Article by Justin O’Connell, Merry Jane
“Unconsciousness and ignorance—to [your] partner’s needs, desires, wishes, body, mind, et cetera—are the death of loving partnerships,” says Saku, founder of Ganja Devi, a Los Angeles-based holistic wellness startup that offers a variety of medicated yoga, tai chi, and tantra classes. “Truly conscious presence, laced with empathy and compassion, is the biggest gift one can give their partner.”
People everywhere struggle to maintain a strong connection with their partner and search for ways to strengthen their bond. In the Judeo-Christian West, it’s often said that couples that “pray together, stay together,” but the East offers an alluring alternative in tantra.
“Tantra is a practice of heightening sensitivity and awareness to all of the experiences around and within us,” says Saku. “Blending the bliss of cannabis with intentional and mindful tantric meditation practice, alone, or multiplied by your partner, creates quite a focused euphoria.”
Marijuana-medicated tantra sessions are common in traditional South Asian cultures. Evidence can be seen in paintings of Lord Shiva receiving bhang, a cannabis milk drink, from his beloved goddess consort, Parvati. Hindu sadhus (holy people) smoke and drink ganja, and not all of them are celibate.
In Ganja Devi’s Tantric Partner Yoga class, partners do a series of poses, exercises, and sequences designed to develop trust and balance in each other. It forces partners to ask necessary questions that often go ignored—How do you feel? What do you need from me? Less or more? Are you OK?—and also offer relationship assurances. During the poses, participants express physical and mental support for their partner, letting them know that they are safe, cared for, and will not fall.