There has been a lot more dialogue about combining Cannabis with Yoga practice. It seems that there are more public offerings for this type of practice combination and that has generated a lot of discussion amongst the Yoga community.
I personally feel that Yoga is about connecting ourselves to Nature and our place within natures realm. Cannabis is of nature and is considered to be natures gift of medicine in plant form. Yoga practice is natures medicine in the physical form.
Some people who believe in combining the two claim that Cannabis invites in an enhanced connection to movement, breath and presence which are the key elements for a good Yoga practice.
Everyone is different and receives the effects of Yoga and Cannabis differently. If you are someone who enjoys combining the two, then go for it. If you are new to Yoga, Cannabis or the idea of pairing the two together, then here are some things you may want to consider.
1) Yoga is rooted in the Hindu traditions and The Lord of Yoga and the Lord of Cannabis are the same God, and he is one happy guy! Shiva is the embodiment of nature’s energy and represents Love and Devotion.
2) If you are taking Cannabis to help ease your stress and to help you relax, choose Yoga that will assist your body to do just that. Look for classes that are centered on breathing, restorative, Yin, or Yoga Nidra for deeply guided relaxation
3) If your someone who enjoys Cannabis to help increase your focus and energy, than be comfortable attending any type of practice you enjoy. You may ﬁnd that you are better able to be connected with your practice, movements, breathing and discover a richer practice. Notice if you discover new challenges, such as maintaining your balance, and approach them with humour and curiosity.
4) Yoga is about honouring ritual.
There is ritual in setting up for practice, such as changing your clothes, walking into your space, unrolling your mat, gathering your props and then quietly centering yourself with a few moments of quiet breathing before you begin. Their is ritual in committed and regular practice and there is ritual in linking of poses to create your practice. Their is ritual involved in your meditation practice and in creating the space to practice. And it is the act of ritual that make the practice sacred for us
5) Cannabis is ritual in the same way. The love and nurturing required to grow beautiful strong and healing plants is ritual and requires dedicated focus. Same goes for the drying and trimming process. Once you have your bud, then there is time spent smelling and looking at it and appreciating the properties of this particular plant. Then there is the gentle grinding of the bud, and perhaps another moment for appreciating the smell and ﬂufﬁness before placing your cannabis into your apparatus of choice. Then it is savored and enjoyed in its ﬂavour and effects.
And from here the practice begins, whether you are on your mat or off.