High Yoga: 3 Poses Perfect for Reaching an Elevated State

High Yoga: 3 Poses Perfect for Reaching an Elevated State

With 420-friendly yoga studios opening up around California, everyone is excited about getting bendy while they’re getting blitzed.

But if you’re new to yoga (and even if you’re new to smoking weed), we got you covered with some beginner yoga poses to practice when you’re high.

Let’s get started with some high yoga.

1. Mountain Pose

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This pose may look easy, but with the right intentions, it can be a great starting point for any yoga practice.

First, plant your feet into your mat, about shoulder width apart. Spread apart your toes, and grab the floor with them. Your feet should feel rooted to the ground.

With slightly bent knees, make sure your pelvis is neither curved forward nor back. Contract your abs, and tilt your pelvis underneath your tailbone. You shouldn’t feel any pressure on your lower back.

Now imagine that a string from the bottom of your feet is lifting through your body and up out of the top of your head. Lift your spine and roll your shoulders down and back so that you stand as high as a mountain. Keep your arms at your sides, and face your palms up or down. Whatever feels right to you.

Feel the sensations through your body from the pose as well as the effects of the cannabis, and be mindful of the present moment.

2. Warrior 2 Pose

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From mountain pose, Warrior 2 will expand you and open your body further.

Widen your stance and twist your hips so that you are facing one leg with the other behind you.

Then, slowly bend your front leg until it’s at a 90-degree angle, and your back ankle is at a 45-degree angle with the ground. Activate your abs, and tilt your pelvis under your tailbone so that your spine is straight.

Your front knee should be directly above your front foot, your back leg should be straight.

Lift your spine and gaze ahead, and slowly lift your arms until they’re parallel to the floor.

Keep your arms straight, and play with holding your palms up toward the ceiling or down toward the floor for a different stretch.

While high, this pose may challenge your balance but will help you to feel grounded, strong, and graceful. Enjoy some deep breaths in this pose before you come out of it. Feel free to come back to mountain pose and try getting into Warrior 2 with your opposite leg leading so that you can even yourself out.

3. Bridge Pose

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Start by lying on your back with your feet planted onto the floor. Inch your heels up as closely as you can to your bum, and then lift your hips until your muscles feel engaged, but if you feel any back pain, lower your hips until it’s comfortable.

Tuck your shoulders underneath your body, squeeze your shoulder blades together, and clasp your hands together on the mat underneath you.

Your chest should feel nice and open so that you can breathe deeply into this pose.

Cannabis can help with being totally present and in your body during your yoga practice. Don’t be afraid to push yourself with your high yoga practice, but don’t push yourself too far or until you’re uncomfortable. Move in a way that feels good to you.

What’s your favorite strain to stretch with? Let us know in the comments section below!

Namaste.

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3 Reasons Cannabis is Your New Weight-Loss Secret

Cannabis may be renowned for giving you the munchies, but the munchies are not making you fat.

In fact, it could be helping you along your weight-loss journey.

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Researchers looked at 4,657 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, and of them, compared the 579 cannabis users to the 1975 non-users. In 2013, The American Journal of Medicine concluded,

We found that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR [homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance], and smaller waist circumference.

Click here to read the full article.

These three conclusions from this study are your new reasons why cannabis is your hidden weapon to tackle weight loss.

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1. Better regulated insulin levels.

The 579 people who regularly used cannabis had an approximate 16% lower level of insulin than their non-using counterparts.

When your insulin levels are normal, you’re able to get the glucose into your cells so your body can use it for fuel. However, if your insulin levels are too high, it can lead to problems with glucose control.

A person who suffers from diabetes will show elevated insulin levels.

2. Lower body mass index (BMI) and lower prevalence of obesity.

Despite the associations with increased caloric intake, the BMI (the measure of body fats) for those participants who never used cannabis, used it in the past, and current users respectively had an average BMI of 29.1, 28.5, and 27.2 (kg/m^2).

This means that those who currently use cannabis had a lower measure of body fats than those who used it in the past and of those who’ve never used cannabis before.

We speculate that this could potentially mean that the effects of cannabis are influencing our susceptibility to obesity and a breakthrough in weight-loss technology.

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3. Lower waist circumference.

The most simplistic way of measuring weight-loss is to record the actual circumference of the waists of the test subjects.

The results of the measurements revealed that current users, on average, had smaller waistlines by 3.8 cm than their non-user counterparts.

These participants probably weren’t aware that their attendance in the cannabis community may have been influencing their weight-loss.

The link between cannabis and weight-loss is still under debate. As the industry expands, so does the need for research and development. While the causality is still being interpreted, the evidence may be pointing to a cannabis weight-loss secret that is waiting to be unlocked.

Would you be open to experimenting with cannabis for weight-loss purposes?

Leave a comment below to share your opinion.