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Cannabis Elevates Your Yoga Experience

Getting stoned and blissing out during savasana isn’t a new concept. Many yogis regularly consume cannabis prior to entering a yoga class. But now that medical and recreational marijuana is legal in 31 states and Washington, D.C., yogis have new opportunities to stretch and smoke in a community of like-minded people.

Khara Pechtes is a Los Angeles massage therapist and yoga instructor who leads private sessions that incorporate cannabis into the practice. (Courtesy Photo)

“Before legalization, it wasn’t a thing you could talk about,” says Khara Pechtes, a massage therapist and yoga instructor in Los Angeles. “Now that this veil is being lifted there is more acceptance.”

Pechtes, who has been teaching yoga since 2013, recently became certified in Ganja Yoga and hosts private cannabis yoga classes and workshops throughout Los Angeles.

“Cannabis consumption allows us to let go and get to the spaces in between, be that physical or mental,” Pechtes told “Intentionally altering our state of consciousness can become meditative and spiritual.” The idea of tapping into a higher state of consciousness is appealing to smokers and yogis alike, which has led to a boom in cannabis yoga classes.

Cannabis yoga and public consumption

As cannabis has become legal in 31 states and Washington, D.C., yogis are elevating their practices with marijuana enhancing the experience. (Photo by Gabrielle Lurie)

The recreational use of marijuana is legal in nine states, but consuming weed in public isn’t. To get around legal restrictions on public consumption, Ganja Guru Yoga, a series of cannabis yoga classes in Denver, holds invitation-only events in private spaces. To comply with Colorado law, participants must be 21 or older. Whether or not attendees choose to possess or be under the influence of cannabis in a private space is entirely at their own discretion and risk.

“We must continue to operate privately until the public consumption laws in Denver allow for us to have a brick-and-mortar facility and public consumption classes,” explained Adam Brous, founder of Ganja Guru Yoga. The rules in California are no different. Tickets for Cannabis Enhanced Slow Flow Yoga, which will be hosted by Pechtes at Sanctum LA on Oct. 3, 2018, must be purchased in advance. All students will need to show their medical marijuana cards and sign a liability waiver to participate.

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Published: September 26, 2018

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