Smoke your way through a sun salutation in this new Cannayoga experience. Yoga and cannabis are both ancient tools of healing that have been used by humans for thousands of years. Canna-curious Cape Town yogis can combine the two in a new Cannayoga experience.
Former pro surfer and yoga studio owner Roxy Louw has fused her loves of dope and downward-facing dogs to create a practice which she says will reach deep into your subconscious – and help keep your body healthy into old age.
Roxy’s personal journey with cannabis began 10 years ago in an unlikely place. She was cast in the movie Blue Crush 2, as a character called Acapulco Goldie. If you’re a cannabis-savvy history buff, you’ll know Acapulco Gold is a Sativa strain that was popular in the 1960s for its potency and signature green and gold colour – which Roxy discovered while researching her character online.
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“That’s when the whole cannabis world opened up to me,” she said.
But she still had to run the gauntlet of sickness and stress before she started using cannabis regularly.
“I was 21 years old, chasing the dream. I was in the movies, always busy,” she said. “I went to the doctor because I was struggling to sleep, and struggling with anxiety and depression.”
The doctor prescribed medication, but it wasn’t the cure Roxy was looking for.
“Six years later I’d had enough – something was missing from my life and I went on a hunt to find what it was. I found myself in a yoga class, switched off from the outside world and tuned in to what my body needed.”
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Through yoga and cannabis, Roxy weaned herself off her psychiatric medication completely and gained a new skill as a yoga instructor to boot.
“Cannabis helps you step out of your head and into the moment. I’m completely med-free, and cannabis has been a huge part of that.”
Now it’s Roxy’s turn to pay it forward. She created the Cannayoga experience to help others overcome the same obstacles she battled with.
“Cannayoga brings a heightened awareness of the body. It aids with depression and pain management,” she says. “We reconnect, we reboot, we get educated on cannabis.”
Together with her Kiwi fiance Sam Barton, Roxy hosted South Africa’s first Cannayoga workshop in Cape Town in May this year, as well as a weekend retreat in Swellendam in June.
So what does a Cannayoga class entail? Participants meet for “gifted cannabis consumption”, where THC options, as well as CBD-only options, will be available. While marijuana weaves its magic, Sam will present a talk on the emerging world of cannabis. Then you indulge in one hour of vinyasa flow, friendly to all levels.
“Think great beats, candlelit flow, sound bowls and complete immersions into the depths of your subconscious mind,” Roxy says.
Cannayoga’s next pop up session will be hosted this month on October 24th, in Gardens Cape Town. View event details below and join the event on Facebook for more information. Please note, this is a private and limited event. Should you be interested please contact 073 285 9077 to reserve your spot.
Date: 24 October 2019
Time: Strictly 6:30 pm for talk and consumption
Class: 7 pm (+/-60min) All level Vinyasa Flow
Venue: To be confirmed
Tickets Price: R250
This is a private event in a private place. Ages 21+. Cannabis not for sale.
All cannabis must be consumed on-site.