and sensations, and observing life as a process in a constant state of change, so is in direct line with the Buddha's method of awakening. when walking, standing, sitting, falling asleep, waking up, talking, & remaining silent, he makes himself fully alert.
Keep your shoulders relaxed and your shoulder blades drawing down your back.
What the Buddha offered was a straightforward method to alleviate suffering and lead towards liberation, accessible to people of all castes.
As opposed to some of the more extreme positions that appeared (emphasising severe austerities or sensual indulgence) he taught what he called the 'middle way', emphasising moderation, calmness and non-forcing.
phenomena, thoughts, arisings), and is recorded as saying, "There is one thing that leads to happiness in the present and liberation in the future; and what is this one thing?
It is mindfulness of the body." (Anguttara Nikaya, sutta I, 21.) Thus mindfulness of the body is the direct way to liberation and the end of suffering.