Colorado offers awe inspiring landscapes from the Rocky Mountains to the Colorado River, canyons, hot springs, waterfalls, plentiful wildlife and colorful sunsets– the perfect place for adults (over age 21) to experience the legal practice of synergizing cannabis and yoga. Since ancient times, Sadhus, Holy Yogis from India, have been pairing the sacred cannabis plant with yoga, enjoying the plants medicinal benefits. Today, Colorado is the hub of the cannabis industry, and serves as the setting for newbie’s to novices to explore the roots of conscious cannabis consumption through the practice of yoga.
When approaching Ganja Yoga in Colorado, set and setting are important factors to consider. If you are 21 or older in the state of Colorado, you are allowed to posses up to an ounce of cannabis (due to Amendment 64); however, you can not consume cannabis open or publically, especially in National Parks. You can however consume in a private place or specifically designated smoking area to ensure a peaceful experience. Factors that may affect your experience include the other people you surround yourself with, the vibe of the space (music, temperature), the specific genetic cultivar you consume, the delivery method (smoking flowers to eating edibles), previous experience levels, medical contraindications and your intention with the plant. Mindfully consuming starting with slow and small solutions helps to cultivate a positive, legal and meaningful experience.
June 10-12, 2016 at Aspen Canyon Ranch.
Shelly Jenkins, Founder of Twister Sister Yoga, is leading a Ganja Yoga Retreat ‘Elevate-and-Align’ “It’s about personal growth, to recognize our gifts and talents, utilize them and to share those gifts with the universe.” Jenkins said. Her travels to India inspired the retreat as she noticed Sadhu’s reaching enlightenment and wanted to combine her passions. The Ganjiki Ceremony will be led by Yoga and Sound Vibrational Alchemist, Ananda Glick, Melissa Walker, will provide a Circle of Essence Meditation, Kamri Dillard serves her Vedic knowledge in a special workshop and many other activities are included like cannabis cooking classes, a VIP meet-and-greet with the dispensary DANK and mandala rock painting. Jenkins plans to offer more retreats this year in the mountains of Silverthorne, CO and aims to connect participants with their hearts.
Sunday, June 26th in Denver, CO. Weekly Ganja Yoga classes, ‘Gajasana in the Garden’ and are led by Ganjasana Cannabis Plant Spirit Medicine founder, Rachael Carlevale, who models her yoga classes after the Shipibo Shamanic approach to plant medicine. Profits benefit NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws and the Committee for Responsible Use Denver. Ceremonies are designed to deepen alignment of body, mind and spirit with the master cannabis plant through the practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. ”We value the most ecologically conscious, sustainable and safe cannabis pairings with our yoga practice. We believe in medicine of the purest form that goes beyond organic cannabis and aims to not only be sustainable, but regenerative in nature, grown through permaculture styles and biodynamic living systems. In order to deepen connection with plant spirit in respect for ourselves, our community and our environment, it is vital that no chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides are used in the growing process.” Carlevale explains. Ganjasana partners with no-till companies like Permalos Consulting who specialize in Regenerative cannabis cultivation is available for private sessions and will be leading various cannabis yoga ceremonies this year throughout Colorado.
Anytime, Anywhere. CBD and THC infused massages are another sensory way to embody the plant medicine in the state. Primal Therapeutics, cannabis infused massages will come to you anywhere in the Denver-Metro Area. With benefits like boosting immunity and decreasing toxins, Founder and Massage Therapist, Jordan Helene Person notes, “My inspiration everyday is knowing what marijuana did for me to save my life as well as knowing how much these products and services truly help patients. We offer our patients something they are desperately seeking relief and education. Whether that be from pain and discomfort or they are experiencing confusion based on the knowledge that is out there. We offer our patients knowledge in addition to reduction of symptoms.”
420 Accommodations. If you want to try ganja yoga on your own, venues from campsites to luxury hotels are beginning to extend 420-friendly services, which make for special personal space to explore the effects of the mind-altering plant. There are many cannabis friendly houses and hotels in Colorado, like the Blue Sky Ranch a 120-acre luxury log cabin estate with hot tub and sun yoga porch in Black Hawk, CO. Their Wilderness version in South West, CO opens up to beautiful views of the San Juan Mountains and has a large T.P. for ceremonial use. Opening July 1st, 2016, adults can sign up for Canna Camp, an all-inclusive horse ranch including amenities like ‘Wake and Bake Breakfast,” yoga classes and guided nature hikes. For those seeking a more rustic experience, check out CanyonSide Campground in the Poudre Canyon, which has everything from furnished cabins, RV hook-ups and tent space. When you’re not practicing yoga you can enjoy their many optional activities like kayaking, fly fishing and white water rafting.
If you just want to rent a place for a couple of hours, the members-only private cannabis club, Summit Recreation Retreat is the spot. A peaceful escape in the heart of Denver, this 1400 sq ft center can be rented for four hours at a time and will even provide you with a cannabis concierge to help you pick out the perfect dispensary bud. The sunning porch makes for a tranquil yoga space among the gardens, jacuzzi, fireplaces and fully equipped bliss bar complete with a volcano and electric nail dab rig –essentials for those traveling from out of state.
Weather you are trying to join an organized ganja yoga class or want to experience the sacred pairing on your own, Colorado must be the place: supportive cannabis laws, stunning scenery, 420-friendly accommodations and passionate ganja yoga instructors. Roll your mat out, light it up and enjoy the ride.