Yoga for me is about healing.
I was first introduced to yoga back in 2006. I was in a bad car accident and my chiropractor told me the pain was never going to go away unless I strengthen my back, and he recommended yoga to do so. And so I did and it did work! It was a negative turned into a positive. I didn’t go into my first class a happy camper but I still go to class because I love it.
Yoga teaches you so much about yourself and how your body and breath are connected. It heals your body and mind. Similarly but also in a completely different way from Mary Jane. You have to do a lot more work when it comes to yoga. But when I’m “moody,” it probably means I’ve been away from my mat for too long or am in need of a blunt. Which is why it comes as no surprise that people are combining the two. I have for years (secretly of coarse) but then again I do almost everything a little stoned, you know…
Now weed and yoga is a trending topic. Lots of states are going recreational and me and hopefully you have our fingers crossed that in the near future the entire country will follow in suit. Regardless, right now in Venice, California you can go have a yoga sesh at a Lit Yoga class where you begin class with a tea and cannabis ritual. In Aspen Canyon Ranch, Colorado you can go on a Ganja Yoga retreat. It’s such an exciting time to be alive!
With all that said here are my: Tips when it comes to Weed and Yoga.
- First, you must try it! It can even be your 1st class ever. Just make sure the class you pick matches your beginner-intermediate-advanced skill set. Because trust me, yoga is hard. And you will fall but that’s all part of the practice.
- The strain you smoke should be sativa instead of an indica. You want to stay active. It’s called a yoga flow because you never stop moving, making a sativa strain best because it doesn’t cause that couch-lock effect that an indica strain will give you, leaving you feeling too stoned for yoga.
- As for the class, sun salutations work great. And kind of make a lot of sense because who better to salute during a cannabis yoga class than the sun that helps the plants grow. Hmm.. maybe something to mediate on. Personally, Vinyasa is what I’m all about. Here’s one of my favorite flows that I wake and bake to often with Heather (check out her blog Dashworthy and show her some love too while your at):
- Finally, your mind state. Yoga is all about connecting the mind and body so take it seriously. Come into it with an open mind, feel the effects of the cannabis flow through your blood stream with every breath. Respect, enjoy and embrace the experience.