No, this isn't a super-happy cult: It's a cannabis and yoga class put together by the master of relaxation himself. We recently interviewed Yogi D about his upcoming 420 Yoga Retreat, happening at Aspen Canyon Ranch on September 30 through October 2.
For a taste of what's to come, Yogi D invited Westword into the sacred and spiritual realm that only the pairing of yoga and marijuana consumption can tap into. The class took place in Cluster Studios, an artist space that hosts cannabis-friendly events at 3881 Steele Street. The late-night crowd was comfortable, and people only got more comfortable as one-hitters were passed around in a circle outside the front door. The atmosphere was welcoming to even the most novice of beginners.
To set the mood, sponsor Green Man Cannabis supplied Ghost Train OG, a sweet-yet-pungent, sour-smelling sativa-dominant strain that is perfect for an "uplifting" high that centers on the mind (as opposed to an indica, which centers on a body high). For yoga use, Yogi D prefers sativa to keep that energized high going — but he also says that an indica isn't something to shy away from, as it really does aid in pain relief and relaxing the body.
Yogi D instructed members of the class calmly, encouraging beginners to do only as much as they felt comfortable with; his melodic voice seemed to melt into the music. That music, from Pranasphere, was a highlight of the evening. The trio of musicians soothed the crowd with meditative instruments that included a singing bowl, a percussion instrument called a "hang," and a guitar, among others; they listened to the breathing of the room and vibed out to where Yogi D was going with his energy and instructions.
Another highlight of the evening was a partner yoga, sometimes called tandem yoga or acro-yoga, in which we split up into pairs and relied on the other person's body as well as our own — back to back, foot to foot and side to side. Staying in sync with another human was exhilarating and calming at the same time.
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And, yes, the smoke break in the middle of the ninety-minute yoga session was another highlight.