Marijuasana founder Stacey Mulvey loves teaching movement, viewing it as a spectrum of energy--from yin to yang and everything in between. Growing up in SLC Utah, she left the Mormon church at 21 in protest over its discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ community, women, and minorities. Overweight and unhappy, Stacey began practicing and teaching mindful movement in Callanetics after having an epiphany about mortality and taking control of her own quality of life. Eventually, she discovered that cannabis helps her concentrate and enhances her motivation.
Upon moving to Colorado, she began teaching pole dancing at Boulder Spirals while training directly under second-generation Pilates instructors and founders of the internationally renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, the world's foremost teacher training school for classical Pilates instructors. Stacey continued her studies at Naropa University in yoga, painting, and psychology.
After completing her coursework honing her skills in mindful and meditative practices, Stacey launched Marijuasana where she now travels the U.S. and internationally teaching all-inclusive classes fusing the wonders of cannabis with yoga, flow, and mindfulness meditation.
At MAGNETIC we love yoga and we love cannabis. So, when we heard about Stacey’s Marijuasana events combining yoga with sweet mary jane, we had to learn more about the program and the woman behind it. After one of our writers attended a Marijuasana class in Boston and fell in love with the experience, we asked the yogi to enlighten us with her five favorite tunes to accompany your next sesh. Namaste!
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“Wolf and I” by Oh Land
I have a fantasy that plays in my head when I hear this song. I put it on when I want to escape. In my dreams, I do an interpretive dance as it plays. The dream consists of me being an expert aerial dancer, like Cirque Du Soleil. I soar above the audience making beautiful shapes with my body. I’m wearing a costume lined with LED panels sewn in that light up in sync with the percussion. Near the end of the piece, a partner dressed as a wolf comes and dances a sensuous duet with me. Maybe some day...
“Last Cup of Sorrow” by Faith No More
Mike Patton is the most talented male vocalist ever and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him with Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. He even signed my Mr. Bungle California CD after Mr. Bungle performed at DV8 in Salt Lake City. Besides being an amazing song, I love it because the video is a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
“Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent
Apparently, this song has been in a few movies, but that’s not how it came to my awareness. Very high on cannabis while Spotify bingeing (to have some background music to distract my brain), I heard this song during the unappetizing and heart-breaking task of packing my stuff post-breakup. The lyrics reached into my subconscious and shook me awake. I burst into tears, as I was touched so deeply with how I was feeling in that moment. I’ve never heard words that express how it feels to have trusted in the process of love; and to feel utterly averse and disappointed until hearing this song: “Some say love is a burning thing / That it makes a fiery ring / Oh but I know love as a fading thing / Just as fickle as a feather in a stream / See, honey, I saw love, You see it came to me / It puts its face up to my face so I could see / Yeah then I saw love disfigure me / Into something I am not recognizing.”
“Little Pleasures (ft. Gavin Turek)” by Tokimonsta
I love the message of this song: “I can see the sun come through the rain / Little pleasures / Little pleasures / Walking though reminded of the pain / Little pleasures.” I hear this as an invitation to shift, or at least allow for the possibility of shifting, stay alert to the small things in life, and find gratitude. Besides that, it’s just a trippy, trancey song that makes me fall in love with it a little more each time I hear it.
“Angel Band” by The Stanley Brothers
Within my family it has evolved to be a tradition that my sisters and I perform “Angel Band” at funerals. So when Ralph Stanley played at Boulder Theater in 2011, and he said they would take requests at the end of the show, I yelled for this one to be played. It was a highlight of my life when they did. Ralph passed away at the age of 89 last year (2016), and I am so impressed that he kept touring for so long. I want to be like him when I grow up.