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New yoga studio positions itself for cannabis change

  • Shelburne resident Jocelyn O’Shea is the owner and instructor at the Local Yoga Joint in Turners Falls which opened on March 1. Contributed photo/Jonathan Perlstein—

  • The Local Yoga Joint, located at 42 Canal Street, offers two different yoga courses, open studio time and CBD infused yoga courses. Contributed photo/Jonathan Perlstein

  • The Local Yoga Joint in Turners Falls offers yoga classes and in the near future messages and medicine making courses by Caitlin Bernhard, Cannabis Nurse Practitioner and Holistic Wellness Coach.  Contributed photo/Jonathan Perlstein—

Staff Writer
Published: 3/21/2019 4:06:33 PM

MONTAGUE — The Local Yoga Joint is a double entendre. Not only is it a new yoga studio in Turners Falls, but it also refers to a marijuana “joint.”

The business, which opened on March 1, claims to have the first cannabidiol infused yoga studio in the state.

Owner and yoga instructor, Jocelyn O’Shea said the Local Yoga Joint offers CBD-infused yoga and breathing classes, CBD massage and other workshops.

CBD is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants. It does not produce intoxication; marijuana’s “high” is caused by the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

“It’s like a natural ibuprofen,” O’Shea said. “What we do in class is we take some salve and run it on places where we normally have aches or pains, and we try tinctures.”

In the former home of the Housing Authority at 42 Canal Road, the studio has a tea bar, a medicinal herb garden inside the yoga room and views of the Connecticut River.

The Local Yoga Joint was conceived and developed by O’Shea, who has been a full-time yoga instructor since 2009. The Shelburne resident moved to western Massachusetts from Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2015, with the intention of opening her own studio and cafe.

“I was looking for a space in Amherst or Northampton, and I decided I wanted to be along the river,” O’Shea said. “The Montague Book Mill was some inspiration, I loved the view.”

She hopes the studio will serve as a place to hang out after classes, drink tea and build community.

“As cannabis laws began to unfold in the state it seemed only natural to pair this natural medicine with the other healing modalities offered at the Local Yoga Joint,” O’Shea said. “CBD-infused yoga classes are peppered throughout the weekly schedule among more traditional Vinyasa and Hatha classes. These CBD classes begin with a sampling of CBD chocolates, tinctures and salves for self-massage.”

All products are grown and produced locally, O’Shea carries several lines of CBD salves and tinctures grown and produced by women-owned businesses in New England.

The Local Yoga Joint offers classes on “learning to grow your six plants,” medicine-making classes and private consultations with local nurse practitioner and cannabis specialist Caitlin Bernhard.

The studio also offers non-CBD-infused classes, open studio time and in the next month – massages.

For hour-long yoga classes – a single class is $18, a five-class card is $85, a 10-class card is $160. There is also a new member special of buy-one, get-one-free class, redeemable at any time.

For CBD-infused yoga, which is 90 minutes long, a single drop-in class is $25.

There is also a monthly unlimited membership, which is $108 per month and includes access to all yoga and CBD-infused yoga classes.

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