With legalization in Washington and Colorado and over a dozen states allowing cannabis for medical use, it seems there is a buzz spreading through North America these days. Some members of the yoga community have caught it as well, leading to some recent news stories about the development of Ganja Yoga.
However, not all schools of yoga, nor advocates of the Eastern practice approve of cannabis-enhanced asana sessions, and this has led to some debate.
Most of the critics of the combination of cannabis with yogic practice seem to assume this is a rather new development; an offshoot of the medical marijuana movement and the growing cultural use in the West of cannabis, but the reality is the combination of marijuana and Hatha Yoga is considerably old as can be seen from a thorough examination of the historical record, which shall be cited here.
However, it is first important to note that one of the causes of this debate, is the confusion that yoga is simply a form of fitness and exercise, as it has become largely seen in the West. This actually just represents one branch of yoga, Hatha Yoga—or the yoga of postures.
– Read the entire article at elephant journal.