Dissolve yeast into water with a pinch of sugar, let stand 10 minutes, until the mixture is creamy colored.
Mix the yeast mixture with flour, sugar, salt and canola oil, and knead until combined (a few minutes, not even 5).
Let the dough rise in a greased bowl until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. When the dough has risen, pinch off a handful and roll it out into a long strand.
Set aside. Repeat with the rest of the dough, about 6 times. Once all the strands are rolled out,
pick up the first one and stretch it out again (the gluten will have relaxed and it should stretch further now).
Twist it into a pretzel shape or cut the strips into 2 inch sections and place them on a baking sheet lined with silipat or cooking spray.
Repeat with the rest of the strands.
Dissolve baking soda into hot water and stir until dissolved.
Quickly dip each pretzel into the mixture and place it back on the baking sheet.
Sprinkle all the pretzels with sea salt, to your preference.
Bake for about 8 minutes, until pretzels have browned.
Makes six medium-sized pretzels, but please double or triple this recipe, because they disappear quickly!