We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens.

“Books or yoga classes often give the impression that there are prerequisites for the study of yoga. We may be told that we should not smoke, or that we should be vegetarian, or that we should give away all our worldly good. Such ways of behaving are admirable only if they originate within us – and they may as a result of yoga – but not if they are imposed from outside. For instance, many people who smoke give up the habit once they begin a yoga practice. As result of their practice they no longer want to smoke; they do not give up smoking in order to practice yoga. We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens.”

(excerpt from The heart of the yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar)

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