Cannabis + Yoga
by Meghan Gibson
It began like any other yoga class I've taken - I arrived with mat and water bottle in-hand and made a break for the spot in the very back corner of the studio so as to be judged by the least amount of people in the room. My fellow yogis began to get comfortable on their mats, some stretching it out and others (hi, me) opting to go straight into corpse pose, aka the pose to rule them all.
Though I was defaulting to my typical routine (comfort zone levels way high over here), I knew that this class was different and I could already feel it. My mind buzzing with anticipation, I silently celebrated my random decision to smoke a little cannabis (a sativa strain if you speak weed) beforehand. I had known for a while that I was the type of person who enjoyed performing tasks and activities while lightly partaking (i.e. hiking, jogging, cleaning) and I had smoked at home and found myself in downward dog a time or two- but whoa, this felt supernatural.
As the teacher guided us through our warm up, I allowed myself to connect my breath and body to her voice. I stopped acknowledging the presence of those in my immediate range and turned my always-racing mind off, applying that energy inwards. I was told to reach and I reached further. Push, and I pushed harder. Feeling each position intensely, I became present.
I’d been practicing yoga for years with the desire to deepen my practice and be a kick-ass yogi, but something had always kept me from feeling that I could get there. I couldn’t connect and I certainly didn’t feel zen. I felt like I was showing up to my mat and executing poses; all the while, thoughts of everything but yoga dancing through my mind. It was my nature to be constantly on the go and I made a point to be out every night. I jam-packed my life with work and social plans and hardly spent a moment alone. An internal mindset was not something I readily possessed.
That day in class, however, everything shifted. Instead of thinking about what I was going to wear that night or what I had to grab at Trader Joe’s, I thought about just me. My journey, my process, my mind, my body. I was able to remain focused on the present, my body and my mind connected and I had the best class I’d ever had.
If you’re a person that has a hard time slowing down and enjoying the now, I highly suggest you enhance your practice with little cannabis.