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Cannabis and Yoga
The Relationship Between Cannabis and Yoga
The relationship between cannabis and yoga has been around for thousands of years and even dates back to 2000 B.C. India. It comes as no surprise to any of us as we all know cannabis has uplifting, tension releasing properties that pair perfectly with yoga. When added deliberately to your yoga practice, the effect can be profound. Some patients may already be seasoned yogis and want to learn about how to safely incorporate their medicine into their practice. Others may be interested in starting yoga as a therapeutic form of exercise in addition to their cannabis use as a holistic form of healing. No matter the reason why you are interested in incorporating cannabis into your yoga routine, know that there are a few things to think about first!
When pairing cannabis with yoga, the first step should be to set your intentions. Think about your purpose and why you want to introduce cannabis into your yoga practice. If you are new to yoga, think about how the combination of the two can benefit your treatment and further healing. The reasoning why is personal to each and every yogi. It could be to relieve stress, to help loosen up chronic pains or even to simply connect with yourself on a deeper level. No matter the reasoning, intentions are key as with any yoga practice and when adding cannabis, it is even more important.
Paying attention to your body is important to keep in mind. If you are new to using cannabis as a yogi, it is important to be mindful about how your body moves with and without cannabis in your yoga practice. Recognize how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally as the effects change throughout your practice while the cannabis is moving through the system and your body. Similarly, if you are new to yoga in general, make sure you understand how to safely incorporate cannabis into your routine so as to not injure yourself.
Pay attention to your dosage and consumption. Anytime you consume cannabis, it is important to pay attention to your dosage, the strain and your own personal tolerance. By paying extra attention to this during your practice, you honor your body and your relationship with cannabis as you explore this new relationship between cannabis, yoga and yourself.
Focus on strains
The experience you will have using cannabis and yoga is something that will change based on the different strains that you use. Try to look for strains with practice-specific terpenes such as those found in lavender and strains that have anti-anxiety and anti-depression properties. This will give you a calm, relaxed feeling throughout your practice.
It is also good to try using a high CBD cannabis strain. This is a great option for new cannabis consumers and those that do not want to experience the typical “high” effect that comes with THC. CBD is also a pain and anxiety reliever and also is anti-inflammatory so it is perfect to use with yoga!
Anyone who practices yoga can benefit from using cannabis in their yoga practice. Just make sure to set your intentions, pay attention and focus on the strain!
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