As you plan your summer on Nantucket, there is one festival that blACKbook says HAS to be on your summer calendar… and that is The Nantucket Yoga Festival. This three-day experience is the perfect time to get in some relaxation, do a little self reflection and meet and mingle with an incredible group of wellness savvy people, both local and global. And with the 6th annual festival just two months away, we got all the hot news that will make you want to get your full fest pass today! (Which is good, since only at blACKbook do we have a special price for you!) Read up on what you gotta know and why you gotta go below.

1. best INSTRUCTORS ever!

Joann Burnham, the cofounder of the Nantucket Yoga Festival says that the best of the best instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides are coming this year.. including the incredible Natasha Rizopoulos. Natasha is both a senior teacher at Down Under Yoga in Boston and a frequent contributor to Yoga Journal, in which she is the star of their Beginner’s Step-by-Step video series! Her knowledge is extensive and over the past twenty years, she has been an instrumental teacher, empowering yoga students to understand the profound connections between the mind, body and spirit and teaches the art of meditation in motion! We’re super excited for her “YOUR HIPS, OPEN YOUR HEART” workshop. “Freedom in the hips clears pathways throughout the body, and the effects are profound for the soul as well. We’ll create a template of intention and action in a transformative practice that will unlock your hips, shoulders and upper back, cultivating a pattern of openness and joy. Be prepared to engage with your most expansive Self.”


2. FLOORS now in all tents!

While we love the natural feeling of grass between our toes… sometimes, when you’re practicing yoga, you need a little terra firma to master that balancing posture you have been working on! So this year, the Yoga Fest is taking the spaces to all new levels, by adding floors in each of the four beautiful and intimate tents that will help support you and your practice!

 3. one name… ALAN FINGER

We’ll be welcoming a yoga legend to our island this July… And that yogiraj is Alan Finger who has been teaching and practicing yoga for more than 50 years! Before creating his current New York Studio ISHTA Yoga, Alan co-founded Yoga Zone, Be Yoga, AND Yoga Works! He is the author of several bestselling books on yoga including Yoga Zone Introduction to Yoga and Breathing Space: Twelve Lessons For The Modern Woman which he co-athored with Katrina Repka. Alan travels the world to share his teachings and we are so looking forward to welcoming him to the Grey Lady with his session on  BALANCING THE CHAKRAS THROUGH YOGA. “The chakras are the headquarters of each element in our body and have aprofound effect on our physical, emotional, and energetic state. In this workshop, we will explore how the different chakras manifest and can come into balance through our yoga practice. Alan will teach you how to use the tools of kriya and meditation, while Sarah Platt-Finger will lead you through an asana practice to find balance within yourself and with the universe, bringing clarity, wisdom, and unbound potential into each moment of your life.”


 4. A FRESH VIP event on Saturday Night!

Now here’s an event that is just as appetizing as it is educational ! In collaboration with WELL Summit, the Nantucket Yoga Fest is offering an exclusive VIP event at Nantucket Culinary Center on Saturday of July 8th from 6:30-8:30PM… And here, guests will meet and mingle with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Drew Ramsey who will be sharing tips and treats from his book The Happiness Diet, which tells a nutritional prescription for a sharp brain, balanced mood, and a lean, energized body! Want to participate in the Yoga Festival, but can’t attend the whole weekend? Then you’re in luck, since this is a stand alone ticket and you do not want to miss this VIP event! Tickets are extremely limited. So get yours now by clicking below!

 5. VENDORS galore!

The vendor tent at the Nantucket Yoga Fest is always a serious summer shopping highlight… It’s like the coolest collections of athleisure wear, beauty and wellness products, experiential food and drink stands and so much more! Here, you’ll be able to find the coolest pair of yoga pants, get a special mala from island jeweler Clay Twombly, and treat yourself to a 15-minute or a full hour of massage! Have you ever had Henna? You can get yours at the tent! And beyond the vendors, be sure to check out the Barre Bus for a free mini Barre workout with Go Figure! The vendor tent is chock full of amazing offerings and we hear there is still a few spaces left to get your wears in.


 6. FREE Saturday Community Concert!

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Hot to the 6th annual Nantucket Yoga Festival are Aya and Tyler, an amazing couple that share the power of meditation through music. Her voice is like an angel’s, and he plays flute, singing bowls, and the digeridoo! Aya and Tyler are part of a community concert, brand new to the Yoga Festival and open to the public under the big tent on Saturday from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.! Experience the music, the energy, and the festival’s cool vibes as you have the ability to join in at no cost. BONUS: on Sunday they will offer a three curated community classes from 12:45pm to 1:45pm with beloved local instructors Shannah Green, Meg Roher and Sheri Perelman!


 7. BONUS: a special BLACKBOOK full festival pass price!

For blACKbook Yogis Only! Purchase your pass this weekend from May 12th to 15th and use the code blackbook and get your full festival pass for just $299… that’s a savings of over $75! FYI.. this doubles as the perfect Mothers Day gift!


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