LA was a vibe!
Thank you so much to Goddesses Sila and Ash for making it a true Rose Garden production.
Thanks to the incredible Belle, who could not have been more welcoming in her beautiful space on Hollywood Boulevard.
Thank you to every single person who came, and to Matt, who surely forced 75% of you to be there (but we had fun, though!).
And big love to Sam for capturing the magic. You took some dope photos.
Gratitude and love, LA! Until next time <3
We all know what stiffness in the body feels like, especially those spots that never seem to loosen up! While we often assume this to be muscle tension, long lasting stiffness has come to be a better indicator of fascia build up. Your fascia is a connective tissue that runs throughout your entire body, connecting your muscles and other organs. Ideally, it should have a thin, rubbery texture, but - because every single trauma (emotional and physical) is stored in the fascia, it can build up over time in areas of the body where it isn't released.
Cue the latest I & I offering!
Smoke & Stretch is a 45 minute stretch and meditation that aims to offer complete fascia healing. In addition to self and assisted stretching, students will learn how to address pain issues along the sixteen main meridians, by isolating specific areas of the body and using stretches that address the entire organ, and not just one area of pain. We will end the class with a short guided meditation to enhance the emotional aspect of the fascia release, while the stretching will address the physical release. Indica strains will be offered throughout to enhance the practice. Students will receive a juiced shot at the end of class to complete the detoxification of the class.
Check the schedule tab for specific class dates, and be sure to note which muscle groups we are working on for a class you are interested in attending!
We’re taking our first road trip... Los Angeles, come catch this vibe!
There will be three exclusive chances to experience I & I’s Beginners Ganja Flow on Friday, September 28th.
Guests will sample two homegrown cannabis strains, paired with a dynamic yoga flow, for a unique and restorative experience.
Upon arrival, we offer a sativa strain to help prepare for the energetic Sun A and B flows, squats, and core series’. Afterwards, we’ll switch to a relaxing indica to compliment our floor stretch and extended savasana.
After class, guests will receive a fresh-juiced detox shot and a custom high tea to take with them. Homemade vegan edibles will also be available for guests to sample.
If you’re new to yoga, don’t worry- instructors will offer hands on assists, adjusts, and gentle massage throughout class. New to cannabis? That’s cool, too- we’ll be educating you on strains, properties, and effects every step of the way!
We cannot wait to meet you and share this experience! Space is extremely limited, so grab your ticket today!
Keep scrolling for the class menu!
super blue dream / sativa / happy / energetic / citrus
girl scout cookies / indica / relaxed / euphoric / sweet
detox shot / lemon / ginger / maple syrup / cayenne
high chai latte / cbd / rose / cardamom / cinnamon
sophisticated muddy buddies
nana's peanut butter balls+
* The exact address will be emailed to participants 24 hours before class. This is a 21+ event! IDs will be checked and refunds will not be offered.
Introducing the newest offering of I & I : Higher Beauty Bar
Sila and I are so excited to bring this new event to our garden. Come be blessed by the Goddesses for a day of beauty and relaxation!
Each guest will come and enjoy three beauty services: a natural hair mask, a Goddess facial (Gods are welcome!!), and a body scrub (your choice of arms/hands or legs/feet). Each service will feature our lines of homemade, natural products.
We'll also be featuring a weed bar of our favorite homegrown strains, focusing on CBD's and THC/CBD hybrids, as well as an Ital Juice Bar with all our favorite summer juice blends.
Be sure to confirm your space today! Space is extremely limited to ensure an entirely supported experience for each guest.
Your ticket includes: three beauty services, a lavedar infused CBD preroll, and a $5 voucher towards any of our products.
Service add-ons will include yoni steams, beard scrubs, hair braiding, and more!
As of May 1st, our standard class price is $35. This includes any cannabis or herbal enhancements, a detox shot, an ital snack or high tea, and an edible or mini oil to go.
Please keep reading for our new class packs! All class packs can be purchased through Venmo (@therosegarden) or Apple Pay.
Single Class Experience $35
Weekly Unlimited (up to 5 classes!) $60
Monthly Unlimited (20 or more classes!) $225
3 class pack $100 (save $5)
5 Class pack $160 (save $15)
10 Class pack $300 (save $50!)
I’ve missed updating all my flowers! But a girl has been WORKING!
I’m not going to front, the licensing application has had me a little backed up. It’s not terrible, it’s not impossible, but it does feel unnecessarily complicated at times.
So far, I’ve completed one of four packages - a background check. Pretty standard stuff. Still outstanding is a lengthy package involving community/host agreements, and a shorter package where I’ll outline my business plan. (Last package is a payment.) Some of the questions seem basic enough (i.e. “present your proposed timeline for opening”), whereas others have me going “WTF?!” (i.e. Documentation of a bond or other resources held in an escrow account in an amount sufficient to adequately support the dismantling and winding down of the Marijuana Establishment). That feels like a really complicated question about… nothing.
One time I called the Cannabis Control Commission to ask for clarification on a question and the representative’s response was, “You should call a lawyer.”
Oh. I should call a lawyer? Well, excuse me, girly. Pretty sure I teach yoga in my backyard babygirl, can you swing me a hint on which lawyer I should call? Because last time I checked, this industry was entirely emerging and ya’ll at the Commission are making this up as you go along. So, there are lawyers that have just been waiting on the sidelines, for Cannabis law to be enacted?
