Patients are healing through cannabis and yoga, and the trend isn’t stopping anytime soon. There is no denying the countless cases of cannabis serving as a helpful remedy to help subside numerous symptoms.
However, what would happen if we were to integrate the healing properties of cannabis with yoga? After all, yoga has shown to be an incredibly restorative exercise. It has been shown to help with stress, energy level, vitality, mental clarity, depression, and more. Sounds like the perfect match with cannabis, right?
We talked with Stacey Mulvey, Founder of Marijuasana, to learn more on healing through cannabis and yoga. Mulvey travels the U.S. and internationally teaching all-inclusive classes fusing the wonders of cannabis with yoga, flow, and mindfulness meditation.
What is Marijuasana?
Marijuasana is a mind-body modality that combines cannabis and yoga. We offer hemp and cannabis-infused yoga classes in Denver, D.C., Boston, Las Vegas and more. Movement integrated with cannabis evokes a unique sensory experience. Classes are warm and social, with a grounding and expressive yoga for all levels.
Walk me through what a typical class looks like. What should someone expect?
We start out with a social vibe, as I have a tea bar that offers cannabidiol (CBD) infused teas. People can chat, sip tea, and get to know one another as we set up. Then, I lead the class through a yoga sequence, structured to allow people of all levels to feel included and appropriately challenged. During the short break, people grab more tea and cannabis. Next, we practice balancing and do a fun standing series. We always finish with some spinal extension (back bending), and “corpse pose.”
Why is integrating cannabis and yoga helpful?
Cannabis helps you tune into the noise of your body. It helps bring awareness to what’s happening in your structure, i.e. your physiology: your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It allows you to better detect the alignment of your bones. Detecting those alignments and determining where it is tight or loose, is what the physical practice of yoga is all about.
Beyond that, the psychology of yoga, in a nutshell, is your connection to experience. Because cannabis alters that experience, it may lead you to contemplate your connection to the universe and how you’re relating to it. There is a lot of healing through cannabis and yoga.
Who would you recommend this kind of experience to?
To everyone! Literally, everyone can benefit from mindful movement. Moving our bodies in a healthy, mindful manner is something we’ve lost in our modern era. We sit and watch TV, or we hang our heads over our smartphones. We’re barely aware of our physical selves. Getting in touch with that alone will bring tremendous benefit to every human.
That is not even taking into account incorporating cannabis into your practice. Replenishing and nourishing the starving endocannabinoid systems is something science is only now starting to “discover.” However, there is an immense amount of evidence that suggests supplementing our bodies with cannabinoids, using the entourage effect, is completely safe and beneficial for virtually every creature on the planet.
What are some of the feedback you get from students of Marijuasana?
People report feeling amazing, both in mind and body. They also tell me how much they love the overall experience. The quote that made me smile the most was “I’ve never felt so expansive!” It’s exactly what I’m hoping to transmit to people through Marijuasana.
What inspired you to start Marijuasana?
I was inspired by my own experience using cannabis in conjunction with moving my body. It’s the closest I’ve come, aside from using entheogens, to experiencing the sacred in my life. And, it’s something that doesn’t require an obedience to a church to bring about enlightenment. It really is a practice that the ordinary mortal can do. It will concretely and assuredly alter your consciousness and the way you are experiencing life. The benefits are self-evident.
Stacey Mulvey loves teaching movement, viewing it as a spectrum of energy–from yin to yang and everything in between. She began practicing and teaching mindful movement in Callanetics after having an epiphany about mortality and taking control of her own quality of life. Eventually, Mulvey discovered that cannabis helped her concentrate and enhanced her motivation. Mulvey studied at Naropa University in yoga, painting, and psychology. After completing her coursework honing her skills in mindful and meditative practices, Mulvey launched Marijuasana and dedicates her life to the coalition of cannabis and yoga.
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