Of all the crazy cannabis combinations popping up in the wake of cannabis legalization (chai, city tours, special lounges, MLM-style home events, the list goes on and on…), perhaps the most rewarding is the new trend of yoga while high.
Cultural Resurgence: Cannabis-Infused Yoga is Popping Up Everywhere
A new fascinating boom of “How-To-Yoga with Cannabis” articles are showing up in well-known health sites. Specialty yoga teachers are now using cannabis in the class to help deepen practice. Check out this video which clearly shows this.
The culture of yoga seems to be getting a little experimental.
Nothing New: The Tradition Goes Back Thousands of Years
But this isn’t the brainchild of stoned hippies. Not by a long shot.
It’s more a rediscovery than a new development.
The tradition of cannabis and yoga goes back thousands of years.
Cannabis is a plant sacred to the Hindu god Shiva, Lord of Yoga. Even today, Sadhus belt out praises to Shiva – Bom Bolenath Shiva Shambo! – as they smoke chillum pipes filled with charas (an especially creamy hash made without killing the plant).
There’s a little more to it than that, but you get the idea. Cannabis is an integral piece of the culture that birthed the practice of yoga.
They’re like childhood friends.
So what do you get out of it?
Yoga + Cannabis = Better Yoga + Better High
Let’s look a little closer at yoga first. Yoga is a mind-body practice.
It develops your capacity for sensory awareness and deep breathing, coordinating mind, body, and breath fluidly with conscious relaxation.
When you throw cannabis into the mix, you supercharge each of them and get high in a totally new, more holistic way.
The breath deepens with tidal force.
A simple movement expands into a kaleidoscope of kinesthetic joy as thousands of tiny muscles stretch inch by inch into an ocean sensory rapture.
The mind is absorbed into the experience – simply being, experiencing, living.
You “drop in” to the practice in a deeper, more profound way.
Your high is embodied and present. The yoga practice is deeper, more fulfilling.
It’s just better.
420 Yoga Classes: Where to Go
If you’re in Seattle, you’re in luck!
YogaSmith in Georgetown has a regular Cannabis Enhanced Yoga class on the second Sunday of the month at 4:20 pm, complete with tea and cookies after the practice to satisfy your high-vibe munchies.
Located elsewhere? You can apply this to any yoga experience and “choose your own adventure,” then just attend a gentle flow class at your nearest studio or explore in the comforts of your own home.
Experiencing Yoga While High – Some Parting Considerations
Now before you down your favorite edible and head to a sweat-drenched hot-power-yoga class, let’s take a few things into consideration.
Your dose and your strain are the two most important parts. Check out our article Cannabis Dosing: How to Find the Optimal Dose for some basic guidelines.
The aim is to be slightly elevated. Getting too high incapacitates you and will mostly be a terrible experience, so err on the side of too little. Seriously.
As for strain, we recommend a mellow indica like Girl Scout Cookies, or come and talk to our Belltown budtenders for personal recommendations of the best incoming strains.
If you want to explore this further, this article in Leafy has some great info.
Yoga while high can be a wonderful practice, bringing you deeper into your practice and the experience of relaxation. Just proceed… mindfully.
Make sure you have the highest quality cannabis for your yoga practice. Visit your local Have a Heart dispensary.