As a native Angeleno and longtime yoga devotee, I’m no stranger to some of SoCal's more woo-woo proclivities. And since recreational marijuana became legal this year, it was only a matter of time before yet another new wellness trend emerged to pique my interest. That’s what led me to brave rush-hour traffic from Santa Monica to Mystic Rebel Yoga’s Downtown studio with vape pen and crystal water bottle in hand.
So, what is stoned yoga exactly?
It’s pretty much what it sounds like—a yoga class you’re encouraged to take while under the influence of marijuana. But you won’t find bong circles or Bob Marley posters here. Instead, it’s an intimate setting where a vape pen is as essential as a mat.
And you, um, actually get high before class?
Yep. You’re welcome to smoke a joint or enjoy a tincture, edible or glass of THC-infused wine before taking the class. Any way you like to get your buzz is welcome. Just don’t plan to smoke in the class unless you have a vape pen...because come on, guys, this isn’t a dorm room.
Is that it?
Well, no. There’s also the yoga part. But don’t worry, the intimate class isn’t of the power yoga variety. Instead of high-intensity sun salutations and tricky arm balances, Mystic Rebel’s stoned yoga class focuses on grounding through breath and stretching the parts of your body in need of some THC TLC. It’s chill enough for non-yogis and vinyasa vets to easily participate.