GANJA YOGA celebrates 10 years!
Ganja Yoga’s 10 year anniversary this summer! In celebration, founder Dee Dussault is headed out on her Ganja Yoga Tour from Los Angeles to New York to Toronto to Detroit and beyond. Visit www.ganjayoga.com for Tour dates and locations!
“Cannabis helped me have much more of an awareness about myself.”
In our second issue, MJ had a private sesh with the Ganja Yogi herself. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dussault has been a yoga practitioner for over twenty years. She began her practice in 1995 at the age of fifteen when her mother gave her a yoga VHS tape. While she was not athletic and wasn’t involved in sports, she figured this was something she could do. Mesmerized by the spiritual harmony of her body and mind, Dussault dedicated herself to the practice that she grew to love.
Dussault is the first teacher to begin offering cannabis-enhanced yoga. Over the nine past years, she has taught thousands of students, hosted sold-out retreats and traveled with the practice to over fifteen North American cities teaching and inspiring Ganja Yoga to students of all ages, abilities, and experience. Circumnavigating the globe, Dussault is also an international speaker and author of the Harper Collins book, “Ganja Yoga,” which shares her journey, along with the history and wellness of both cannabis and yoga. Her remarkable work has been featured in Yoga Journal, High Times, Good Morning America, Vice, Business Insider, and Glamour Magazine, just to name a few.
HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU PRACTICE YOGA A DAY?
I feel like it is 100 times a day—sporadically throughout the day, whether it be at the bus stop, stretching my calf or wherever I am being mindful of my stretch or breathing. But for long durations of time, I’d say once a day.
HOW DOES CANNABIS HELP WHEN YOU PRACTICE YOGA?
Feeling your body in a familiar pose after enhancing with cannabis is a totally different experience. With a healthy environment, the right dose and strain, it helps me find myself internally. It's really exciting in the body, and cannabis adds that salience, or sense of importance, where the inner experience becomes fascinating.
HOW DO YOU PREFER TO CONSUME CANNABIS AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STRAIN?
I love edibles for both yoga and sex. I also love to dab because it is such a clean high. I enjoy orange, grapefruit and tangerine terpene flavor profiles. I look for the most fragrant and most delicious strains. Citrus (Limonene) shows to have anti-depressant qualities, elevating mood and relieving stress.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU CAN SHARE WITH WOMEN TO HELP FEEL CLOSER TO OUR BODIES AND FEEL SEXY?
So think of sexiness on a spectrum with sensuality and sexuality. We are naturally cultivating the senses, most times without even knowing it because it doesn’t have to be a sexual movement. For instance, when you get out of the shower, maybe you apply lotion. Pay attention to the application, the texture of the lotion, how it moisturizes your freshly washed skin, the smell, the feel. Be present and mindful. Or how about the way we walk? Walk through the world how you would have sex, with grace and class, paying attention to your movements. Literally, stopping to smell the roses. Moaning after you take a bite of chocolate mousse because the chocolate is so delicate and creamy in your mouth.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC STRAINS YOU LIKE FOR FEELING SEXY?
Yes, I love cannabis lubricants and one I’m currently using is Quim Rock, a San Francisco based company established by two young women. I love everything about their product and marketing! Remember, the act of applying lubricant is like foreplay.