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How Cannabis Can Enhance Wellness and Mindfulness

Yoga has been in my life for as long as I can remember, but the relationship I’ve had with my practice has changed drastically over the last couple years. The biggest change was in my outlook. Yoga once was just a form of exercise for me, but has become an integral part of my self-care routine, and necessary for remaining sane among the craziness of life.

If one were to look at a timeline, they’d notice this change coincidentally occurred when I moved from DC to California, transitioning from a land with strict limitations surrounding cannabis to the new frontier in the industry – I said goodbye to the days of having to text an unreliable “dealer” to replenish my stash, and hello to the concept of a med card and plenty of dispensaries within a 2-mile vicinity.

I would be lying if I said the ease of acquiring cannabis didn’t impact the frequency with which I consumed it. Who’d blame me? But I found these moments becoming less about “indulging” and the East Coast guilt surrounding it (yeah, I’m making that a thing), and more about mental health and getting in tune with myself.

I initiated a little case study as I first started out in the land of legal cannabis. Some days I’d take a hit or two before my yoga class, and some days I’d go without. I noticed a stark difference between the two: on days I’d consume, I got far deeper into my practice, was more regulated with my breathing, and less inhibited to try poses, even if they were typically out of my comfort zone. I felt alive during my practice instead of counting down the minutes until my workout was over.

Experiencing yoga in this way, without the barriers of hyper awareness and self doubt, gave me such a different experience that it was worth noting – and repeating. And now that recreational cannabis is legalized in the state of California for adults, there are tons of product options to incorporate into your routine. One of the most interesting brands I’ve come across is Dosist, which I found at Blüm Dispensary.

 

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Dosist calls themselves “the first complete solution in cannabis,” and I agree that they’ve made a revolutionary product. The brand has created a vape of sorts that gives out consistent “doses” each time. To be specific, the user inhales for about 4-5 seconds and then will feel a vibration from the pen, noting the completion of a dose. They have six different pens, with each eliciting a different vibe or feeling: bliss, sleep, calm, relief, arouse, and passion.

Dosist uses varying ratios of THC to CBD, along with culinary grade terpenes to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) inside each of us to achieve the “mood” associated with each pen. For example, the “Calm” pen is a 1:10 THC to CBD ratio, and contains terpenes like limonene, known to relieve stress and anxiety, and myrcene, known for its muscle relaxing properties. The “Relief” pen is a 10:1 THC to CBD ratio, and contains terpenes like terpinolene, known for its relaxing properties, and beta-caryophyllene, which is said to lower inflammation and reduce pain.

These effects are just a couple examples of the benefits cannabis has had on my yoga practice. Let’s be real – yoga is deeply rooted in flow and movement and some positions seem like part of a contortionist act, so it’s important for the body to be in a malleable state to achieve certain postures. Relieving the body of stress or inflammation can loosen your muscles, allowing you to get deeper into poses with less discomfort.

The usage of terpenes is also beneficial to us when in food, not just with cannabis. At a recent wellness event with Dosist at ESO Live Well, a nutritionist-curated menu featured build-your-own avocado toast, fresh berries, and egg frittatas. Avocados contain the terpene myrcene, and raspberries contain the terpene limonene, two terpenes also found in the Dosist “Calm” pen. Consuming terpene-rich foods can nourish the body and accentuate your practice, too, especially when in tandem with their counterparts found in cannabis.

Products like Dosist that blend together the plant medicine of cannabis with terpene “therapy” take the guesswork out of self care, and empower users seeking to control their mood and outlook. When trying a new product, consistency is key to understanding its effects and properly managing your dosing for next time. Keep track of how you feel in a journal to decide what the perfect dose for you might be and most importantly, have fun while doing it!

 

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An Adorable Look at Fruits and Vegetables Doing Yoga

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Marta Prior is an Illustration and Art teacher who lives in Barcelona. One of her specialities are illustrations done in ink and watercolor. Among those illustrations is this unique, and pretty darn cute, series focusing on every day produce practicing the art of yoga. Because nothing relaxes you like seeing adorable anthropomorphic foods practicing an ancient art.

While the series is nothing world-changing, scandalous, or bacon-related, it’s definitely neat to look at. Check out her rather impressive collection of watercolors below and decide for yourself. After all, even foods need to strengthen their core and better their breathing.

Cauliflower

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Cherries

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Peppers

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Radishes

Radish-Yoga

Tomatoes

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Apples

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Avocado

Yoga-Avocado

Pineapple

Yoga-Pineapple

Potatoes

Yoga-Potato

Watermelon

Yoga-Watermelon

Broccoli

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H/T Mara Prior

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This Brooklyn Bar Offers ‘Hangover Yoga’ with Complimentary Mimosas

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If there’s one thing that living in the twenty-first century has taught us, it’s that yoga cures everything from infertility to bad breath to . . . hangovers? The Cobra Bar in Brooklyn, New York certainly thinks so. Their “Hangover Yoga” classes are offered every Sunday morning and focus on providing relief for specific parts of the body affected by hangovers (child’s pose, for example, is apparently perfect for that pounding headache you get after downing one too many tequila shots).

Okay, we can get on board for a little relaxed stretching after a night of hard partying, and the Cobra Bar sweetens the deal by offering mimosas and Bloody Marys for yoga participants after the class is over. This seems like a pretty smart move, because let’s be real — the only guaranteed way to get anyone’s hungover butt into downward dog is the promise of more alcohol afterwards. Plus, there’s something very fitting about combining the ancient practice of meditative yoga with the equally ancient practice of drinking until you can’t feel your face. The bar’s resident yoga instructor seems very on board with an alcohol-infused approach to inner peace, “If you want to have a mimosa because that makes you feel better, you should.”

Happy drinking, and Namaste.

H/T + PicThx to Delish

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These Yoga Cookie Cutters are Accidentally Erotic

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I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing. Someone must be, because sexy food is not all that uncommon, whether intentional or not.

Yummi Yogi is a line of yoga-pose (asana) cookie cutters crafted by new mom/yogi, Amy Dube, for the sake of yoga and baking:

The Yummi Yogi collection is a result of two of my greatest passions—yoga and baking. My hope is that we can all slow down and be creative in our own way. And in doing so, teach our children about healthy living in and out of the kitchen.

There are five, 5×5 pieces, in shapes like Downward-Facing Dog, and Warrior 2, whatever that one is. And these are no cookie-cutter cookie cutters. According the the press release, they can also be used to shape gluten-free black bean brownies or vegan blue berry pancakes. They can be given as gifts, tossed in with baking kits, or even used for study by those of us who would otherwise be too busy eating cookies to practice Yoga.

The Yummi Yogi cookie cutters are sold online and in stores, wherever you can find erotic baking goods. So . . . probably Bed, Bath & Beyond?

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Now, come on. Tell us that (below) doesn’t make your randy.

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Yummi Yogi $8.50 (single) or $40.00 (set of 5) @YummiYogi

PicThx Yummi Yogi

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Yoga Gingerbread Cookies

I’ll be honest with you guys for a minute. I know absolutely nothing about Yoga, and for a time, I was totally okay with that fact. However, I must say that my interest was piqued when cookies were brought into the equation. Heck, I hear that this is the new way to stay in shape in lieu of going to the gym –although I think it kind of defeats the purpose of doing Yoga if you’re learning from the sweets you’ve devoured. And, I’m no expert, but I think these are the more rudimentary positions of the practice. It’s still a novel idea though.

The cookie cutters used in the process are available here for purchase, and will run you roughly $32.

(Via Incredible Things)