PHOENIX – In yoga, it is said that breath is the link between mind and body.
Instructors Sarina and Erica will tell you it’s the key to life.
“The yoga: inhale and exhale, sit with your breath and feel your breath, and know it’s going to be okay as long as you breathe.”
The women, both accomplished yogis, strive to each that lesson to others — out of necessity and out of life experience.
“Personally, myself, I’m an insomniac. I deal with a lot of things where I was turning to pharmaceuticals and not liking the way that it felt within my body. The next day, during the day, causing more problems than really alleviating problems.”
For Erica, the yoga, meditation, essential oils, diet and medical marijuana replaced the pills.
And just a few months ago, the Medicated Mavens teamed up with The Giving Tree, a medical cannabis dispensary, holding classes three days a week.
“I think most dispensaries, they come in and it’s — they pick up their medicine and they leave. What we are trying to create here with Medicated Mavens is an environment in healing, of health. And so, it’s not just about the medicine. It’s about an entire gamut of holistic healing.”
Use of cannabis is not allowed in the dispensary or in the class. The yoga is taught as an alternative way to heal both the mind and the body.
“When I found other avenues — essential oils and my diet and just sitting with my breath naturally — I found a lot more release, and I just want to provide that for other people…I love the space. It’s healthy. It’s happy.”
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