Throughout human history and ancient civilizations, cannabis yoga has been used by yogis, monks, and other religious and spiritual leaders as a tool for deeper connection to the self, nature and the universe, for reaching higher levels of consciousness.
Today, yoga has become a common tool to relieve physical and mental stress, anxiety, tightness and pain. On the surface yoga may appear as a typical work out, moving through a series of poses that lengthen, stabilize, relax and strengthen the body while simultaneously focusing on the breath. Sure, these are some of the qualities of yoga, but for a regular practitioner, it does not take long to realize that there is just as much mental and spiritual training in yoga, as there is physical.
On the other hand, cannabis is slowly being reintroduced into modern medicine as a treatment for anxiety, mental disorders, inflammation and pain. Cannabis also helps expand our consciousness by calming the mind and enhancing sensitivity within. When combined with yoga, it allows us to go deeper into our practice, and helps us become more aware and connected to ourselves and the world around us.
Both cannabis and yoga interact with our body’s balance system, also known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS helps the body maintain homeostasis by modulating the rest of the body’s systems and helping the body adapt to stress.
The combination of focused breathing, mindfulness, movement and meditation creates an inherent feeling of oneness and balance that comes with a regular cannabis yoga practice. Which results in the unification of the body and mind through the use of breath work. Allowing us to be present inside our bodies, therefore enhancing and developing our inner awareness.
When we practice regularly, we slowly start to become more aware of our subconscious. A calm and alert mind allows for a higher sensitivity and a deeper awareness of thoughts, desires and beliefs. Where they originate from, and how they influence our behavior, emotional and physical state on a daily basis.
When the mind is still, we become witnesses to what happens inside and outside of us. This deeper introspection allows us to separate ourselves from the influence of thoughts and beliefs that if unconscious to us, will define who we are without being aware of it. By becoming the observer of our thoughts and bodily functions, we are no longer a product of them.
Cannabis yoga helps shift our perception from being unaware, to the things we are cognizant of, and then to becoming the instrument of awareness itself- consciousness. In yoga when your consciousness and awareness become your identity, you have discovered your truest self.