Marijuana is getting more legal, but is smoking pot and yoga kosher? Formalities and legalities aside, the once stoner-scented trend of getting high before yoga class is now turning into a legit phenomenon. No longer a punch line, yogis are lining up for “enhanced” yoga classes. Well, at least they are in San Francisco.
Dee Dussault leads weekly Ganja Yoga classes in the Bay Area and claims to be the “very first yoga teacher to publicly offer cannabis-enhanced yoga outside of ancient India.” According to Dee, Ganja Yoga is “the intentional pairing of cannabis and yoga” treating ”cannabis as a medicine and spiritual aid” allowing opportunities “for you to enjoy trippy relaxation, pain-relief, sensuality, and the cultivation of inner peace, through all-levels, relaxation-based yoga.”
There are 15 minutes for toking and 90 minutes for hatha-based relaxation, tripping, room spinning, sleeping…whichever level you’re at that day. This is BYOW – students must bring their own weed and must present a medical marijuana card, OR they can just come to class high already. Although yogis are always so giving aren’t they? We’re sure you could bum a hit off your neighbor.
None of this should come as a shock at this point. If you got ‘em, smoke ‘em, right? The stoned yoga experience is interesting though. Is it enhancing? Inhibiting? In any case, it’s almost the antithetic antidote to all of this push-to-the-edge “hard-living” extreme power yoga that’s gotten so popular lately. Maybe it’s just what the marijuana dispensary clerk/yoga teacher ordered. Now that’s a business venture: forget yoga studio bars, how long until we see yoga studio marijuana lounges?
Weed for thought.