Ways I know yoga still has some work to do on me: when I see someone finishing up a cigarette before darting into yoga class, I feel judgmental of them.
Yogananda is credited with saying about yoga and/or meditation that neither requires the practitioner to give up smoking or drinking or promiscuity – but one might find as one practices that they feel less inclined to do these things. I love this notion that we don’t have to be perfect before we can be on a healthy path for ourselves. The path itself is what invites in us behaviors that are better for us. I can’t imagine being drawn to a spiritual practice that encouraged my participation while also chastising me for my flaws.
I really hope one day, when I see that smoker heading into yoga class, that I think to myself, Good for them for having their feet on the path.