Why People Rave About Cannabis Yoga

While some yoga purists may sneer at getting high before class, combining cannabis and yoga may open up a world of benefits for yogis and tokers alike.

Cannabis and yoga boast similar endgames. Cannabis is relaxing and can help turn down the volume on a hyperactive mind. Yoga is relaxing and aims to tame a hyperactive, wild mind. There is a huge overlap between the two practices. For those users of cannabis who practice yoga, merging the two has the potential to enhance the overall experience of each. But what are the actual benefits of merging your mat with a little weed?

Clear your head and release mental tension

Cannabis can quiet the outside world and make room for introspection and self focus. Since the goal of yoga is to calm the fluctuations of the mind, combining the two can create a powerful duo.

Release physical tension

As yoga works to stretch and twist stiffness out of the body, cannabis works from within to reduce bodily pain, discomfort and encourage deep muscular relaxation. Those with joint pain or stiffness may be better able to practice yoga and reap its incredible benefits with the help of cannabis.

Fall into a centered, meditative state with greater ease

In class, it becomes very easy to tune out thoughts and stop comparing poses with your neighbor when cannabis is involved. We all need to shut down the chatter of our minds one in a while. If you are not yet a master yogi, cannabis is the next best thing.

Ganja Yoga is a big hit in some cities, where participants spend 30 minutes lighting up before embarking on a gentle yoga practice. And certain poses, like shavasana or corpse pose, certainly lend themselves to being high. But, we are all individuals. What might feel great for one person could be hell for the next. Make sure you are comfortable before dipping your toes into a new and different experience.

It is important to take into consideration all the factors before heading to a yoga class while high. Do you react well to crowds? Do you have a tendency towards paranoia? Will cotton mouth be too distracting? If you smoke, how will it impact your breath work? Will serious focus be easy, or could it be an issue? What type of strain would best suit your practice?

If you don’t really love the idea of pairing blissful yoga with the feeling of being “high,” but are intrigued by cannabis’s meditative benefits, try a cannabis strain that is high in CBD and low in THC. CBDs promote that feeling of deep relaxation and reduced anxiety without that heady, out-of-focus feeling of getting high.

Not feeling the idea of cannabis yoga altogether? There is an argument to be made that regular use of cannabis may actually hinder the development of focus and mindfulness that yoga strives toward. If used for every practice, cannabis may prevent you from strengthening your mindfulness practices simply because cannabis achieves the deep meditation and relaxation for you.

That being said, cannabis yoga does offer very real benefits that can radically alter and deepen your practice. In general, occasional use of cannabis in your yoga practice can be beneficial in order to achieve a deeper meditative state that expands beyond the norm. But whether it is wise to use cannabis consistently in your yoga practice is still up for debate.

Do you think cannabis has a place on the mat? Share your opinions below.

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Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a month ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a month ago

thanks

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Jim V
Jim Venabout a month ago

thanks for sharing

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Jim V
Jim Venabout a month ago

thanks for sharing

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE4 months ago

Although I have never used cannabis, I think this would work.

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Janis K
Janis K4 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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iloshechka A
iloshechka A4 months ago

thanks

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heather g
heather g4 months ago

No joint pain or stiffness which improves different postures. May as well use a compound...

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Panchali Y
Panchali Yapa4 months ago

Thank you

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Ruth S
Ruth S4 months ago

Thanks.

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