Turns out, there are! And guess how much those scarce individuals would like to be compensated? $500 per hour (insert crying laughing emoji here … times one million).
Well, ain’t that a bitch! The Commission is telling people to call lawyers, who are expecting $500 an hour. And isn’t it hilarious that said ”lawyers” are, like, former city councilors and shit? Wow, I love a good set up.
But this is no surprise to me. A few weeks ago, the CCC was patting themselves on their backs when describing the “social equity” program that they created to assist Economic Empowerment Applicants. But as an Economic Empowerment Applicant who should’ve qualified for the social equity program, I’ve not received one call or link to one single resource. (But, if you need ideas, let’s start with the lawyer situation….) And the most frustrating part of all of this is, if I can’t feel confident in this process, I know my colleagues who are trying to make waves in this industry are struggling just as much (if not more) than I am. That’s not equity.
It bothers me that the CCC was aware enough to acknowledge that a social program was important, but they’ve yet to follow through with actually providing something. And don’t get me wrong, they’re swamped over there - no doubt. But at the same time, if you guys have been so concerned about “getting this right” (swear to the Goddesses, if one more Commissioner is quoted using that excuse for something….) - then why wouldn’t you make sure the people who have the least amount of resources are set up first? <— THAT’S EQUITY.
No - instead they gave us access to the application two weeks in advance of the general public. Well, not access - everyone had that - we could’ve submitted it within a two week window prior to the general public. But that’s definitely not an advantage, especially if your first step was to call the Commission for help, and then you spent the whole two weeks trying to put together $500 to speak to a lawyer for an hour.
Obviously, I didn’t do that. No, I’ve been WORKING. This application will get submitted, red tape and all, and my self-imposed deadline is May 31st. Until then, I need you!
If you’ve been to my Garden, then you know how dedicated I am to providing incredible enhanced experiences that are rooted in wellness, positive intentions, and genuine love. Over the course of the next two weeks, I’ll be hosting community meetings and going on a signature campaign to garner community support for my business. I hate to give victims of stigma too much energy, but now is the time for us to show how proud we are of the love and community we’ve built around this plant and the studio.
This license is not just going to be a great steppingstone for my business, but it will give you, my guests and students, the chance to build the cannabis industry you want. I am 100% dedicated to creating an environment where you feel safe, empowered, and inspired, and I look forward for the continued chance to serve you at the highest level!
Community Meetings @ the Garden
May 15th - 7-8 PM
May 18th - 7-8 PM
I’ve been slacking on the playlist posts! But even more important, I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Goddess Ash has been killing these playlists! Normally we collaborate, but this week was all her. After two hectic classes on Newbury and with less than an hour before our Sunday power flow, she pulled together this dope arrangement.. Thanks, queen!
Afternoon - Youth Lagoon
VRY BLK - Jamila Woods, Noname
Warrior - Chloe x Halle
Sticky - Ravyn Lenae
Phone Down - Erikah Badu
Han Jan - Peggy Gou
Girl - The Internet, KAYTRANDA
Unlock it (feat. Kim Petras and Jay Park) - Charli XCX
Hurtin Me - Stefflon Don, French Montana
Ride - Ciara, Ludacris
Scales - Solange
Insecure - Jazmine Sullivan, Bryson Tiller
Spice - Ravyn Lenae
Hello - Erykah Badu
Never be the Same - Camila Cabello
Girlfriend - NAO
Alive - Sia
Juke Jam (feat. Justin Bieber and Towkio) - Chance
You’re the Best - Wet
The Kids are Alright - Chloe x Halle
Posters - Youth Lagoon
The Thing about Love - Alicia Keys
Our Goddess flows throughout March were a powerful reconnection to the divine feminine energy that ignites our Universe. Keep reading for a recap of their stories, and a peak into some of the important learnings that were offered through their stories.
We started March with Mother Goddess Nammu, the original creator. From the cosmos, Nammu cultivated her energy to create An, the Sky God. Later, she created Ki, the Earth Goddess. Her wish was that her godly children would be an even greater version of herself, and she empowered them to cultivate their own power to expand the potential of the Heavens and Earth.
Mother Nammu empowered her family to create humankind, which she saw as their link to immortality. She told her children "look at yourself, and create." From that moment, we were destined as humankind to embody the energy of the gods and goddesses, including the good and the bad.
Next we learned about Ningal, great Goddess of Fertility and powerful teacher of feminine assertiveness. When she was created, Ningal was destined to bring new insights into the Universe, specifically in educating humankind of the interworkings of shared energy. But when she met her future husband Nanna, she was overcome with love in a way that she herself couldn't understand. Given her destiny, she accepted her love for Nanna as an important lesson to be learned, and when he asked her for partnership, she initially refused. She swore to Nanna that she would be his ONLY if he completed a set of requirements that she offered. And when he did, she was his. Her story is the original tale of a commitment to self love, awareness, and acknowledgement. It wasn't until Ningal was certain in her own self that she accepted the love another - a reminder that you cannot give away parts of you until you, yourself are whole.
We also learned about Ninlil that week, who became the Goddess of Air only in her history. Ninlil's story is one of deception and pain, but she reminds us that when life hands you lemons, you can make lemonade. After giving birth to Nanna (the Moon God), she followed Enlil to the Underworld, and bore three more sons to him. Even though she felt betrayed by him over and over again, Ninlil stayed loyal to her husband and spoke highly of him always. Ninlil did not seek perfection. Instead, she found her happiness and identity in creating her powerful family, and remaining loyal to their greater purpose.
