Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Anyone Can Practice Yoga
"You need not think, `I have all these bad
habitssmoking, drinking, eating meatso I
am unfit for practicing Yoga.' Even with all
these habits, if you start Yoga, you can
slowly get out of the unhealthy habits.
Sometimes people ask me, `Should I stop
smoking, should I stop drinking before I
come to practice Yoga?' I say, `No, it is
not necessary.' If I say, `Yes, you must
stop before you come to Yoga,' it's like a
doctor asking you to get rid of all your
diseases before you take the medicine. So
nobody is disqualified from Yoga practice.
The great scripture of Yoga, Hatha Yoga
Pradipika, says, `Be one young, old, sick
or very sick, if one practices Yoga, one
will become healthy and happy.'
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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