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
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
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
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.