Week three brought us to the journey of the Earth Goddess. When Ki found her husband, his chronic illness presented itself as a barrier for her to achieve her destiny to be a Supreme Creatress, as her Mother Nammu intended. In her time of hopelessness, she turned to healing, focusing her energy on bettering her husbands ailments. After she nursed her husband, she would surrender to the Earth and create a powerful transfer of energy. And each time, a new beautiful Earth wonder grew where she surrendered. Forests, meadows, mountains, flowers - each one created from a terrible pain, each one more beautiful than the last. Ki's story reminds us that pain can be transformed to beauty when we acknowledge our struggle and surrender to the Universe.
Lastly, we learned about Inanna, the powerful Mother Goddess of Love and War. It is said that Inanna's energy was composed of many goddesses who came before her, as she was destined to be the ultimate purveyor of the divine feminine. Her power was all reaching, but in order to truly serve others and progress the human race towards positive growth, Inanna faced the journey of traveling across the Universe. Her goal was to know every shadow, every depth, even the most undesirable of places. This would mean that Inanna would have to visit the Underworld, and she did so willingly. As she traveled through the seven gates of sin, she was required to remove a layer of her clothes to pass through each gate. By the time she arrived to Hell, Inanna was completely naked - her true self wholly exposed. In this vein, she passed through to the Underworld and was killed by her sister, Queen of the Underworld. While she was eventually reborn, Inanna's descent teaches us so much about feminine energy - she travels to the darkest place in order to acknowledge and accept the heaviest of pains. By doing this, Inanna holds the space for humankind to release these pains through self love and self evolution, ultimately moving towards happiness and wholeness. That is Inanna's dream - a human race of whole people.
Thank you so much to those who participated in March of the Goddesses.
I'm late, but it's here! Our Sunday + Monday power flow playlist for our third week of goddess-enhanced flows!
Sensual Illusion (Balaeric Mix) - Souls in Motion
Remind Me to Forget - Kygo, Miguel
Go Outside - Cults
Shark in The Water - V V Brown
Moth to the Flame - Chairlift
2 Da Moon - Towkio, Teddy Jackson, Grace Weber
Ghetto Superstar (That is What You Are) - Pras Michel, Ol' DB, Mya
Nah Ready Nah Ready - Calvin Harris, PARTYNEXTDOOR
Obsessing - Kilo Kish
Electric Love - B0RNS
Bridges - Broods
Up, up & Away (feat. Lion Babe) - Bishop Nehru
Dig Deep - Lxandra
Kim K - K. Michelle
Rather Die Young - Beyonce
West Coast - Lana Del Ray
Mine - Bazzi
Jennifer - Trinidad Cardona
I Get Lonely - Janet Jackson
Lullabies - Yuna
The Heart of the Matter - India.Arie
Bet Ain't Worth the Hand - Leon Bridges
One and Only - Adele
Let's celebrate Spring with a weekend of cannabis-enhanced self-love!
For three days, we'll be hosting workshops, teaching you different ways to bring cannabis into your daily self care rituals, and showering you with all of our best I & I products, practices, and homegrown strains.
Get your tickets today, as space is limited to only 15 guests per day to ensure a fully supported experience!
Friday: Pot & Pot Your Own Plant
Beginning on Friday evening, we'll welcome you in with a weed bar to sample a showcase of I & I favorites and new homegrown strains! Guests have the option of rolling their own, or participating in a short joint/blunt rolling class.
Later, we'll get our hands dirty with some Super Blue Dream seeds. Each guest will pot their own seed while we workshop what it takes to grow at home, and learn about the cannabinoid and terpene profile of Super Blue Dream.
For snacks, we'll be featuring our best ital junkfood, including:
sweet potato nachos
curried french fries
sweet & sour 'meatballs'
Saturday: Core & Restore
Join us on Saturday for a Sativa turn up, alongside a 30-minute cardio infused yoga flow. Afterwards, we'll switch it up with an essential oil workshop, where guests will learn about the properties of different oils, how we can use them in our daily healing practice, and how to pair essential oils with cannabis strains for maximized benefits. Each participant will be able to customize their own healing blend, and Sila will offer 15-minute Reiki sessions for each guest throughout.
For snacks, we'll be featuring our best ital dips, chips, and breads, including:
spinach artichoke dip
avocado mango salsa
baked veggie chips
mini focaccia buns
Sunday: Ital Power
We'll finish our weekend with a cannabis cooking class, where guests will learn how to infuse their own coconut oil and dose homemade edibles. At 4, we'll head downstairs for our Sunday Power Ganja flow, sampling three homegrown strains.
After class, we'll cool down with an ital buffet, including:
ital curry soup
ma's tabouleh salad with homemade pita
baked fries with beet ketchup
beet burger bar
spring harvest bread pudding
**This event is for individuals 21 years and older, and will run in compliance with recreational cannabis laws in Massachusetts. Please be advised that ID's will be checked upon arrival.
I never thought that I would enjoy cooking as much as I do. I remember one evening when I was in high school, I walked into the kitchen while my mom was cooking dinner and said, "Ma, you need to teach me how to cook so that I can make a man happy someday."
