California Weed

Relaxation reaches new high: Legal weed in California gives ganja yoga a boost

FILE -- A woman extends her arm into the air at Yoga in Park at Fremont Park on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
FILE -- A woman extends her arm into the air at Yoga in Park at Fremont Park on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The Sacramento Bee

If they haven’t already tried it, some Californians are ready to combine tree and tree pose.

Cannabis yoga (exactly what it sounds like: yoga classes where marijuana consumption is allowed and encouraged) has been around for years. But with recreational pot legalized in California at the start of 2018, the exercise/relaxation fad continues to swell in spotlight and momentum.

Instructors like Dee Dussault, who teaches ganja yoga in San Francisco and Oakland, can now advertise their classes more openly, CBS San Francisco reported this week, and can also hope to attract pot newbies.

“I’m floating on air,” one student, who said marijuana helps with her migraines, told CBS San Francisco.

The process is simple: consume marijuana and socialize beforehand; stretch out in a hatha yoga session; and then wrap up with a 30-minute, sobering-up period.

But you don’t have to toke up if you don’t want to. “It’s always up to you,” an FAQ on the class website points out.

Business is booming, and Dussault plans to expand to more cities soon. The vote to legalize recreational weed in November 2016 led attendance in Dussault’s class to almost double in the following year, Business Insider reported. She has been teaching her class in the Bay Area since 2012.

As Dussault has previously claimed to media, the medicinal and relaxing qualities of marijuana make it go well with yoga, “like peanut butter and chocolate.” Dussault also penned “Ganja Yoga,” a book published last April detailing the specifics and benefits of the exercise.

Dussault’s is not the only option, of course. Marijuasana focuses on “a slow and controlled style of yoga,” offered in pop-up classes in spots where medical and/or recreational weed is legal.

Cannabis yoga is one of many examples of efforts to capitalize/profit on the substance since its Jan. 1 legalization – from the obvious, like dispensaries, to one particularly clever Girl Scout.

Like much of the weed landscape, there’s some gray area as to what will be tolerated. Yoga studios? Seems to be OK. Churches? Not so safe.

Meanwhile in Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational weed, Denver business owners are fighting to establish one of the nation’s first legal and regulated marijuana clubs, which would charge entry fees.