Article by CBC News
Class was supposed to start almost 20 minutes ago. Most of the yoga students are still socializing, sipping tea and taking a few last tokes of marijuana.
The group slowly makes their way to their mats, spread out in the centre of the Green Sprouts Cafe and Vapor Lounge. The Barrie, Ont., cannabis lounge hosts cannabis yoga classes every Sunday.
“We’re always 15 minutes late,” said cannabis yoga instructor Trina Wannamaker. She was busy toking up too.
The cannabis class is a lot like regular yoga. There are downward dogs, child’s poses and cobras. But some students have vaporizer bags at their side, ready for tokes when needed. Others get high before class, using volcano-shaped vaporizers.
Erin Jewell, who co-instructs the class with Wannamaker, said students are welcome to toke up at any point though there’s no obligation to.
“Where a normal instructor would say, ‘Hey, have a glass of water,’ we’ll say, ‘Have a glass of water or a bit of a toke.'”
For Jewell, the pairing helps her focus more.
“It’s a connection of the mind and the body, which is hard to achieve in Western society at all, but especially if you are completely stone sober, it’s not likely to happen at all,” she said.