Welcome to CBD Yoga
In the past several millennia, cannabis has been revered as highly spiritual. Whether it was for medicinal purposes, trade, nourishment, or rituals, the plant has long inspired connection, gratitude, and overall well-being, from the inside and out.
Combined with yoga you have two ancient tools with their roots in healing the body. Pairing the two is nothing new, both have been used together for thousands of years. Records found dating back to 7th century A.D. link cannabis use with Tantric Yoga philosophy. Lord Shiva, the Hindu God, is said to be the Lord of Ganja due to the myth of him giving the plant to humans to use for enlightenment. The Vedas, which is the earliest texts of spiritual guidance, is recorded to have combined cannabis with yoga as far back as 2000-1400 BCE.
The Rastafari have been using ganja with their meditation practices from the beginning as a vehicle to a better understanding of the Self and a deeper connection to the Divine.
Then came along what could be describe as a speed bump in form of prohibition and with it, all the historical significance quickly became buried in misinformation and falsehood.
Legalisation and scientific studies
Thankfully in recent years largely due to scientific studies and the ability of the internet to facilitate people in doing their own research the facts are widely available. In 1990, scientists asked how can this one plant help so many different ailments? The answer they found came with the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, named after the plant. The endocannabinoid system is a system of receptors located throughout the body, in the brain, organs, glands, muscles, connective tissues, and immune cells.
The goal of the endocannabinoid system is homeostasis – to maintain a stable internal environment. If it gets thrown out of balance, the body can suffer from many types of diseases. Scientists found two cannabinoid receptors that help maintain that homeostasis: CB1 and CB2.
This change in public opinion and support for legalisation for cannabis is at an all time high CBS News poll. This isn’t just the option of the American people there have been numerous countries world wide legalising the cannabis plant. In the UK CBD has been legal since 2016 as long as it doesn’t exceed the legal level of the cannabinoid THC of 0.2% which all Cannakinetic products fall under.
The benefits of CBD really started to penetrate the mainstream consciousness this year (2018) when British high streets started stocking CBD and the NHS now prescribe a brand of CBD product called Sativex.
The Benefits of CBD and Yoga
Now that the reputation of the medicinal plant is slowly starting to be rediscovered its time to rediscover the heart of the matter and open peoples eyes to the simple fact that used on its own in a range of CBD products it can do do some real good, CBD yoga is bringing it back to its spiritual roots.
CBD-infused yoga brings a heightened awareness and focus to the body helping you to sync mind, body and breath more efficiently which in turn aides with anxiety, depression and pain management.
Using CBD and yoga together helps tone down the analysing and preparing that goes on in the prefrontal cortex of the brain so you can focus more on the sensual engagement and sensory experience. Both CBD and yoga are harmonious, amplifying each other's restorative gifts. CBD's calming effects on the mind make us more aware of our bodies, deepening our connection to our yoga practice.
Yoga benefits in general help with stress management, lower blood pressure (which aids in cardiovascular health), increases metabolism, supports your immune system, and strengthens muscles and joints.
When it comes to treating pain, the combination of yoga and CBD is a powerful tool. CBD and yoga are individually said to relieve pain and inflammation.
Yoga Classes near me
Instructors and practitioners are starting to use CBD as both a pre-practice and post-practice physical aid. A mindfulness tool to drop deep into their practice quickly.
CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, is a wonderful complement to this practice because of its soothing effects on our nervous system. Both CBD and yoga ease our systems from a “flight or fight” stress response to a more relaxed “rest or digest” state. CBD may not make you high like THC, but like yoga, it’s super effective at helping you chill out. CBD is often used to treat mild cases of anxiety, stress, and depression.
Both CBD and yoga are also effective in treating physical ailments such as inflammation, and joint and muscle issues. CBD can help mollify aches and pains you may experience while moving from pose to pose. CBD infused yoga will speak to the parasympathetic nervous system bringing a deeper relaxation and connection to your inner self. Yoga promises bliss and spiritual awareness, while CBD helps our body respond well to these virtues.
Cannakinetic will be running CBD infused yoga classes throughout the UK in 2019, if you would like more details contact us via our Facebook page or on the website.
We believe that Thomas Edison said it best: “There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of disease as now, and all their discoveries are trending toward the truth that you can’t improve on nature.”