Heighten Your Spiritual Consciousness With Weed Yoga
Weed yoga goes head to head with hot yoga on heightening your spiritual consciousness.
Imagine rolling up to your yoga studio with your bottle of water, yoga mat and a joint. This fantasy is a reality for yogis in California who visit yoga studios such as Ganja Yoga in San Francisco or 420 Remedy Yoga in Glendale. Normally, consuming cannabis signals the brain to release more dopamine and put you in a happier place. When this is combined with yoga, it helps you heighten your spiritual consciousness in a way that could not be reached otherwise. There is already yoga for wine, chocolate and dog lovers so it’s about time there was yoga for marijuana. This practice of pairing weed and yoga is not new, however.
Yoga and marijuana have been connected since ancient times. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, considered the practice’s fundamental texts, were written in Sanskrit before the time of Christ and mention the use of herbs. On one occasion it states, “The subtler attainments come with birth or are attained through herbs, mantra, austerities or concentration.” The texts suggest that herbs are one of the five methods to lift the veil of ignorance, otherwise known as the barrier between the conscious and unconscious. While plants like peyote are used for medicinal antidotes, weed and yoga go hand in hand.
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It turns out that ancient Shiva cults were using weed while practicing yoga as well. However, they were mixing it in beverages and drinking it instead of smoking it, some studied suggest. They even burned marijuana as incense, which basically hotboxed the temple. Liz McDonald, the yoga instructor at 420 Remedy Yoga, finds that the herb helps her students while they meditate. “I find it to be a valuable tool in teaching,” she told the New York Times in 2012. “Disbelief is my biggest obstacle. People don’t believe that they can feel their heart beat or that they can send breath into their lower appendages. A little pot relaxes them into comprehending. And if you want to just lie down in my class, that’s okay, too.”
North of 420 Remedy is Ganja Yoga, taught by yoga instructor Dee Dussault. She is a certified Hatha instructor who started teaching Ganja Yoga classes in Toronto in 2009. According to her, the class is a way “for you to enjoy trippy relaxation, pain-relief, sensuality, and the cultivation of inner peace, through all-levels, relaxation-based yoga.” Her class allows students to journey under the influence together for the first 15 minutes of class as long as they have a medical marijuana card. If not, they’ll have to partake on their own before class since sharing is not an option. However, she allows those with medical marijuana cards to consume the herb as much or as little as they would like throughout the class.
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The National Institute on Drug Abuse frowns upon weed yoga but the postures and stretches in Dussault’s class are slow and safe. Since most strains of cannabis are created to induce relaxation, it is only fitting that the yoga practiced along with the herb also reduced relaxation. This way, yogis can achieve a whole new level of tranquility and repose. Besides Ganja Yoga, Dussault also offers Clothing-Free Yoga and Sexual Awakening Yoga.
While it is unclear whether or not the United States will fully legalize marijuana any time soon, weed yoga will continue to grow across the nation. Even if a state has not legalized marijuana, people can still get their hands on the herb and have been consuming it before yoga classes anyway. Yoga instructors such as McDonald and Dussault will reach out and expand their businesses in order to help people achieve extreme relaxation. Dussault says she will continue to support the combination of weed and yoga because “it takes people to a place in which they are more open to relaxing tensions in the body and mind. It makes them want to chill out, have a good time, enjoy life.” And there’s nothing better than enjoying life.
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