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'Pot Yoga' Comes to San Francisco

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Pot yoga has come to San Francisco, where students are encouraged to take a puff before assuming various postures to increase their level of relaxation and flexibility.

Historically, cannabis has been linked to really early use with yoga in ancient Shiva cults," said Dee Dussault, 34, a 20-year yogi and instructor of Ganja Yoga in San Francisco, which launched this October. "Back then, they weren't smoking it, but drinking it in a milk beverage and burning it as an incense. But if you're burning incense, you're essentially hotboxing the temple as a result."

At Ganja Yoga, students are responsible for their own high: Those who possess medical marijuana cards can participate in a 15-minute smoking session before class, at which point everyone will form a circle, state their name and share their inspiration for attending.

"A lot of students are consuming it before yoga anyway," said Dussault. "So a big benefit that I am hearing is the community aspect. The first thing they want to do after consuming cannabis is lay down and stretch. And, depending upon the dosage and strain, it really encourages people to relax."

Described as primarily a meditative or a mental practice, Dussault focuses on slow-moving Hatha yoga poses that promote joint mobility and are approachable for different body types. The classes -- which are held on Wednesdays at Merchants of Reality studio in the Bay Area -- average around 16 students at a time and are typically divided equally between female and male practitioners, she said.

"Far more men attend Ganja Yoga classes than any of the others I teach," said Dussault, who also leads sessions of Clothing-Free Yoga, Tantra and Sexual Awakening Yoga, among others.

The class has proved so popular, in fact, that there is talk of adding additional times to the studio schedule.

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Man Indicted on Charges in Tennessee-California Drug Ring

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A Tennessee man has been indicted on charges for his alleged involvement in a drug operation that spanned from Memphis, Tenn. to California.

Sullivan Ly was indicted on money laundering and drug-related charges.

According to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, Ly was arrested on June 16 after making a $7,000 deposit at one Tennessee bank and while allegedly on the way to make another $7,000 deposit at another nearby bank.

It was at the second bank where Ly, 26, was arrested.

Investigators believe the money he was about to deposit there would have been immediately withdrawn in California by accomplices in a marijuana operation.

Authorities executed a search warrant at the suspect's home in Cordova, Tenn., and allegedly seized weapons, ammunition, USPS shipping labels, a notebook with a drug ledger, bags of marijuana, a scale and $822 in cash found throughout the house.

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San Jose Police Make Arrest in Sexual Assault of Two Women

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Police have arrested a 26-year-old man in the sexual assault of two women in San Jose on Wednesday.

Kenneth Bridges has been arrested.

Police said two women -- ages 63 and 54 -- were sexually assaulted in the incident that occurred on the 1600 block of Stokes Street.

Bridges was taken into custody at the scene.

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Bank Robber At-Large

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Police are investigating a bank robbery on Tuesday in the Taraval District.

The San Francisco Police Department says the suspect handed a demand note to the teller at a bank on the 1800 block of Irving Street.

The teller complied, and the suspect then fled the bank.

No arrests have been reported.

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Man Robbed at 10 UN Plaza

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Two people are at-large after a robbery late Tuesday night in the Tenderloin District.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, the 20-year-old victim was at 10 UN Plaza walking to the BART station when two people approached him from behind.

One suspect punched him in the face several times while the other suspect stole his phone.

The suspects fled on foot.

The victim was not seriously injured. No arrests were made.

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