While these get-togethers aren’t your typical party “vibe,” they offer a drug- and alcohol-free environment for people looking to have a healthy night out. The initiative sprang from the Art of Living Foundation, a nonprofit, volunteer-run NGO that aims to promote body stimulation through music, yoga, and meditation. But let’s get to the real question: How does the Yoga Rave work?
The party begins with a quick yoga session and guided meditation to warm up the body. After this, participants are encouraged to dance to music and perhaps dabble in the alcohol-free drinks and gourmet vegetarian food provided at the bar. At the end of the night, there is another guided meditation to calm the body down. Over the course of four hours, you will have practiced, danced, and eaten your way through the night.
You can find a Yoga Rave in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Philadelphia by heading to the Yoga Rave website.
People who use marijuana for nonmedicinal purposes tend to do so to unwind, de-stress, and center themselves — a similar list of reasons some people have for practicing yoga. So, for some, the combination is a no-brainer.
Dee Dussault, a yoga instructor in San Francisco, offers classes in yoga (both with or without cannabis), tantra (a type of yoga designed to help you explore your sexuality), sex coaching, and ganja yoga. In February 2018, she told CBS News that combining weed and yoga helps to “loosen your muscles, and lower inhibitions so you’re more likely to try different moves.” The classes open with a sort of “cocktail hour” of different weed products which participants can sample, while hanging out and breaking the ice. Following the opening session is an hour of yoga with brief smoke breaks. Similar classes are being offered in a range of states, such as Colorado, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC.
You can try Dee’s cannabis yoga class in San Francisco and Oakland, California.
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