In the dark upstairs of an art gallery and marijuana dispensary called Merchants of Reality in San Francisco’s Soma district you can take a special yoga class known as Ganja Warrior Yoga. The class combines the stretching of yoga with the consciousness of cannabis for a meditation unlike any yoga or smoking you have ever taken part in. This is all legal with a medical marijuana card.
The class begins with medication, where participants are welcome to ingest cannabis (or not) by their preferred method. We then circle up and introduce ourselves in a very warm manner. The class is a mix of curious newcomers and eager returners who insist this is “the best part of their week”. The yoga begins with frequent breaks for medication and meditation.
The ambiance screams ‘only in San Francisco’. Original artwork make a patchwork quilt on the walls, yoga mats layer the wooden floors and the windows overlook 9th street in Soma allowing the pastels of the setting sun and the random screams from Soma to filter into the yoga area throughout the class. I love bringing people here for the first time as they usually don’t believe it exists. Newcomers’ disbelief melts into friendliness as the marijuana haze draws everyone together into a spiritual experience. Friends are made and consciousness is cleansed. Ganja Warrior Yoga gives new meaning to the yoga instruction “find your breath”.