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When you practice yoga, you are NOT REQUIRED to stop smoking. But, in all fairness I want to mention that after you begin your practice, you may find that you don't want to continue smoking.
Yoga stresses proper breathing and can improve your oxygen capacity. You might see the benefits and improvement are more apparent in others who don't smoke, and then decide to give up smoking yourself.
This is entirely a personal decision.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|