For those of us who have spent the time studying spirituality, meditation, yoga and various other hippy-dippy ways of being content in the moment, you know what these things can do to improve your quality of life considerably. If you also happen to be a marijuana enthusiast, then you are aware that it’s a whole lot easier to find your Chi when you’ve had some Chiba.
This fact has not been lost on the House of Yoga in Downtown Toronto at 714 Bloor Street West. In what is probably the best combination since chocolate and peanut butter, this studio vapes two different kinds of marijuana in one yoga class to create different effects that enhance the practice. This technique allows you to ease your mind and forget about your “life issues” while you solely focus on the moves.
John Farley is a yoga teacher at House of Yoga, and he spoke to Marijuana.com about this practice. “Ganja Yoga is the exploration of one yoga practice with the additional benefit of heated marijuana. We begin our practice with a Sativa and the reason we select a Sativa is because it’s more of a cerebral effect to the practitioners.” Farley went on to point out that this effect helps give your attention the ability to focus inward on a greater scale. In many cases, the yoga teacher will instruct a series of repetitive moves and then turn off the lights so people can get a more enhanced focus with no distractions.
Marijuana is not sold at any time and practitioners are encouraged to bring their own, however, if you find yourself dry of the herb, people do share with generosity.
Once you have gone through the entire practice and feel as loose as a goose, you vape some sweet Indica, lie on your yoga mat and essentially just meld with the floor. This final “lying down” move is done with every yoga practice at the end, and is called Savasana, but with the benefits of marijuana, it becomes something much greater. You’re not just lying there wondering where to go for lunch after this is over. Instead, you hear the silence in the room and feel the slow rotation of the Earth beneath you. You are suddenly no longer in this busy metropolis in a yoga studio with other people; you’re somewhere else. It’s pretty awesome.
Classes last anywhere from 90-minutes to (no kidding) eight-hours in length, for those of us who want a spiritual journey so abundant it could be sold at Costco. Whether you are a beginner at yoga or have practiced for many years, this is an experience worth having.