Why Combine Cannabis & Yoga

This post was contributed by Lucy Dagnillo, founder of Greenlove Denver


Photo by Kenesha Facello, leggings designed by Kristen Williams

Photo by Kenesha Facelloleggings designed by Kristen Williams

For the last six years a decent amount of my time has been spent doing yoga and consuming cannabis.

I started consuming my last year of college and realized that it was great for stress relief. I was finally able to calm my mind and body and just relax.

A few months later I found yoga and realized it had similar benefits. For me the connection was just so natural – cannabis and the practice of yoga gave me peace, clarity, and the ability to just be, even if for a few moments. 

Last year I received my yoga teacher training in Atma Yoga by my Guru, Saul David Raye at Karma Yoga Studio. The yoga training emphasized sun and moon energy and honoring the balance between the two in our daily lives, the mind and body, and our yoga practice.

I also learned about Bhakti yoga which celebrates self devotion. It’s okay to release and be yourself – in fact it’s very invigorating!

Use a little cannabis to help loosen the mind and body and you have Bhakti Bliss!

During my yoga class I invite students to close their eyes and vibe to the beats of the music for a few minutes. It’s amazing what kind of release your body can benefit from some carefree movement.  

Photo by Kenesha Facello, leggings designed by Kristen Williams

Photo by Kenesha Facello, leggings designed by Kristen Williams

Photo by Kenesha Facello, leggings designed by Kristen Williams

Photo by Kenesha Facelloleggings designed by Kristen Williams

G R E E N L O V E    D E N V E R 

In April I decided it was time to join my passion for the plant, my devotion to yoga, and creativity to start something new. Greenlove Denver emerged as a lifestyle blog for millennials living in a cannabis state.

Greenlove is a lifestyle brand for the modern stoner encompassing the lit yogi lifestyle.

A lifestyle of higher consciousness for the environment and our own personal health, pairing cannabis and yoga to find your inner light, and expressing yourself in a unique, chic manner wherever you might be. 

Greenlove Denver Light & Lit Yoga

Today I have started Light & Lit Yoga as an outlet for people to consume cannabis in a responsible manner in order to seek their inner light through the mind, body, and spiritual practice of yoga.

The class incorporates meditation and breath work, gentle stretching, an active vinyasa flow, and restorative poses to truly dive deeper into the cannabis infused yoga class.

Educating others on the benefits of using the medicinal factor of cannabis and ways to use the plant as an aide in reaching a higher consciousness are all goals of Light & Lit.

My hopes are to do my part in de-stigmatizing cannabis users and showcase the truly educated and conscious beings who are today’s “stoners.” 

Read reviews of Kristen's Society6 Artwork here

 

Copyright © 2017 Kristen Williams, Lucy Dagnillo, Kenesha Facello, All Rights Reserved

The Crossing of Art and Functionality

Back in June, I released 5 new Hempsley designs on my Society6 shop designed to help raise conversation and awareness surrounding the government's patent on cannabis, Patent #6630507. 

Society6 is a website that allows artists to upload and sell one-offs of their work on everything from apparel to home goods.

To kick off the promotion of these items, I decided I should order some of my own designs to test out and review for all my followers. After all, how can I suggest you go purchase these items without having held them in my own hands first? 

Below, I give you honest reviews of three different products that I have personally paid for, used, and reflected on. And if you have ordered anything (thank you!!), I encourage you to leave a comment with your feedback as well! 


BEACH TOWEL

I spend my summers lounging at my family's dock at the Lake of the Ozarks, so I figured that a new towel would be a good investment. I was also worried about the quality of the illustration and accompanying text when blown up to large sizes, so I wanted to check that out before others ordered. 

I was incredibly happy with this purchase; in fact, it's my favorite item so far.

It's insanely soft, absorbent, and the graphics came out crisply. Now that summer season has died down, I currently have it slung over my couch like a throw, and frequently wrap up in it when I venture outside to smoke my evening mullein joint. 

While this design is still relatively discreet, I am able to use it backwards without any worry of drawing attention if I'm in places like the kiddy-swim area of a conservative town. Because, yes, those are still factors I have to consider while living in prohibition-Missouri. 

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Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

 

LEGGINGS

I've always waned to design my own pair of leggings, so when Society6 started offering it as an option, I vowed to one day order leggings with my own design on them. Mission accomplished!! It was really fun to see these come to life. 

Admittedly, these aren't my favorite pair of leggings. I really love the durable, sporty, spandex material (and of course the design), but the fit isn't quite what I expected. The description had said they could be worn at a high waist level which I was really excited about (all about that high waist these days), but the medium — my standard size — seems to barely be able to contain my curves, let alone be worn high on the waist. I think that I'll try a large size next time I order. 

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

 

I was over the moon when Lucy Dagnillo ordered a pair of leggings for herself. 

Lucy is a yoga teacher who founded Greenlove Denver, a company that combines the elevating properties of cannabis with yoga to achieve a deeper and more beneficial practice. One day I logged onto Instagram, and she had posted a picture of herself in the leggings. A cannabis yoga teacher was wearing my design?? It made my day — pfft, it made my whole week, if not month!! Here's what she had to say about the leggings themselves:  

"Love the modern sleek depiction of the cannabis leaf - such a unique design unlike anything else on the market! The leggings are tight and thick enough for a yoga class, but comfortable enough to wear anywhere." —Lucy Dagnillo, Greenlove Denver
Photo by Kenesha Facello
Photo by Kenesha Facello
Photo by Kenesha Facello
Photo by Kenesha Facello

If you're new to the idea of combining cannabis and yoga, read more about Lucy's vision behind Greenlove Denver and how it came to be in this beautiful post she has generously shared with us!  

 

ZIPPER POUCH

What girl doesn't need a cute zipper pouch every once in a while? This one is made of a durable but soft material so that it holds its shape but isn't damaged by its contents; perfect for getting thrown in a bag or suitcase while traveling. 

Oh, and it has a gold zipper. You guys know how much I love gold. 

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Sam Raney of What a Fun Day Blog

Photo by Kristen Williams of Hempsley

Photo by Kristen Williams of Hempsley

Photo by Kristen Williams of Hempsley

Photo by Kristen Williams of Hempsley

Photo by Kristen Williams of Hempsley

Photo by Kristen Williams of Hempsley


Copyright © 2017 Kristen Williams, All Rights Reserved