She turned around and said, in the calmest voice, "Kijana, you are no longer welcome in my kitchen." I'm pretty sure I laughed for days, and didn't turn on a stove on for about ten years after that.
But I love cooking for my yogis! If you've been to class then you should know by now that in the past nine months, I've only repeated one recipe. The beet soup. Ya'll love the beet soup! But that's not the recipe I'm posting today.
Regular's also know that I do still rely on my mom for recipes. Every week she sends me a bunch of recipes, usually from Pinterest, and they all look insane. I generally think there's no way I can pull them off, but then I look at about thirty more of the same recipe (and sometimes I have to phone a friend, or two), and in the end it always works out for the best. I mean, that's what they keep telling me!
Last week she sent me a recipe for potstickers, and I assumed it would be impossible. But I have to say - they were pretty simple! And the ital goddesses would have been so proud - I didn't use one lick of salt for the recipe! (I don't know if they know about soy sauce, though...). Either way - this meal was super vegan and super tasty. I'm excited to share it here with you!
Just to let you know before you attempt this, you need a rolling pin and a cookie cutter. Must haves.
The ingredients are:
1 and a quarter cup of all purpose flour
5 oz. of boiling water
1 cup of shredded cabbage
1 cup of shredded carrots
1 cup of shredded broccoli
^You can use any veggie combination for this. Use whatever you have lying around in your fridge!
Half cup of chopped scallions
Quarter cup of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 inches of grated ginger
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Pepper, to taste
First boil the water and put the flour in a big mixing bowl. Make a little hole in the center of the flour, and pour the boiling water in it. Fold the flour into the water until clumps start to form. Once the water is fully mixed in, start kneading the dough with your hands. Knead for about 5 minutes, until it's no longer sticky, then form it into a ball with your hands, and wrap it tightly in plastic for about 30 minutes or so.
While you wait, mix the chopped veggies with the scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Let the mixture sit together while you roll out the dough. Roll it out until it's very, very thin - as thin as possible without breaking! - and then use a 4-inch round cutter to mold your wraps. If you stack the wraps, make sure you put PLENTY of flour in between each one so that they don't stick together.
When your wraps are ready, drop about a tablespoon of the veggie mixture on the half of each wrap - it's easier if you drop it on the half further away from you. Use a little bit of warm water to trace the edge of the half of the wrap further away from you, and fold the other half over the veggies. Press the edges into one another to seal them together.
If your dough is starting to come apart, you can stick the potstickers in the fridge and let the dough firm up for a bit. You can also freeze them at this point and save them for later!
When you're ready to cook them, warm some olive oil in a pan. Let them cook for about 5 minutes on one side, and 3 minutes on the second side. After the 3 minutes on the second side, pour enough water in the pan to just cover the edges of your potstickers. Cover the pan and steam the potstickers for about 10 minutes. Drain any remaining water and serve!
I served these with a peanut-ginger-lime sauce and a sesame-soy-garlic sauce. Both were delicious, and complimented the potstickers really well!
I hope you guys try this because it was SO MUCH easier than I thought it would be. Let me know if you do! Next time I try this recipe I want to switch up the veggies and spices. Which combinations would you want to try?
Also, Noah and Carl, if either of you ever read this, just know that I am one step closer to my Asian-Soul Food Fusion cooking empire, Pho Real Pho Life. Ya'll sleepin'.
Our first Goddess Flow playlist was TOO fun. What could be better motivation for a double squat set followed by forearm leg lift pulses than Bey's verse in Top Off? Thanks, Queen.
Girl - The Internet, KAYTRANADA
The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix) - SZA, Calvin Harris
Boys - Charli XCX
Perf - Baby Ariel
Back to Me - Marian Hill, Lauren Jauregui
Me & U - Cassie
Breath - Jax Jones, Ina Wroldsen
No Excuses - Meghan Trainor
Werkin' Girls - Angel Haze
Top Off - DJ Khaled, JAY-Z, Future, B
New York - Angel Haze
Kitana - Princess Nokia
After the Storm - Kali Uchis, Tyler, The Creator, Bootsy Collins
One More - Elephant, M0
Personal - Kehlani
HOLD UP - Beyonce
Big Belly - Konshens, Rick Ross, Rvssian
Ready or Not - Fugees
Backseat - Little Simz
Fuck Your Money - ELOHIM
All My Friends - Snakehips, Tinashe, Chance the Rapper
Homebody - Nai Palm
Alive (feat. Coucheron) - Kehlani
Doo Wop (That Thing) - Ms. Lauryn Hill
F.U.B.U. - Solange, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? - Amy Winehouse
So many ask what the difference between drying and curing is, and it took me awhile to understand the important difference between the two!
Drying happens after you cut the plant. The goal during this 6-10 day period is to remove as much moisture as possible, making it smokeable. (Sidebar: you can wet trim the plant as soon as you cut it, or dry trim it, as I do, after it has hung for the dry period.)
(Double sidebar: you can over-dry the plant by removing all moisture, so it's important to check on your drying plants frequently to make sure they haven't lost too much moisture. If they do lose too much, you can bring some back in the curing phase.)
Curing is the next phase of life for the bud. Although it is not totally required before smoking, it will strengthen the flavor profile and can even increase the THC content of the bud. Big growers use vacuum sealed bags to cure bud, but I'm small time, so I use mason jars. I prefer glass to plastic for a lot of reasons, but mostly because I can control better for things like mold or over-drying.
