by Stefanie on 13/06/2013 | Uncategorized

Cannabis and Meditation: Ganja Yoga

There are many different types of yoga, and all of them have the same common goals: physical, mental and emotional improvement as well as emerging of subject and object reality into the classical cultural mystic state and experience of oneness. How is this done? Through breathing techniques, poses or asanas, and meditation. For some yogis, the combination of cannabis and meditation is THE experience. Yoga means union. To this, cannabis can offer it’s beneficial qualities to the seeker of this state. Also, when being high, one can better focus on his breathing.


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There are many different types of yoga, and all of them have the same common goals: physical, mental and emotional improvement as well as emerging of subject and object reality into the classical cultural mystic state and experience of oneness. How is this done? Through breathing techniques, poses or asanas, and meditation. For some yogis, the combination of cannabis and meditation is THE experience. Yoga means union. To this, cannabis can offer it’s beneficial qualities to the seeker of this state. Also, when being  high, one can better focus on his breathing.

Yoga and marijuana, together…It’s like putting salt on your food. It’s just a little enhancement”, says Tanya Pillay, Toronto-based actress, writer and hypnotist.

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Courtesy of Dee Vee Marie

Ganja yoga is a rather new development in the yoga world, perhaps finding it’s hype in the US after legalization in Washington and Colorado, and dozens of states allowing medicinal cannabis. In several Canadian cities it is being practiced since years. Ganja yoga classes were mentioned in HIGH TIMES magazine as “Pot’s Greatest Hits of 2012”.

But behind this possible new hype is an old tradition, a history. The combination of cannabis and Yoga goes way back. The Times of India even writes that yoga originated from Shiva, a Hindu deity. Shiva has been described as an omniscient yogi.

Cannabis enhanced yoga classes are relaxation gatherings. Usually, the yogis vaporize, since this is the cleanest way to smoke ganja. Eating it before is also possible, but vaporizing is much easier to doze.

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Courtesy of Dee Vee Marie

Cannabis stimulates an area of the brain called the pineal gland, which in meditation is called the 3rd eye chakra. Smoking before or during class makes students more receptive to the poses and philosophies behind the activities. That cannabis works as a muscle relaxer and pain reliever only adds to the benefits. Dee Vee Marie, one of the first yoga teachers in the West introducing cannabis to yoga practice and owner of FOLLOW THE BLISS in Toronto, uses the plant as a sacred vehicle during practice. She believes that awareness increasing substances are the crux of all mystical traditions. She touts cannabis, mushrooms, and herbs as tools for awakening the “God within.”

Cannabis is humanity’s oldest crop, so it is not surprising to find that it has been intricately associated with spiritual awakening.”, Lu from The House of Yoga in Toronto.

But Lu also comments that she personally doesn’t think ganja yoga will become a trend, because of the social anxiety about publicly admitting to smoking cannabis. She certainly hopes that there will be an “increased acceptance of using sacred plant medicines as spiritual tools”.

Sensi Seeds will continue to watch, write and enlighten…

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Sylvia Wasden

I am interested in learning more. I find this concept to be supportive of doing yoga, especially Kundalini. Awareness, relaxation, and perspection is enhanced.

20/08/2014

chandan kumar pathak

I just want to know whether marijuana has any side effects or does it effects short term memory ?

12/01/2015

Martijn

Hello, thank you for your comment!

I think you will find these articles very interesting. If you search/check our blog you will find more of these.

Cannabis and memory: https://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/cannabis-use-lead-poor-memory/
Difference indica and sativa: https://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/difference-between-indica-and-sativa/ (scroll down for the difference in effect)
11 things to know before trying cannabis: https://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/11-things-know-trying-cannabis-first-time/

Hope this helps.

Best regards!

12/01/2015

Anders

Oh, very interesting post! I am also very versed in yoga.

18/04/2016

Mark J

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What you will notice by regular use of my formula is a high level of energy centered around the brain and head. Your mind will pick up this energy as a rising vortex force and you will actually feel this energy in your crown chakra. It is really quite phenomenal. I recommend daily use of my formula. For months now, I have never failed to maintain this amazing and healing energy throughout my body and into my highest chakras.

03/05/2016

Ganja is tha best

Let us know what you think pinike is best.

02/10/2016

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This is a great blog , I love and like your blog. Great blog.

16/10/2016

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