Best Cannabis Products for Yoga
By Rebecca Akers
Recently, cannabis has become more widely used for medicinal purposes, recreational use, and to enhance athletic abilities. Runners, weight-lifters, and other athletes use specific characteristics of cannabis to help them achieve their goals and heal after an event or an intense workout. Although yoga isn’t considered a sport by many, it is a physical practice. Along with the movements of the body, it’s also a practice of the mind.
Is it right to mix cannabis and yoga?
The properties of cannabis tend to be calming, energizing, and reflective. Just like cannabis, yoga practices can create the same feelings. Cannabis and yoga together can enhance your moods and energy levels.
Cannabis can help quiet an overactive mind to settle into the right mindset for a yoga practice or meditation. It can bring you deeper into your own space for self-awareness and connection, with both the outer world and your inner being. Yoga and cannabis can help you to go deeper into both the practice of the body and the mind.
Different types of yoga
The practice of yoga began over 3,000 years ago in India as a way to achieve harmony between the heart and soul. This was a way to enlightenment. Today, the central philosophy of modern yoga is still somewhat the same, as a way to balance the mind, body, and spirit or soul.
There is a wide variety of yoga types for every level of yogi, from beginners to those who are more experienced practitioners. Hatha yoga is the most popular and well-known style. In Sanskrit, the word “Hatha” is a reference to all physical postures in yoga. Here in the west, the term “Hatha” has come to mean all styles of yoga that are based on physical practices.
Ashtanga yoga is a more physically demanding style. This form was popularized in the 1970s. The sequences are rigorous and the postures more intense than some of the other types of yoga.
Iyengar yoga is a slow and methodical form of practice. It’s a form of Ashtanga yoga that was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. In Iyengar yoga, the poses are held for extended periods to give the practitioner the time to adjust the alignment of the body using precise movements. Props such as blocks, straps, and chairs are often used to assist in going deeper into a pose. Teachers of Iyengar are required to go through rigorous training to qualify for certification.
Vinyasa yoga is the most athletic style. It was also adopted from Ashtanga. This form of yoga became popular in the 1980s. In Sanskrit, the term “Vinyasa” means to place in a particular way. The premise of this style is movements coordinated with the breath. The actions with the breath flow from one pose into another.
Bikram yoga was named after Bikram Choudhry. It’s a unique form of yoga where sequences of set poses are done in a sauna-like room. The room temperature is set at 105 degrees with 40% humidity. There are a series of 26 poses that are performed twice each.
Kundalini is a fast moving, energizing style of yoga. It’s both a spiritual and physical practice. The main focus is releasing kundalini energy that is thought to be trapped or coiled at the base of the spine. The postures are performed quickly with the breath. Chanting, mantras, and mediations are also part of the practice.
Yin or restorative yoga is a slow-paced style focused on relaxing the mind and the body. The postures are held longer and are a meditative practice. Props such as blankets, bolsters, and eye pillows are often used to position the body into passive poses. This is an excellent form of yoga for beginners, and to relax with after a long day.
Differences in strains
Just like yoga, cannabis has been used for thousands of years. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of cannabis products to choose from. Cannabis is categorized into strains. Each strain has a different set of characteristics such as relaxing, energizing, or calming.
Cannabis strains are different breeds developed from the same plant. The three main categories of the cannabis plant are Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. The Sativa strain is the most popular. Its properties are more energizing, and the plant is often used for commercial medicinal and recreational marijuana products. The features of the Indica plant are more relaxing. The Ruderalis plant is not well-known. It has a low THC level. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the part of the plant that gives you that feeling of being high.
Strains for meditation and relaxation
There are a wide variety of strains from the cannabis Sativa and Indica plants that have characteristics that are beneficial for yoga and meditation. The best mindset for a yoga practice is to be focused and calm. The main properties of Indica strains include focus, relaxation, and calmness. Strains of Sativa can give you the energy for the more physically demanding styles of yoga. Hybrid strains give you a little of both.
Here is a list of cannabis strains that can help you create the correct energy vibes foryour yoga and meditation practice:
- Lamb’s Bread - (Sativa) produces happiness and positive energy
- Blue Dream - (Sativa) along with happiness this strain is good for full-body relaxation
- Laughing Buddha - (Sativa) as the name states, you get a feeling of lightheartedness and deep introspection.
- King’s Bread - (Sativa) creates focus
- Northern Lights - (Indica)for a sense of tranquility and relaxation
- Girl Scout Cookies - (Indica) Potent THC content, enhances happiness and relaxation
- Triangle Kush - (Indica) has a hypnotic quality for focus and relaxation
- Kosher Kush - (Indica) strong psychoactive properties causing both mental and physical euphoria, and as a stress-reliever.
When you first start using cannabis for yoga and meditation, start with a strain that has low levels of THC. Get to know how the strain makes you feel and how your body reacts to it, and then work your way up to a comfortable level. You want to feel relaxed and focused. With the right strain, you can take your yoga and meditation practice to a whole new level of intensity.
Rebecca Akers is an enthusiastic and creative writer at THC Design. Her main goal is to spread information about growing cannabis and its health benefits.