Yoga and cannabis have become a popular pairing for many across North America in recent years. Ganja Yoga uses the healing power of cannabis and the meditative state and physical exertion from yoga to create a combination that many find beneficial.
Although this activity has taken off in areas where cannabis is legal, many people disregard the original links between cannabis and yoga.
Ganja Yoga – History
India is the birthplace of yoga, and also the birthplace of the word “Ganja”. Many people wrongly give credit to Jamaica for this word, but in truth, it is from India.
The word ganja originated in a language known as Sanskrit, which is an Indo-Aryan language of Asia. Furthermore, the term ganja originates from the Ganges River in India, where some of the first known Cannabis Indica was grown.
Yoga has a history that dates back at least 5,000 years, although, some scholars argue that yoga can be traced back as far as 10,000 years.
The Links Between Cannabis & Yoga
As mentioned, yoga is an ancient practice, found to be recorded in extremely old and sacred texts known as the Rig Veda. These texts combine mantras, songs, rituals, and more for wellness and spiritual fulfillment.
The ancient Indian god Shiva is also consistently linked to cannabis in Hindu culture, either burning cannabis as incense or smoking in a chillum pipe. In modern Hindu temples, members often recreate the rituals of the past by smoking hashish and then partaking in songs, mantras, and meditation.
Yoga Sutras 4.1, the most important text ever written about Yoga, states: “the subtler attainments come with birth or are attained through herbs, mantra, austerities or concentration…”Yoga Sutras 4.1
Also, Indian and Hindu culture has a 5,000-year-old medical science known as Ayurveda. This medical science aims to achieve clarity of peace and mind.
Modern Ganja Yoga
In states such as California, Oregon, Washington, and also in Canadian cities such as Toronto, Ganja Yoga can be found quite easily through a simple online search.
For example, Ganja Yoga Toronto, at The House of Yoga offers 6 Ganja Yoga classes per week with a range of levels available. Their classes are on a first-
come-first-served basis, so show up about 15 minutes beforehand to sign up.
Recent law changes have prevented participants from vaping or smoking indoors, so in this next section, we will give some advice on how to prepare for your first Ganja Yoga class.
The Best Way To Participate In Ganja Yoga
Smoking cannabis dries out the body somewhat, so here are two recommended methods of consumption before attending a yoga class.
Vaping Cannabis Before A Ganja Yoga Class
Vaping cannabis has become especially popular for its convenience and ability to medicate a patient very quickly and efficiently. Vaporizing your cannabis also brings out other cannabinoids, some of which are especially valuable in athletic recovery.
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Consume Cannabis Edibles Approximately 30 Minutes Before Ganja Yoga
Cloudy Kitchen offers a range of cannabis edibles that would be suitable to consume prior to a yoga class. Try these ones around 30 minutes to an hour before class:
- Cannabis Edibles: Breakfast Waffles
- Cup of Marijuana Tea (Hot or Cold)
- Small Piece of Cannabis Quiche With Marijuana-Infused Pie Crust
- Cannabis Peanut Butter Cookies
- Small Piece of Marijuana-Infused Chicken Breast