Yoga and CBD – A Better Way to Namaste

The basic concept of yoga is to unify the body and mind through breathing and movement with the purpose of finding balance. CBD oil happens to help in achieving that same goal of balance through the concept of homeostasis. Working together, yoga and CBD can bring a whole new level of zen to your life!

For thousands of years, hardcore yoga practitioners have been touting yoga’s mental and physical powers. Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert to reap the benefits. Some studies show that practicing yoga as little as 30 minutes a week can have noticeable benefits. Pairing that time with CBD may achieve even greater results. 

Why Yoga and CBD Were Meant for Each Other

Everyone has a natural endocannabinoid system that serves the purpose of restoring and maintaining balance (homeostasis) through all systems in the body. When this balance is skewed, the body can use a little external help to get back on track.

CBD oil interacts with cannabinoid receptors all over the body to target areas that are out of balance. Receptors are scattered strategically throughout the body, including in the brain. Yoga promotes balance through breathing and movement. When used simultaneously, yoga and CBD can have a powerful impact on the mind and body.

Stressed Out?

The endocannabinoid system is known to have an impact on stress and anxiety through interactions with stress hormones in the brain. Unlike most receptors, endocannabinoids use a two-way communication system to address potential issues that may cause anxiety. CBD is widely known for its gentle calming effects.

CBD like Receptra Naturals’, which is derived from pure organically grown hemp does not contain high levels of THC and will not get you high or stoned. Hemp-derived CBD is not to be confused with marijuana, which interacts differently within the same system.

The pharmaceutical industry that focuses on medication to treat anxiety is worth over $15 billion globally. Those who take a more holistic approach often turn to yoga to help manage stress level and to center the mind. The combination of both yoga and CBD has the potential to promote relaxation on a whole other level.

Flexibility

It would sure be nice to be able to do all of those crazy poses that your instructor makes look so easy. Part of what is holding you back may be inflammation. The build-up of inflammation in joints and muscles has the tendency to make the body feel tight and limit mobility. CBD has been patented by the U.S. government as an antioxidant. Antioxidants have the ability to nullify inflammation-inducing free radicals. Less inflammation means more flexibility. More flexibility means a more fulfilling yoga practice.

Flexibility isn’t only useful for yoga poses, but transfers to all areas of life. Walking up stairs, bending down to pick up a pencil or playing catch with a child all require flexibility. People who make a conscious effort to be more flexible are also less likely to incur movement-based injuries. CBD could mean better, deeper, and more rewarding yoga poses, which means better mobility through your day.

Greater Mindfulness

With all of the craziness in your life, it is hard to just unplug and focus on what you are doing in the moment. You may be nailing that Warrior Two pose, but if you are thinking about your project at work, are you really getting the full benefits of yoga? Sometimes we need a little help finding that quiet place without all of the static. CBD oil users commonly report a sense of calm focus after a serving of CBD.

Yoga is often used as a break from the stressors of the day, and a way to center the body and mind. Part of this centering practice is learning to be more mindful.  If it becomes easier to focus, how much greater will your yoga practice be?

Mood Boost

One of the most well-known endocannabinoids (cannabinoids that the body naturally produces) is called “anandamide” and nicknamed the “bliss molecule.” It is also naturally found in chocolate, which could partially account for why chocolate is highly sought after as a comfort food. CBD oil can help the body maintain higher levels of anandamide for a longer period of time, boosting mood and easing discomfort.

Mindfulness is a big part of yoga. One benefit that focusing on the moment has is that it tends to put your worries into perspective giving you a more pleasant outlook on life. Studies have shown that there are several specific poses that may help to boost mood. Some of these include child’s pose, camel pose and head to knee pose.

How to Combine CBD and Yoga

Everyone responds to CBD differently. Find a serving size that works best with your body. It may take a few days to figure it out. CBD is non-addictive and has no harmful side effects, even in high amounts. Taking a dose of Receptra CBD 30 to 60 minutes prior to yoga is probably the sweet spot. You can also apply Receptra Targeted Topical to your achy spots just before rolling out the mat. Try it for yourself!

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