Dee Dussault is the first yoga teacher to publicly offer cannabis-enhanced yoga, and she’s taught thousands of students in over a dozen states over the past nine years.
A seasoned practitioner of twenty-three years, Dee is also an international speaker and the author of the Harpercollins book, ‘Ganja Yoga.’ Her ground-breaking work has been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, Newsweek, and many other national publications, and has been featured in major International media from Japan to France.
In her three years in San Francisco, Dee has created a community of cannabis-wellness users, organized three sold-out retreats, and her work has inspired dozens of other teachers to launch their own form of cannabis-inspired yoga. She has given talks and led classes at Women Grow, Burning Man, Emerald Exchange, Cultivation Classic, and The Plant Spirit Medicine conference, and recently produced her first Ganja Yoga Teacher Training, which sold-out in three days and had a waiting list. She is also a contributing author to the book ‘Cannabis and Spirituality.’
Oov: What did you do prior to moving into the cannabis industry?
Dee: I was in grad school studying women’s sexuality, but I became a yoga teacher and then a cannabis-enhanced yoga teacher.
Oov: What was your motivation to get involved?
Dee: When I first started to incorporate cannabis with yoga classes, I was approaching it like an entheogen (substance that helps one see “the divine within,” like mushrooms, Ayahuasca, etc.), but pretty soon after I realized it had far more pragmatic applications, like pain and anxiety relief. These medical uses affect many more people than justs yogis wanting to enter mystical states, so I changed my direction somewhat.
Oov: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to break into the cannabis space?
Dee: It’s hard work. It’s amazing to be at the forefront of something like this, but it’s not just sitting around getting high all day.
Oov: How do you talk to your family or friends about it?
Dee: I’m very open with what I do to everyone, and completely out of the “green closet” to my in-laws. They don’t partake, but get me weed-themed socks at Christmas. I haven’t had any issue from friends or other yoga practitioners.
Oov: What are some of your concerns as legalization continues to spread?
Dee: I am concerned about unbridled capitalism harming what could be a really amazing medicine. Everyone should have access to affordable, clean, sustainable cannabis, but I think pretty soon that may be less possible, as companies like Monsasnto and Camel enter the market.
Oov: Tell us about your first experience with cannabis.
Dee: It was awful! I took far too much and in an insecure context (emotionally but also a really busy party) and I got really paranoid. It took me nearly a decade to develop my relationship to the plant, one that now I use several times a day. It’s worth the effort.
Oov: What are your favorite products/strains right now?
Dee: Flow Kana has been a long-time supporter of Ganja Yoga and their values are totally aligned with mine. My favorite edible is a paleo, delicious, low-glycemic, addictive cookie from Moonman’s Mistress. We are spoiled for choice on quality products here in California, it just takes some research to find the ones that have sustainable, health-forward practices.
To learn more about Dee and her classes, visit her website www.ganjayoga.com
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