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Weed and Yoga

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Alice Grace

Suffer from chronic pain? Anxiety? Flabby tummy? Boring existence? Well, all around
California (and elsewhere) classes are popping up that cater to individuals in need of a relaxing
exercise experience that incorporates cannabis into the practice. Welcome to Weed Yoga…

What is it?

Weed Yoga is billed as a transformative meditative experience that allows practicers to
hone in and focus on their yoga routine. The several studios I’ve researched advertise the classes
as a relaxed, all over meditative and communal experience. Just as people sometimes use
candles, music, plants or scents to enhance their yoga experience, cannabis is being used in a
similar way. Practicers come together and smoke, vape or eat edibles at the start of class sharing
what they have and communing together before hitting their mats and getting into their poses.
Marrying the forms of herbal and spiritual practice the devotees of weed yoga opens the
individual up to a new and exciting mind-body experience and clients gush about the classes
stating the practice fosters an awareness in their bodies they’d never experienced before. Others
remark on how their overall exercise experience was enhanced and many more discuss how
incorporating cannabis into their exercise routine relaxed them and even helped to improve their
sleep habits.

What goes down?

Practicing yoga is already an inward experience – one of breathing, stretching and
meditatively engrossing oneself in the form and control of the body. Incorporating cannabis into
the session can provide a uniquely personal transformative experience. Different studios follow
different protocols but most often sharing a joint with other classmates as a way to connect and

commune and ideally elevate the mind is the method of choice. Some studios participate in a tea
ceremony prior to ingesting cannabis and some incorporate the sharing of cannabis post-exercise,
but that is more rare.

Where is it?

In California from San Francisco to Los Angeles and San Diego yogis have been popping
up all over the place. At LA’s Lit Yoga, a tea ritual precedes twenty minutes of a passed joint
session before the yoga practice itself begins.
Some studios even offer private consultations as a means to introduce the practice to
those in need of guidance and specific training or for those who are less experienced and want to
glide into the form of weed yoga with more caution.
Overall, clients express the practice has created a heightened awareness of breath and
more relaxed poses and an ability to delve deeper into stretches.
The practice of weed yoga in studio form is gaining in mainstream popularity and is
helping many to experience mediative exercise in a communal way thereby knocking down walls
and erasing negative stigma. It is important to note that studios require proof of identification for
clients to ensure all are over twenty-one. So, add some yoga to your session or session to your
yoga and either way your golden. Namaste.

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