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All over Colorado and other recreationally legal states, yoga teachers and practitioners are exploring the combination of yoga and cannabis. With legal cannabis in its infancy, canna-yoga seems to be in its infancy too. The truth is thatcannabis and yoga have been paired for thousands of years. The Vedas, the foundational source behind the development of yogic philosophy and one of the oldest known body of texts in existence includes references to paring hashish with yoga practice since 2000-1400 BCE.

Yoga and Cannabis, the Perfect Pair

The word yoga originates from the word "yoke," meaning "union." We practice yoga in pursuit of uniting our mind, body, and soul. Practices like meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), and asana (the mainstream "posing" style popular in the west, direct us toward balance, health, and optimal way of being.

Cannabis has a similar capacity for bringing bodily balance--through the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system pursues physical homeostasis: the stability and balance that optimizes bodily function ("Balance:" are you seeing the connection yet?). This often includes switching our nervous system from the sympathetic system (fight or flight) to the parasympathetic system (relax and heal) easing physical tension and for bodily serenity. A relaxed body leads to a relaxed mind, preparing and opening us up to cannabis's full potential for a euphoric, synergistic state.

The Yoga and Cannabis Experience

Within Denver's popular RiNo neighborhood, Bend and Blaze Yoga at Cultivated Synergy is a holistic experience. But make no mistake, they run a tight and compliant operation. The large, wide-open space, tall ceilings, and art-covered walls invite yogis from all over town to trickle in, set up their yoga mats, and light one up to begin the experience.

bend and blaze

Regulars exchange hugs, visitors from out of state introduce themselves, friendly chit-chat begins, and joints make their way around the loose circle of people to blaze. I sneak in my first question gingerly, respectful of the shared aura, "How does cannabis enhance your yoga experience?"

"I am able to connect with and truly feel my body relax."

"I become less concerned with how I look and more concerned with how I feel."

"My heightened sense of awareness allows me to connect my breath with my movements which relaxes my mind."

"Cannabis helps me turn inward and let go of my ego."

"Instead of just exercise, yoga becomes a moving meditation."

Now we're all on the same level, pleasantly high and ready for Amanda Hitz, our instructor, to usher us through this experience, which begins with a perfectly tailored yoga and cannabis music playlist. She introduces herself to begin the asana practice. Amanda's Slow-Flow Saturday sequence is my favorite. The pace is perfect for deep breathing, yet still provides a good workout.

After bending, the circle reforms and the joints blaze once again. "How do you feel about your first canna-yoga experience?" I ask the two friends visiting from New York.

"I love how this space allows cannabis to be socially acceptable. It's nice to be on the same level during the practice, and everyone here is so welcoming. Bend and Blaze has truly built a community around cannabis and yoga."

Are you ready to "Pair a detoxifying workout, centering restoration, and a roomful of new friends for a more connected experience" as the Bend and Blaze event details outline? Start by visiting your localThe Green Solution locationto pick up yourfavorite strainorpre-rolland visitbendandblazeyoga.comto sign up for a Bend and Blaze class!

Quick Fact

Curing Cannabis Plants- This very gradual drying process involves moderate humidity and mild temperatures, preserving the dimensionality of cannabis plants and the consumption experience. The better and more gradual the curing process, the more sophisticated a grower's yields become, including preserved aromas, flavors, and potency.