As consumers, you should always look out for mold in your bud! In fact, I recently read that there was an issue in Massachusetts with some dispensaries selling moldy bud. If the growers aren't curing the weed in the appropriate temperature range (and sometimes if its packed too close together), mold can start to form. Smoking mold is less than ideal, and I would imagine it's a bigger issue in the summer months - but with New England humidity ranges, it's better to always check and be safe!
When Patanjali wrote the yoga sutras, he spoke about using herbs to enhance the practice, in order to find deeper connection of mind, body, and soul.
While cannabis is an incredible herb, there are countless others that offer great medicinal effects, and can be utilized intentionally in so many healthful ways.
Our new class offering embodies all aspects of healing by introducing customized herbal blends through inhalation and aromatherapy, as we flow through a restorative yin-style yoga practice. Yin yoga is considered to be "the other half" of the yoga practice, as it offers deeper tissue stretching through longer holds in restorative postures.
For this flow, students will be asked their individual intention upon arriving to class. An Intention can derive from any part of your life, and can be anything from "I want to relax" to "I need anxiety relief" to "I need to check in with myself." It can simply be a word ("happiness"), or a mantra ("I am enough"). Students will receive a customized herbal blend, based on their intention.
Class begins in savasana with a body-scan meditation, and instructors provide gentle massage as students flow through 6-8 yin postures. Herbal enhancements are offered through vaping and aroma therapy. We end with extended surrender stretching and a guided meditation.
Props such as eye pillows, blocks, and blankets are also used during class to offer students a fully supported self-care experience.Vaping is always optional.
After class offerings will include a detox shot, herbal tea, and a mini oil blend to go!
This ganja-free flow will take place every Thursday from 7-8:30 PM. Check out the schedule to sign up for a class!
To close out Black History Month, we powered through an intense flow to make it to our peak transition - crow pose to tripod headstand. Here's the playlist that got us through!
Morning View - Towkio, SZA
Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon) - SBTRKT
Lady Luck - Jamie Woon
Make Me Feel - Janelle Monae
What a Bam Bam - Amara La Negra
Anti Social - SOB X RBE
Lgbt - cupcakKe
Go Off - M.I.A.
Why You Always Hatin? - YG, Drake, Kamaiyah
Tomboy - Princess Nokia
Magenta Riddim - DJ Snake
What You Think - Zaytoven, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, OJ Da Juiceman
All the Stars - Kendrick Lamar, SZA
Django Jane - Janelle Monae
Heavy Camp - Black Youngsta, Travis Scott
Brenda's Got a Baby - 2Pac
Psycho - Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign
Nuh Time / Tek Time - dvsn
Dreams - Wet
Weathered - Jack Garratt
Homebody - Nai Palm
First Love - Adele
BDKMV (B*tch Don't Kill My Vibe) - Sly5thAve
A Latin phrase that means "under the rose," sub rosa was used in ancient times to signal confidentiality in a secret society. Although our space is not a secret, I & I is definitely the plug for all your rose essentials!
The goal is to recreate the same blends my family has used for years in order to create a culture of natural wellness at a place that is accessible and a price that is affordable.
Check out our current product & price list below, and check back here for updates! Products are always available in studio and can be shipped upon request.
Smudge sticks $7 each or 2/$10
Mini toner and oil set $10
Rose hydrating toner (full) $25
Rose candles $10
Rose Quartz $10
Goddess Sila's Rose Elixir $15
Sunday’s power flow was nothing short of hard. Our playlist was full of rhythm to get us through, and we continued to honor the power of Black History Month with beats from the motherland.
Murakami - MADE IN HEIGHTS
For Whom the Bell Tolls - J. Cole
Paramedic! - SOB X RBE
Shining - DJ Khalid, Beyoncé, JAY-Z
Seduce Me - Alikiba
Gaddemit - Ckay, Dremo
Particula - Major Lazer, DJ Maphorisa, Nasty C, Ice Prince, Jidenna, Patoranking
Good as Hell - Lizzo
Money - Leikeli47
Come Closer - Wizkid, Drake
Big Shot - Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott
Bloody Waters - Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak, James Blake
Cutting Ties - 6lack
Otis - JAY-Z, Kanye West, Otis Redding
Know Myself - Justine Skye, Vory
The Ways - Khalid, Swae Lee
Moon River - Frank Ocean
Adore - Prince
Die for You - The Weeknd
Love is a Losing Game - Amy Winehouse
Disappear - Beyonce
Get you (feat. Kali Uchis) - Daniel Caesar
Angel - The Weeknd
My obsession with skincare has been a long and windy road. Growing up as a girl with Rasta parents, what you think you need to be pretty and cool is almost certainly not what you’re going to get. I’m pretty sure the first time I mentioned make up to my mom, she laughed in my face.
Now, my mom is Sicilian and grew up in the projects of east Boston, then moved to the mountains of Jamaica and turned Rasta. So she has this way of throwing that Italian mother shade/shame, but incorporating the cockiness of a Rasta to really make you feel dumb. It’s an incredible talent.
To add insult to injury, I have all brothers. Like, eight of them. (Possibly more, it’s unclear...) So there was no back door, secret make up trail for me. I figured that if I kept my skin looking right by keeping it clean and my skin tone even, I could still shine. And, to be quite frank, that’s worked really well for me. But, it’s been a journey that has cost me thousands of dollars to figure out.
