Most people in the U.S. turn to yoga for one or more of the following reasons: for increased strength, for improved flexibility, to reduce stress or feelings of anxiety, and to encourage a better night’s sleep. What might be interesting to some of you, is that all these positives can be enhanced when combining a regular yoga routine with the body benefits of CBD.
But let’s take one step back for a minute and talk about yoga popularity in the U.S. There are more yoga studios, more yoga apparel stores, and more conversations about yoga and meditation practices than ever before, particularly in the big cities. In fact, around 37 million people in the U.S. practice yoga, which is about one in ten people nationwide.
The answer is actually quite simple… Our stressful lives have pushed us in the yoga direction.
The Stats on Stress and Anxiety
When we delve into the statistics on stress and anxiety in the U.S., the data is cause for concern. According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), all U.S. citizens experience stress and anxiety at one time or another.
Stats conclude that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting around 40 million adults across the country, with older adults suffering just as much as the young. And while anxiety disorders are highly treatable, the ADAA confirms that only 36.9% of those suffering actually receive some kind of treatment.
Enter the yoga class…
We Love Yoga
Not only do we love getting stronger, becoming more flexible, and improving posture, but we love the way a solid yoga class helps us to clear our minds, leave the stresses and strains of our busy lives at the door, and prepare our bodies for a deep and rejuvenating sleep. It’s fun, active, and great for mind, body and soul.
So, when combining yoga with CBD, one of the most body-beneficial cannabinoids in existence, the experience is heightened and the benefits enhanced. Let’s get stuck into the details…
CBD and Yoga
If you’ve explored the basics of CBD and the human body, you’ll know that CBD interacts with the human body via the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and, in this way, directly influences the regulatory functions that respond to yoga. This means that when you consume CBD and participate in a yoga class, the two work together in harmony, enhancing each other’s properties. Cool, right?
The Benefits of CBD and Yoga
While clinical trials and scientific testing on the benefits of CBD are scarce, the anecdotal evidence to support the benefits of pairing CBD with yoga abound. Here are some of the benefits we believe most interesting to highlight…
Meditation and yoga go hand in hand, which is why CBD is such a great addition to the mix, because it’s one of the cannabinoids that helps to slow the racing thoughts that are the product of our stressful lifestyles. CBD is a calming cannabinoid.
In a similar way, our busy lives sometimes make it difficult for us to switch off and truly connect to the moment, which is what we need to do if we want to get the most out of our yoga class. CBD can help you to focus faster and for longer, helping you to get yoga-ready in record time.
One of the great things about CBD is that it’s an efficient anti-inflammatory agent. This means it helps to reduce swelling around injured or sore parts of the body which, in turn, makes it easier to perform and enjoy the standard yoga postures (asanas).
Some people think that yoga is nothing more than a way to relax, but anyone who actually practices yoga on a regular basis will know that an hour’s class can be incredibly challenging. The muscle strengthening activities we perform in a yoga class can put the body under a fair amount of stress, which is why a few drops of CBD oil after class can help with recovery, soothe sore muscles, and prepare the body for a deeper, more rejuvenating sleep.
A Few Tips for your Next Yoga Class
If you’re intrigued by the idea of using CBD to enhance your yoga experience, then we’ve got some helpful tips to share with you related to CBD products and their uses…
20 minutes before the start of your class, try taking a few CBD oil drops (also referred to as tinctures). We suggest a tincture that contains around 500mg of CBD, as this will help you find your calm and focus without making you too relaxed to get the most out of the class.
CBD infused topicals can be applied before, during, or after the class, to ease any joints and/or sore muscles that might prevent you from enjoying your class to the max. A post-yoga bath, with a CBD-infused bath bomb, or a pre-sleep dose of a 1500mg tincture, are two options you can try to get the relaxation and recovery your body deserves after a full-on yoga practice.
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