How to Create Your Own CBD Yoga Routine
If you love yoga and you’ve heard about CBD, then you’ve also probably read somewhere along the lines that CBD and yoga make the perfect pair. We’re here to explain in detail why CBD and yoga are such a positive match and to set you up with all you need to know to create a winning CBD yoga routine of your own.
The Way in Which CBD Connects With the Human Body
The interesting thing about CBD and how it differs from other cannabinoids is that it has a deep relationship with the human body. While THC is the cannabinoid that gets you high, CBD elevates consciousness by getting you in touch with your body.
THC is a partial agonist of the CB1 receptor, which means it binds to that receptor and causes it to fire differently. But CBD doesn’t connect in the same way or with the CB1 receptor in any way. The connection to CBD happens outside of the brain.
Another interesting fact about CBD, particularly for those who love yoga, is that CBD has the power to prolong the savasana feelings of bliss after you leave the mat. Whenever we feel good, our brains naturally produce and release a neurotransmitter called Anandamide. If we take things back to a language level, and we look at the Sanskrit meanings behind the word, we find that ‘Ananda’ means ‘bliss’, which is why in scientific fields the Anandamide neurotransmitter is referred to as the ‘bliss molecule’.
Anandamide is fragile. It breaks down quickly in the body, which is one of the reasons why an hour of yoga doesn’t leave us feeling good for an entire month. However, research suggests that CBD suppresses the enzyme that destroys Anandamide, which means that the blissful feelings we get from our yoga sessions can be experienced for longer, much longer after the session ends, just by incorporating a little CBD into the routine. Cool, right?
CBD, Yoga & The Entourage Effect
A good place to begin is to first understand the nature of the entourage effect, a theory that defends the idea that the power of CBD is heightened when combined with other cannabinoids.
While CBD and THC – the cannabinoid responsible for getting you high – are the two most talked about cannabinoids on the market, there are over 120 naturally occurring cannabinoids and other plant compounds found in the hemp plant. Each cannabinoid or compound affects the body in different ways and when more than one cannabinoid is consumed at the same time, the entourage effect occurs.
This is one of the reasons why the majority of our CBD products, designed to support those who live an active lifestyle, are made from full spectrum oil. Full spectrum CBD, unlike CBD isolate, is packed to the brim with a wide range of other hemp-derived cannabinoids. When you choose a full spectrum oil to accompany your yoga routine, the positive effects of CBD on your yoga flow are maximized.
CBD is a cannabinoid that interacts with the receptors that form part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the human body, but it doesn’t bind with them. However, many of the other cannabinoids do bind with the ECS receptors, helping to boost CBD’s connection with the central and peripheral nervous system. The entourage effect is all about boosting the positive impact of CBD.
The Ancient Connection Between Yoga and CBD
Just to make it clear that the connection between yoga and CBD isn’t a new one. Today, with the backing of social media and google trends, newbies to CBD or the yoga scene make the mistake of thinking that the yoga-CBD match is a new idea. But, if you take the time to read sacred texts, including The Vedas and the Yoga Sutra, you’ll see that the consumption of cannabis to support yoga practices was shared many years ago, principally via word-of-mouth.
According to the Vedas, cannabis is a source of happiness. These ancient texts teach us that cannabis, and therefore CBD included, brings joy to human experience. It was compassionately given to people in ancient communities to help liberate them from worry and fear.
In a similar way, yoga has always been a practice designed to promote inner awareness and overall wellbeing. Yoga is a Sanskrit word and it means to “unite” or “to be made whole.” The tangible benefits of modern advancements simply reaffirm what ancient civilizations have always known. Cannabis and CBD have a positive effect on our lives.
Which Type of Yoga Routine is Best Supported by CBD?
We all know that yoga is a broad term. Some yoga classes are gentle in nature and geared toward flexibility. Others are faster in pace, designed to increase cardio capability and strength. The great thing about CBD is that it supports all kinds of yoga styles, because it can help you in terms of strength, flexibility, balance, and fluidity. For example, in a vinyasa session your CBD oil can help you to focus, to silence your thoughts.
The combination of CBD and yoga is by no means a new idea for many enthusiasts in the wellness sphere, but the newfound popularity that CBD has enjoyed over the past few years means that more people are now realizing the benefits of placing the two together.
The Benefits of Using CBD in Your Yoga Routine
Yoga is all about finding your focus, entering into the zone, and ignoring all external distractions, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a strenuous activity. In fact, yoga can put tremendous strain on tendons and ligaments, especially when we don’t train correctly.
Increased flexibility, fluidity, and suppleness; improved balance and a demand to strengthen body alignment and positioning. Yoga isn’t for the light-hearted. Even stretching our bodies can push us to the limits, particuarly when flexibility isn’t our strong point. And this is where CBD comes into play. As we stretch our bodies, we actually activate the endocannabinoid receptors in our muscles, which gives CBD a greater opportunity to interact with us internally and help us to go that extra flexibility mile.
As we deepen our stretch in the yoga class and we allow CBD to enter into our muscles through our endocannabinoid receptors, we also benefit from relaxed muscle tissue, a relief from muscle pain, reduced muscle tissue inflammation, enhanced satellite cell differentiation – which leads to faster recovery – and greater support for protein synthesis through cortisol reduction. Cool, right?
Creating Your Own CBD Yoga Routine
Today, we’d like to share with you a simple CBD yoga routine that acts as an introduction to the powerful combination of CBD and yoga. It’s also a routine designed to accommodate all levels of yoga experience.
Roll out your mat in a quiet space with zero distractions and grab a bottle of CBD oil tincture. We recommend our LEVEL500 CBD tincture, as it has been specially formulated to increase calm and focus. Drop a 1ml shot of our LEVEL500 under your tongue and then position yourself in the most comfortable position possible on your yoga mat.
We’ll begin with a 10-15 minute meditation, as this will give the CBD you just ingested time to circulate through your body and kick into gear. Reflect on a positive intention and concentrate on slowing down your breathing, breathing in to the count of 3 and out to the count of 5. A positive intention could be: I am going to completely relax and completely commit to my yoga practice.
Work your way through the following yoga asanas and then repeat the sequence again and again, each time spending less time in each asana and therefore increasing the pace of your flow…
Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose)
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
Spend 20 minutes moving from one asana to the next and then bring things to a close with a final meditation in which you can reflect on how committed you were to your positive intention. You can also use the time in the final meditation to actively sense where and how the CBD is interacting with your body. Take note of the sensations you experience. Be present in all that the tincture offers you.
For more help and advice on the right kind of CBD yoga routine for you, just reach out to us via our Instagram channel: @getevoke.