The 8 Best Strains to Destroy Your Yoga Flow at Home
Whether you’re gently delving into a series of deep asanas or feeling cheered on for a medium flow of vinyasa, practicing yoga can be vastly improved with the right strain of cannabis. There are several strains of cannabis that are excellent bronchodilators and aid in the deep, even breathing that yoga forces. Other strains are excellent muscle relaxants that will help even the most rigid of us maneuver into longer utkatasana. But more than physical support, many phenotypes can help calm the mind and open pathways to deep meditative flows and an unobstructed flow of prana.
For consumers who practice yoga in the safety of their own home, attending a cannabis show can turn an already valuable, rejuvenating workout into a transcendental cosmic adventure. The next time you pull out the mat for traditional hatha work or even tantric exploration, consider one of these eight varieties so that you can get the most out of your session, both physically and spiritually.
Slurricane’s genetics make it a popular strain for relaxing, but instead of falling asleep on the couch, take advantage of the strain’s supposedly deep physical relaxation to explore deeper, more intense yoga poses.
Those who prefer Slurricane tout the strain for its comfortable onset, strong euphoria, and sizable body stone. All of these are effects that could potentially be used for extremely low-stakes training that is mostly done at rest.
Slurricane is a sugary cross of Dosidos and Purple Punch, both strains known for their abundant trichomes. In addition to snow-covered buds, expect a perfume of fruity, earthy, funky and peppery exhalations.
Zkittlez was bred from a cross between a grape monkey and a grapefruit, and although its genetics lean towards indica, its effects can be slightly energetic depending on the consumer’s resting state.
The effects of this strain are highly cerebral. The fans report a bright, creative euphoria that tapers properly to a soothing body high. Zkittlez has a relatively low percentage of THC, in fact the median is around 15%. If you flow through poses only to be shuffling in relaxation soon after, a pull from Zkittlez can make the transition so much smoother.
Zkittlez is a highly awarded strain, often known for its intense sweetness. Expect dark green, finely sugared nugs with strong, complex layers of tropical fruits, citrus fruits, and ripe berries both on the scent and on the exhale.
Aspiring yogis who prefer a milder indica vibe should consider Kush Mints, an indica-oriented hybrid with a precise parity of calm physical relaxation and lively creative bliss. This strain was bred from a cross of Bubba Kush and Animal Mints, and the resulting flowers are dense and crystalline. Consumers report heights that are manageably weightless and euphoric, both mood elevation and superficial pain relief that could prevent a body from truly relaxing and achieving fully satisfying flow.
Kush Mints, as the name suggests, has a minty terpene profile with subtle notes of citrus and sweet herbs, though many swear they taste cookies too.
A well-balanced, versatile hybrid that’s responsive enough to support both sweats and a night of lounging is RudeBoi OG. Although the genetics of this strain lean slightly towards indica, her springy heights are reported as often as her drowsiness. Those looking to get lost in their flow without splashing out halfway may find some value in the considerate balance of indica and sativa effects in this strain.
RudeBoi OG is a cross between Irene OG and Face Off OG and features deep green, compact nugs with bright orange hair and sparkling trichomes. Expect an earthy aroma reminiscent of freshly brewed coffee, mint, pine, and sage, and a grassy, botanical exhale with a subtle peppery finish.
Not every yoga flow is a candlelit Zen affair. Some rivers contain energetic, modern dance and aerobic elements. These routines, designed to wake up your day or liven up your afternoon, can benefit from a little jazz pre-workout.
Jazz is a semi-rare strain with mysterious genetics that some attribute Haze and others to the pure landrace line. While the judging panel has not yet decided on the parentage, the impact is well documented. This strain is a sativa-forward hybrid with highly euphoric effects that has been reported by consumers as borderline manic, but is convenient to use when used before a strenuous physical activity like Bikram Twerk Yoga or Rooftop Samba Yoga.
Jazz flowers are deep green nugs accented with dark orange hair and a cashmere coating of crystals. Expect a peppery, citrus mouthfeel with top notes of mint and pine and a rich aroma of tropical fruits, candied lemon and subtle funk.
Perhaps the hardest part of any workout, even a low impact yoga flow, is motivating yourself to get involved in the activity in the first place. It can sometimes be difficult to show yourself off on the yoga mat in your own living space. On days when it feels like getting on the mat, a few puffs of Durban cookies can turn that mood around altogether.
Durban Cookies is an exciting cross of the Durban Poison and GSC, both of which are uplifting tribes in their own right. However, when crossed they create a flower that is reported to provide significant therapeutic effects as well as the euphoric energy of its parent strains.
Durban Cookies flowers are light green, dense, and lightly sugared with trichomes. Expect a nuanced fragrance profile with notes of roasted coffee, pine and mint and the familiar, sweet vanilla biscuit exhalation from GSC.
Balance is a crucial element of both a yoga flow and a consciously cultivated hybrid strain. So if your flow feels a little crooked, consider a course correction with a phenotype for which balance is the primary goal.
Lilac Diesel is an elegant cross of Silver Lemon Haze, Forbidden Fruit, Citral Glue, Chem D I95, NYC Diesel and Cherry Pie, all artfully crafted into a perfectly balanced 50/50 Indica / Sativa hybrid. The highs are supposedly sparkling and energetic, with invigorating, mood-lifting, and gently relaxing effects – all equally.
Lilac Diesel’s flowers are comfortable and broad, with a subtle purple undertone in both the nug and trichomes. Expect a strong diesel perfume with sweet berry undertones and a hearty, gaseous exhale.
Originally bred for therapeutic purposes, this indica-forward hybrid was part of heritage breeder Hank van Dalen’s line of healing strains in the late 1980s. Night Queen has particular effectiveness in treating insomnia and chronic pain, but the creeping sedative effects can trigger a profound flow into the psychotropic stratosphere. The introspective, meditative astral plane next to the head, reported by Night Queen, is accompanied by a sluggish, elastic body high that is perfect for deep, cavernous breaths and sustained, supple stretches.
Night Queen’s nugs have a deep olive complexion accented with indigo and amethyst tones. Expect a grassy botanical aroma with hints of sweet peppercorns and overripe berries and a peppery exhale with a moist, floral aftertaste.
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