Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightened Self-Discovery

Dee Dussault. HarperOne, $19.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-265684-1
Dussault, a San Francisco-based certified yoga teacher, claims that she is the first Westerner to teach “enhanced,” meaning cannabis-assisted, yoga. In this hip, user-friendly guide, she covers the benefits of “stoned yoga” and how practitioners can incorporate it into their classes and home practices. According to Dussault, the Yoga Sutras prescribe the use of this “herbal remedy” (though she acknowledges some yogis believe different herbs were meant.) The author argues that cannabis can help readers deal with such ailments as migraines and ADHD, as well as with everyday stress. Dussault employs both scientific studies and humor while handing out tips on safe consumption and class etiquette. She also explains the pros and cons of various methods, including smoking, vaping, tinctures, topicals, concentrates, and edibles (the last, stronger form may make it hard to do anything but Corpse Pose, she quips). Dussault acknowledges drawbacks of marijuana use—paranoia, clumsiness, trouble with balancing poses, and, more seriously, dependency—but she is adamant about its potential for improved relaxation, personal development, and spiritual elevation. Though some yoga purists may resist the concept, Dussault makes an entertaining and well-informed case for the marriage of cannabis and yoga. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/20/2017
Release date: 04/01/2017
Ebook - 288 pages - 978-0-06-265685-8
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