I’m talking Sephora VIB Rouge status for multiple years. Until a girl lost her job and had to figure something out. Because when you don’t have a comfortable, steady check coming in, it’s really hard to justify paying $44 for a bottle of face toner. And $58 for a face oil. And $62 for a vitamin c serum. That ten step routine gets real stressful, real quick.
But skincare is life. I’m not making that up. The way you treat your skin now is going to show for the rest of your life. Your skin is the largest organ on your body, so it’s important to have a routine for constant cleansing and replenishment to keep unhealthy bacteria’s out and your skin hydrated and clean. And, let’s be real - if your skin looks good, you’re going to feel that much better and be more confident in everything that you do. It’s a beautiful or vicious cycle, depending on how you look at things.
I’ve already told you about the amazing healing properties of roses, and since I’ve taken full control of my skin care routine, they’ve been a daily key in my practice. The first product that I made myself was a hydrating rose face toner. If you don’t know, toning your face is the most important thing you can do after cleansing. By applying toner, you immediately replenish the hydration that was eliminated through cleansing, and you basically lay an even blanket down for your face, so that any additional products used are better applied and received by your skin. Toner is what makes your fancy products actually work for you, including make up. It’s a must-have, first layer of protection for your face.
My hydrating rose face toner is comprised of only seven ingredients, with no preservatives or alcohol. My goal was to create a natural product that hydrates and tones, and that’s exactly what this concoction does. It’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin, for daily use, or multiple-times-daily, if you’re like me. I keep a mini in my pocket and spray it on my face constantly - it’s been a life saver through this winter!
Full sized bottles will be available in the studio for $25 starting this weekend! The minis are already in the studio, and the set includes a mini face oil blend for $10.
Check out the ingredient list and my explanations for each ingredient below. I know you all are going to love this as much as I do, and I’m so excited to share this healing and hydrating product with you!
hydrating rose face toner
Ingredients: distilled water (dissolves impurities), rose water (cleansing anti-inflammatory), vegetable glycerin (seals moisture), hyaluronic acid (moisturizes and synthesizes collagen - this “acid” is naturally produced in our bodies, and I use a pure, vegan blend), rose essential oil (emollient, cleanser, moisturizer), lavender essential oil (reduces acne and restores skin), citric acid mixture (distilled water + citric acid powder; evens skin tone, unclogs pores and adjusts pH)
cool & calm face oil blend
Ingredients: sweet almond oil (gently unclogs pores), rose oil (cleanses pores and helps remove debris from skin), jojoba oil (protects skin)
This week's power flow playlist - I took heavy inspiration from the Black Panther movie and album, and This Is Us, which I binge watched last week (read: I cried everyday last week).
Playlists can be found on Tidal!
Copycat - Billie Eilish
Pray for Me - The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar
Die Young - Sylvan Esso
Friends - Marshmello, Anne-Marie
Ridin Round - Kali Uchis
Icon - Jaden Smith
X - Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Saudi
Wonder Woman - Lion Babe
Working for It - Zhu, Skrillex, THEY.
I Am - Jorja Smith
If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead - James Blake
I See Fire - Jasmine Thompson
I Sip - Tory Lanez
Inhale Exhale - NAO
Coconut Oil - Lizzo
Guap - Yaeji
Nothing - Verite
Again - Kehlani
The Wind - Cat Stevens
Wannabe (Rework) - Anna Straker
How Will I Know - Sam Smith
I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston
Cleanse your space with the new I & I Smudge Stick - made up of organic California White Sage, red spray roses, and Purple Trainwreck cannabis leaves.
Smudging is an ancient American tradition used to clear negative energies, and invite clean and positive energy in. By burning these sacred herbs and flowers, one can clean the energy of any person, space, or object.
The sage is used to clear negative feelings and invite in a state of balance. The rose brings an uplifting energy that inspires love, happiness, and gratitude. The Purple Trainwreck leaves are full of linalool, an active terpine found in lavender, which invites calming energy, anxiety relief, and sedation.
Available in the studio for $7 each, or 2/$10!
The Rose is an age old symbol, noted in stories and texts from ancient times as a token of admiration, compassion, and consciousness. Over one hundred species of roses invite love, natural beauty, and joy into any space they inhabit; but beyond their aesthetic, roses offer incredible healing properties within the petals, hips, leaves and stems.
Rose petals contain a gentle astringent, making them ideal for skincare, as they will help cleanse and nourish your skin. Oil pressed from rose petals vibrates at 320hz, highest of all essential oils, promoting high frequencies of healing through topical application and aromatherapy.
Rose hips, the fruit of the rose plant, are extremely high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Rose hips and the essential oil pressed from them serve as an anti-inflammatory, and increasing research points to rose hips as a useful aid in cancer prevention because of the abundant stress relieving qualities of the plant.
When paired, roses and cannabis can offer an even higher experience of healing and wellness. Geraniol, the prominent terpene in roses, is found in many popular cannabis strains (including headband and amnesia haze, which we’ve used in our classes). And the love doesn’t stop there! These two incredible plants are the perfect pairing for all your healing needs, and a new line of products will now be available in the studio for you to purchase after every class!
Everything will be produced in small batches to ensure freshness and safe use, and some items will be available for pre-order only. Check back for new and updated product offerings, and be sure to visit the studio to pick up all your I & I essentials!
