Yoga & The Medical Cannabis Movement.
A proposed position for Yoga Teachers seeking clarity on this issue.
First Order of business is to clarify my longstanding position and one which I advocate for Yoga Teachers and the Yoga Movement:
Japa Yoga is an ancient yoga embedded deep in Vedic tradition. Usually associated with Mantras and Sutras, there are some Yogis (myself included) that put asana and breath as vibrational frequencies parallel with mantras and sutras. At the core of this and many lineages of Yoga is Pantajali’s only edict regarding Yoga---practice earnestly. It is this core principle for which I have found comfort to endorse use of Cannabis. If an earnest practice is accomplished because of Cannabis CBD products are of assistance, then so be it.
Japa Yoga, literally means “routine, repetition, nurturing and sustainability. So, a daily lifetime practice, an earnest and sustainable practice is of great inner desire for the aspiring yogi’s and yogini’s (even for the fitness crowd). Our #1 goal as teachers is to give hope and encouragement for students to own a “lifetime yoga practice”. (see Japa Learning Kit)
As I lead into the qualities of this plant that defend it as medicine for the joints and an ally for the “lifetime” or earnest practice of Yoga, let me be clear…..Advanced States of Consciousness, born of yoga can benefit from the medicinal qualities of Medical Cannabis (specifically CBD’s or Cannabinoids). Hence, to my Vedic seers, Guru’s, Pundits, Siddha’s, and scholars I offer to you….a medical component that allows traditional Yogic & Vedic thinking a way to loosen its grip.
Yoga practices that are actually being practiced …are best. For the individual, society, and world peace. For those “dabblers” in yoga maybe it’s a way to bring a daily or regular practice into your life. I can’t tell you the number of people in my teaching career espousing to practice yoga and admitting at the same time their lack of earnestness---“2 years ago”, I go once a month, every quarter, etc….this is not practicing. By the way, my only opening warm greeting to all my students in the over 15,000 hrs of formal class instruction…”we come to practice”
I further this position to encourage the Yoga Movement to embrace the current Medical Cannabis Movement for its Medical, specifically it ability to assist “joint care pain, inflammation and “blockage” of a yoga practice. Further, the support to this movement will unlock pent up consciousness that has been oppressive to many.
Let’s look at our science and the Yogic and Vedic medicine of Ayurveda (cb’s, joint care, and concoctions)
The Ayurvedic position on Cannabis or Marijuana. Ayurvedic practices vary, but the most sacred text, the Sushruta Samhita, mentions Hemp in concoctions and Vedic lore. Although the scholars may dispute plants “of the earth” in detail, it is obvious today, there are medical benefits from the Cannabis CBD’s, and for plants like Aloe, turmeric, ginger, and many others.