Let’s get controversiallllllll!!
I know what you’re thinking: whoa, a therapist is releasing a podcast episode about marijuana?! Relax - I’m not endorsing nor condemning the use of marijuana, but this is a growing industry (punny!) and cannabis yoga is a thing now, just like beer yoga. It’s a controversial topic within the yoga-sphere and in the therapy world. While I am well-aware that research on the effects of cannabis is still young and limited due to federal regulations, more and more people are using it to alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, to overcome opiate addictions, and the list goes on. I don’t think you can go into any store today without seeing something that has CBD added to it! I know people who swear by it. In addition, I’ve seen first-hand the negative effects of marijuana on young developing brains (e.g., the onset of early psychosis). See what I mean? Controversial! I hope that listeners can come with an open mind and trust their own autonomy. This is a safe and nonjudgmental place, and everyone is absolutely entitled to any opinion they may or may not have.
I’m very excited to release this episode today, and I know you’re going to dig it as much as I do. I learned so much from my chat with Stacey, and I loved getting to know her and hearing more about her fascinating story. She is a really brave, cool, genuine, and empowered woman, and talking with her was so effortless.
I know you’ll love this episode, and I promise you don’t need to imbibe in cannabis to appreciate it!
*Skip to 6:07min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview
In this episode we hear:
about Stacey’s background and how at a young age she broke free from the Mormon culture/religion
briefly about the research that continues to develop on the impact of marijuana use on mental health
how she came to teaching yoga through pole dancing, Callanetics and Pilates
the importance of understanding anatomy in order to teach
about Stacey’s upcoming yoga teacher training that she created for her company Marijuasana
recognizing the pros and cons of imbibing in cannabis
how Stacey created her business Marijuasana
Stacey’s “coming out” with cannabis
about Stacey’s experience being a female entrepreneur
about how yoga can be joyful
about the power of community with yoga and cannabis use
about her style of teaching
about Stacey’s views on cannabis as a drug and a form of medicine
the difference between Sativa and Indica and how not all marketing of their effects are accurate
Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):
Science of Yoga
Dr. Jared Kass at Lesley University
What the heck are terpenes
Information for Stacey’s YTT that starts June 18th!
Follow Stacey’s company Marijuasana on Instagram
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram