From newbie to guru, we each have our own reasons for showing up to our yoga mats. Our lives are so jam-packed with responsibilities, career goals, relationships, family, finances, hobbies– the list goes on and on. It’s great to be able to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and focus on the things that matter; breath, postures and meditation. This stimulates relaxation helping us reach a mindful state.
Our minds and bodies, which are so often fragmented– are unified through the flow of breath and movement. Which is why so many people have been turning to a yoga practice as a way to unwind, chill out, reflect and let go. Studies show that yoga significantly lowers cortisol levels; the body’s stress hormone.
But yoga isn’t the only de-stresser tool available to us, especially with the increasing legalisation of cannabis derived CBD products on the market. These days, many yogis in the US and the UK are discovering the harmonious relationship between CBD and their asana practice. 🙏
How can CBD help with yoga?
If the word “cannabis” brings to mind tie dye t-shirts and grateful dead concerts, it’s time to re-familiarise yourself with the now booming industry that many professional athletes, business professionals and yogis are turning to for relief. CBD (Cannibidiol) the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, is a wonderful complement to yoga because of its soothing effect on our nervous system. Because CBD won’t make you high it’s entirely safe and acceptable to use during yoga practice and is now widely available in the UK.
Both CBD and yoga ease our systems from a sympathetic ‘fight or flight’ stress response, to a more relaxed parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ state. When you’re on the go, your heart is pumping, your breath is quick, your body is alert to deal with any immediate threat, be it a ferocious lion or the city’s equivalent an oncoming car. Although our encounters with life-threatening animals might not be as frequent as they used to be, our modern bodies live in a tireless state. We love yoga because it takes us out of that, we consciously slow down our breath, we move, we stretch, we empty our minds of busy thoughts, our hearts are calmer.
How does CBD work?
CBDworks with your endocannabinoid system to help maintain homeostasis, your body’s self-regulating process through which you regulate your internal atmosphere while adjusting to changing conditions in order to promote survival. This stability, commonly referred to as a ‘dynamic equilibrium,’ helps you maintain temperature, blood oxygen levels, moisture, and all of the bodily processes involved in going from a fight-or-flight state to rest-and-digest.
The endocannabinoid system has receptors throughout the body; these are put into action by important neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids. CBD mimics these endocannabinoids, and can help the body regulate its many vital functions.
Incorporating CBD + Yoga.
When used together, CBD and yoga go hand in hand, amplifying each other's restorative gifts. Many people have found that CBD and yoga are also effective in treating physical ailments such as inflammation, joint pain and muscle issues.
Because of its calming effect on the body, it may also help you while moving from pose to pose. Its calming effects on the mind helps you increase your awareness, deepening your connection to your yoga practice.
No time for yoga?
CBD is often used for similar reasons, helping you find your zen. Similar to yoga, it’s very effective at helping you unwind. Anecdotally, CBD is commonly used to help with anxiety, stress, and depression. It has also been used by others to help with pain relief and to increase sleep quality.
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