Last week I shared some I & I Sleepytime Tea after our candlelight practices. Even without the cannabis, this blend is an easy way to guarantee a great nights rest. The chamomile and lavender are extremely calming, and lemon helps to prevent insomnia. Valerian root is a natural anxiety reducer and sleep aid, as well as catnip. The rose petals are rich in Vitamin C, and help, along with the cannabinoids, to reduce any aches and pains.
If you’re making a pot for you and others, use a tablespoon to measure your ingredients (~6 cups). If it’s just yourself, use a teaspoon for a big cup of tea, and a half teaspoon for a smaller cup.
This blend includes:
3 parts dried, processed cannabis
3 parts chamomile
1 part lavender
1 part mint
1 part catnip
A pinch of valerian root
A pinch of dried rose petals
I usually let the water come to a boil, and then let it steep on a simmer for about an hour. I do this to extract as many cannabinoids as possible, but you can let steep for 30 minutes and you will have a tasty, powerful tea.
I sweetened with honey, but any other sweetener (or none at all) will work!
When I was a kid growing up, my mom had this huge picture of Bob Marley hanging up in our house - first in the living room, and eventually in the staircase leading to her bedroom. It was a picture of Bob singing at a concert, and I remember that he had on a yellow hat, and behind him everyone was holding up their lighters in the crowd. One of my earliest memories, maybe two or three years old, is of me asking my mom who the man in the picture was.
"That's your dad." She never skipped a beat.
Imagine. Three year old Kijana, walking into daycare like, "Guys, Bob Marley is my dad." There was a man on a poster, and he was my dad. That thing was huge, so I knew he was important. I had dreads and he had dreads, so this definitely felt right. My mom would play me his music when we drove places in the car, and I would vibe out thinking I might sing like my papa someday. This went on from the ages of about three to seven years old. Until we took a summer trip to Jamaica.
The hype of the trip was that we were going to see our dad, Papa Sunny. Now, I knew about Papa Sunny the whole time, but I just assumed he and Bob were one in the same. I knew my real father's name was Robert Rose. I didn't question the Marley part. I was seven. This was the first time I realized that my mother could have told me something untrue.
I recall being skeptical en route, and I can vividly remember that when we arrived, all hell broke loose. Papa Sunny did not have the sweet, kind face of my dad in the picture. Nor the harmonious, sing-sing voice of the man whose songs I had been singing for years. When my mom tried to leave me at the house with him, I refused. I can remember me chasing her, screaming and crying, down the dirt road. And Papa Sunny, dragging me back. "'Mon. 'Top yuh nize." Translation: SHUT UP.
I eventually came to accept and love my real dad, probably sometime around dinner that night. Of course, going from being Bob Marley's kid to not being Bob Marley's kid can be pretty devastating; I think that took me a little bit longer to accept. Bob Marley has always held a special place in my heart, though. His messages are more relevant today than ever before, and he remains to be one of the most eloquent preachers of the Rastafarian culture.
Happy Birthday, Papa Marley.
Purple Trainwreck is about a week away from harvest! I couldn't be more excited to share this strain with you. She is currently stinking up the studio in the best way - heavy grape and sweet berry vibes! And she sure isn't bad to look at!
Believe it or not, I almost threw this plant away about four weeks ago. She was budding out beautifully, but I spotted what looked like a pollen sack sitting by itself on a stalk. Then I saw a few more and vaguely remember a single tear streaming down my cheek. I thought for sure, "This plant is hermied." This is what happens when a plant gets stressed, it starts to grow male parts because it thinks, "I'm so stressed, I must be about to die. Let me make seeds so I can pollinate and make babies to carry my legacy." See guys, plants are just like us.
Ok, seriously though - plants can get stressed from a lot of things, especially once they transition to the bloom phase. Light leaks or being too close to the light - which I knew, for sure, that this plant had suffered from - can both cause stress. If those sacs turned out to be full of pollen and ended up opening up, they could spread their male parts over to my other plants in flower. They'd likely grow seedy buds full of bananas, so everything was pointing to me getting rid of her, for the good of the crop.
But in the end, I got cold feet. I mean, who am I to play God? First, I put her in my mom's indoor garden, no bloom lights or anything, just a window and some natural sun. But after 24 hours, that didn't feel right. It was like I could hear her whispering to me as I walked throughout the house. "You know I need that LEC." She was right, Boston sun has barely been a thing for the past month, and it's definitely not light out for 12 hours a day. Plants in bloom need 12 hours of strong sunlight to grow to their maximum potency and size. I set up a new space for her, by herself, and watched her closely. I plucked one of those sacs and opened it up, nothing was inside. I plucked as many as I found off, and continued to watch her. (I also saged her every day and said multiple prayers of feminine power over her - dead serious.)
And here we are. Current status: straight goddess. Her colas are huge and her buds feel dense, you can barely squeeze them. She's SUPER sticky, crystals everywhere, and when you do get a good squeeze and smell, it basically feels like you just dunked your head into a fruit salad.
I'll keep you all posted as I harvest, cure and test her! This indica strain will be used in our yoga flow for candlelight and power yoga classes, so be sure to check the menu starting last week of February if you're as excited to try her out as I am! This is one of the first strains that I picked out specifically for yoga, right after the first class in June. It's an excellent strain for both pain and stress relief, as well as depression and insomnia. It'll be perfect to end our classes with, leaving you in a state of euphoria and pure relaxation.
