With too much time on our hands and too many thoughts on our minds, yoga has emerged as one of the most popular at-home workouts during the pandemic. Being a yoga practitioner comes in many forms. To some of us, the calm and peaceful yoga practice comes naturally. To others, myself included, it benefits from cannabis beforehand.
Introducing Weed Into Your Yoga Practice
How bummed/annoyed were you when your gym first closed in March? Since then, we’ve been forced to find new and innovative ways to stay healthy and active, mostly at home. For your yoga practice, all you need is a mat, a rug, or a carpet to get settled in a comfortable pose. But then your mind starts to race. You’re tempted to check your phone, read the news, reply to an email…Cannabis can help change that unsettled and unfocused feeling. Cannabis can help you become a better yoga practitioner.
The Right Kind Of Yoga Practice
There are two varieties of yoga—the active class with elements of cardio, HIIT, and free weights, and the stretching class with an emphasis on flexibility, mindfulness, and breathwork. In my experience, cannabis and an active yoga class don’t mix that well. I feel sluggish, fatigued, and lost in the cardio rhythm. I find it more effective to add weed into your breathwork class. Cannabis can provide a boost of relaxation and introspectiveness as you slowly move in between stretches.
The Right Kind Of Cannabis Strain
Just as important as the yoga practice itself is the cannabis strain. For my practice, I opt for a Sativa-dominant hybrid for a gentle boost of energy with a hint of indica relaxation and calmness. The best of both worlds. In terms of the consumption method, I recommend either smoking or vaping before class. Stay away from edibles as they’re typically much too heavy for any sort of workout. A little goes a long way (I take about three inhales from a vape in my car). Growers Choice Seeds has a variety of yoga-friendly cannabis strains from CBD Blueberry to CBD Critical Mass. A high-CBD cannabis strain makes for a great pre-workout habit as it may prevent muscle cramps and aches.
The Easiest At-Home Workout
In a twisted way, I have to thank COVID for giving me the time to become a better yoga practitioner. Yoga is the perfect at-home workout as it requires minimal space, minimal equipment, and it’s QUIET. Nothing drives me up the wall like hearing my upstairs neighbor jump around to loud music and heavy footsteps. It should be part of the “COVID Work From Home” etiquette rulebook to keep the noise to a minimum. Have you ever tried adding cannabis to your yoga practice? Or your preferred workout routine? Let us know!