With the recent legalization of cannabis in over half of the United States, more and more people are adding cannabis to their daily activities. One of these activities is yoga. Cannabis has become incorporated in some yoga practices and has actually been shown to enhance the yoga experience. However, the use of cannabis is a highly controversial subject in the realm of yoga. Some look to cannabis to achieve mental freedom while others believe that this mental clarity should be achieved through yoga without the assistance of outside substances. Using cannabis before practicing can be very beneficial for some, but is not for everyone. Here are some considerations that should be taken before infusing cannabis into your yoga practice.
Know your mind and body. Before using cannabis with yoga, you must know how your mind and body react to cannabis and yoga separately. This way you would know how much to consume or even if practicing under the influence is something that would be beneficial for you.
Experiment by yourself at first. Make sure not to smoke and then run directly into a crowded class, especially if it’s your first time. This could result in your senses feeling over loaded and a not so fulfilling yoga experience. It’s better to practice a flow at home using cannabis to see how your body will react and how your practice is affected. It is also uncertain whether the cannabis will affect how you balance. It could be embarrassing and dangerous running into class high for the first time and falling over in balancing poses.
Make sure to breathe. Cannabis tends to put a slight strain on the lungs, especially when smoked. Make sure to focus on your breathing throughout practice to insure that the body is getting enough air. It’s no fun to get light headed and dizzy during practice.
Drink plenty of water. It’s no secret that cannabis can cause the mouth and throat to become dry. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after practice to prevent dehydration.
Pick the right strain. Make sure to pick a strain that tends to be more mellow and calming. You don’t want to pick a strain that will knock you out cold, but you also don’t want to pick a strain that gets your mind racing. The perfect strain differs from person to person depending on what they want to get out of practice. Indica dominant strains to reduce anxiety and deliver a body high. Sativa dominant strains deliver more of a head high. Research certain strains to ensure the best cannabis infused yoga experience.
Yoga and cannabis combined can result in a powerful combination. Yoga stretches the mind and body, while cannabis eases the mind and body. These two have potential to be a perfect combination, if done correctly. Considerations must be taken before using cannabis and practicing yoga. Be aware of your mind and body and how they react to both cannabis and yoga. This can be a fun addition to practice if done safely!