Check back here for updates as she finishes out her plant life and transitions to the next phase - healing.
These lemon-ginger shots are the perfect daily detox boost. They are our signature shot here at I & I - mostly because ginger is super accessible and fresh in Boston right now. Ginger is great for reducing nausea and healing muscle pains and inflammation. Lemon is chock full of nourishing vitamins and minerals, and the cayenne helps with digestion. The maple syrup is mostly for taste, but also contains antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation.
Even if you don't have a juicer, you can make these shots pretty easily. All you need is a lemon, a couple inches of ginger, some maple syrup and a dash of cayenne pepper.
If you have a juicer, juice equal parts lemon and ginger. My shots are about two ounces each, so you want at least one small lemon and an inch of ginger for that. If you don't have a juicer, grate the ginger or place it in the food processor to grind it up, and then squeeze the juice through a strainer or cheesecloth. Juice the lemon by squeezing it, and be sure to strain it to get rid of pulp and seeds.
Prepare the shot by pouring a little maple syrup into your shot glass, just enough to lightly coat the bottom of the glass. Pour in the strained juices, and top with a dash of cayenne pepper. Stir or shake it up, and pour it back!
Last Sunday, we welcomed the newest addition to I & I: The Cosmic Relations Series by young goddess Felicia DeRita.
The paintings are breathtaking. They bring the inside studio space to a whole new level of peacefulness, transporting the beholder to a blissful and new cosmic galaxy. I am so grateful to Liz (pictured) for making the connection, and to Felicia for bringing this beautiful vision to life.
Make sure you check out all of her work at www.fderitadesigns.com
Ital is the Rasta way of saying, "live clean and love the earth."
When you grow up Rasta, you're taught that the universe will provide everything one could ever want or need, as long as you lived right by it. Treat others as you would treat yourself and give thanks for the ground that carries you.
It never mattered that our house in the hills of Jamaica didn't have electricity or running water, because there was always a fresh pot of food on the fire, full of flavor derived directly from the earth.
Even though it was different, looking back now, I couldn't be more grateful that my parents taught me how to love natural and whole foods. And now, I couldn't be more inspired and excited for the continued opportunity to share what I've learned with you.
At I & I, all of our foods and edibles are prepared with natural ingredients, whole and fresh foods. Every offering is cooked with love and intention for healing, wellness, and, most importantly - your enjoyment!
Cannabis is an herb that has been used medicinally in the Rastafarian culture, and many other traditional cultures throughout the world. Unfortunately, however, American society has long maintained a mostly racist stigma around the use of the plant for any purpose, though that is finally starting to change.
Now that recreational herb use and cultivation has been legalized in Massachusetts, we have a chance to use the power of cannabis much more intentionally. Every strain of cannabis, whether sativa (energy) or indica (relaxed), presents a unique profile that can offer a range of healing benefits. Cannabis has two active drugs, THC (the psychoactive, head high) and CBD (pain relief), and can be consumed in a multitude of ways other than smoking a joint.
Here at I & I, plants are grown hydroponically with a coco medium and mostly organic nutrients. We grow a variety of plants to support our curated yoga classes and other ganja-enhanced experiences. In general, we use sativa's and sativa blends during our power flows to bring energy. 50/50 Hybrid blends are used for balance, and indica's and indica blends are used for restorative yoga and meditation. The goal is to educate participants about the strains being sampled, and why they have been chosen, which could be anything from the emotional or physical effects to the specific terpene profile of a strain.
I & I Rose Garden is a place of healing and wellness. But, to be clear, it all started with a yoga class.
At first, I simply hoped to create a space where like minded people could smoke weed and practice yoga together - two things that I love to do. But, I never wanted anyone to think that because there's weed involved, we aren't really doing yoga. Anyone who has this expectation is in for a true surprise.
When you visit the garden for a yoga class, you're going to sweat. You'll earn each and every smoke break, the lavender towel in savasana, and all the treats you get to enjoy after class. We take our yoga practice seriously, and we hope you will, too.
Your life can be a fun game, if you let it. Sometimes, the universe will throw you one hundred curve balls, forcing strike out after strike out, just to swing you that one glory hit right down the middle. But be careful. Don't rush the game. If you aren't patient, you won't see it coming.
In terms of what I had planned for my own life, the I & I Rose Garden is a complete accident. But by way of what the universe had planned for me, it is perfectly meant to be. Sometimes you have to be fired from your job, spend your last bit of money to visit a random place, and try something new. For me, it was Toronto, a ganja yoga class at a head shop, my first trip to a recreational cannabis dispensary, and some of the most amazing food I have ever eaten in my life. It all just clicked, and I knew for sure that I had to share my enlightenment with the world.
So, welcome to my garden. If you don't know me, I'm Kijana Rose. I teach yoga at my studio in Boston, I grow my own herb, and I like to cook ital foods inspired by my Rastafarian upbringing. My friends, mom, and the IRG community have helped me create a little space here in Boston to share all of these things with you - in hope to educate, inspire, and empower a new culture of wellness.
This blog will showcase all of the beautiful work that is being done here, the bright flowers that are being grown here, and the delicious food that is being eaten here. Come back for information about workshops and classes, recipes, cannabis and growing updates, new product offerings, and generally dope photos.