cannabis and pilates

Should you have a J just before doing pilates?

You do this sort of thing with pilates. Photo: Mateus Lunardi Dutra

You do this sort of thing with pilates. Photo:
Mateus Lunardi Dutra

Pilates is a method of exercise adapted from yoga by Joseph Pilates after the First World War for use by injured veterans. He preferred to call it “contrology.” Athletes and sportspeople flocked to his studio at 939 8th Avenue in Noo Yawk in the 1950s and 1960s.

There were 11 million practitioners worldwide in 2005. Pilates is very popular in western nations, including the United Kingdom. It improves flexibility, strength and range of motion and counteracts lower back pain, but isn’t much good when it comes to weight loss. As with absolutely everything else in the universe, the question is: can it be combined with toking?


Liz McDonald, proprietor of Brazilian Yoga and Pilates in Atwater, Los Angeles, believes that it’s best to have a J before doing pilates. The idea manifested itself when she noticed that some clients would enjoy a spliff before sessions. So she developed the class, 420 Yoga, “a mixed-level, deeply stretchy, slow flow yoga class ” set to a dope playlist.

420 refers to cannabis, originating from a group of pupils of the San Rafael high school in northern California in 1971 who would meet at 4:20pm. Before they knew it, the term was being used by the rock band, the Grateful Dead. Clocks in Pulp Fiction are set to that time. The 420-mile marker on Colorado’s Interstate-70 highway was stolen so often it was replaced with a 419.99-mile sign.

McDonald would prefer not to see “uptight conservatives” in her classes, although “those tight asses … may need it most.” The smoking has to be done outdoors in the parking lot with dope of your own.


McDonald’s ploy earned her attention from the Los Angeles Times, the Gray Lady and the Yoga Journal. There are now cannabis-enhanced pilates classes in a number of locations in the United States and Canada. According to the Yoga Journal, “the yoga and pilates studio industry is one of the 10 fastest-growing industries in the US.” As LA Weekly enthused, cannabis and pilates is the combination of “two of hippy-dippy California’s favourite feel-good, vaguely medicinal pastimes.?


Cannabis and pilates go well together, both having a calming effect. Don’t tacticle sensations feel better when you’re stoned? People speak of how pilates under the influence of cannabis brings the mind and body closer together, but you shouldn’t overdo it. Balacing poses, however, are to be avoided if marijuana throws your balance off. Meditative poses, on the other hand, will be just great.

Another benefit of cannabis and pilates is that the former makes you super interested in things for a little while, so the exercise will be less arduous. And one pilates instructor declared that you can focus better on your breathing while stoned. An attendee of one ganja yoga class remarked that “it’s like putting salt on your food.” It should be borne in mind that smoking cannabis increases the heart rate by anything from 20 to 100 percent for as much as three hours.

Anyone who fails to accept the union of cannabis and pilates should remember that the Hindu god, Shiva, practiced yoga and cannabis usage.

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