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August 30, 2020 3 min read

Yoga is an ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years.  Combining meditation, poses (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama), many people continue to practice yoga today for its numerous health benefits.  Yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve strength and flexibility, help with chronic pain, and enhance overall well-being[1].

But what if you could deepen your yoga practice even further? 

There is much buzz lately regarding the combination of Cannabidiol (CBD) and Yoga.  If you haven’t heard of CBD it is one of many cannabinoids extracted from cannabis plants.  CBD is usually extracted from hemp and contains less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), meaning it won’t get you “high” like it’s marijuana counterpart. CBD works directly with the body’s own endocannabinoid system, along with the brain and nervous system, which may help to curb pain and inflammation and keep you feeling calm  and focused [2].  The overlapping benefits of Yoga and CBD make it a no-brainer combination.  From the continuous flow of vinyasa yoga to the gentler Hatha or Yin yoga’s, CBD might help you to dial in on your pranayama and asanas and enhance your yoga practice

One of the ways CBD can enhance your yoga practice is through the mind-body connection. Whether you are a beginner yogi or guru, the mind- body connection can be difficult to achieve quickly in a one-hour yoga session.  Day- to- day stresses and the busyness of life can prevent us from turning our minds off and connecting to the meditation and practice at hand.  This is where CBD can help. Research shows that CBD may help to relax and calm the central nervous system[3]. Feeling relaxed and calm will provide more focus to your practice and help to unite your body and mind. 

Adding a drop of Malibu Waves' MCT tincture or a gummy before you start your yoga session can help to put you in a relaxed state and make it easier to clear your mind. 

CBD is shown to be a safe option with minimal sedative effects [4].  Although most CBD products have less than 0.3% THC, Malibu Waves CBD products are broad spectrum and go through an additional process to remove all THC from its products

Another way CBD can further enhance your yoga practice is by relieving those sore, achy muscles after an intense session. It may also help to subdue pain before your next session.

CBD may be a great alternative to conventional pain relievers[ 5].

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Keeping pain and inflammation in check can help you concentrate and move through your asanas with greater ease, allowing you to become stronger and more flexible in your yoga practice. It could provide better recovery between sessions allowing you to practice yoga regularly and consistently. If the tincture or gummy is not an option for you, Malibu wave also carries an MCT-based salve that you can apply directly to where you are feeling sore. 

Ascend your body-mind connection with the molecular synergy of CBD and Yoga

 

REFERENCES

[1] Woodyard, Catherine. (2011). Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life. Int J Yoga 4(2): 49-54. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.85485.

[2]  Rosenberg, Evan C., Tsien, Richard W., Whalley, Benjamin J., Devinsky, Orrin. (2015).  Cannabinoids and Epilepsy. Neurotherapeutic 12(4):747-768. doi: 10.1007/s13311-015-0375-5.

[3] Shannon, S., MD, Lewis, N., ND, Lee, H., PA-C, and Hughes, S., PhD. (2019). Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series.  Perm J. 23: 18-041. doi: 10.7812/TPP/18-041.

[4] Blessing, E.M., Steenkamp, M.M., Manzanares, J., and Marmar, C.R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders.  Neurotherapeutics 12(4):825-836. doi: 10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1.

[5] Bruni, N., Pepa, C.D., Oliaro-Bosso, S., Pessione, E., Gastaldi, D., and Dosio, F. (2018). Cannabinoid Delivery Systems for Pain and Inflammation Treatment. Molecules 23(10):2478. doi: 10.3390/molecules23102478.


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