Last weekend we celebrated America’s birthday with friends, fireworks, cocktails and general shenanigans. This weekend however, is all about bare feet, fresh juice, and most importantly great yoga classes as I will be channeling my inner yogi at the Nantucket Yoga Festival! Yoga on Nantucket is a pretty special thing. We are lucky enough to have several beautiful studios to gather and practice. I personally gravitate towards the Yoga Room on Fairgrounds Road, where I practice year-round with some amazing teachers. In the summertime our little island of Nantucket harnesses some awesomely vibrant energy and I am so excited and grateful to be a part of something that channels that energy into the practice of yoga. Here is my list of the top 5 events that I am most looking forward to attending…

1. Opening Night Celebration the Westmoor

keynote speaker Gabrielle Bernstein

6a01156f73b06a970c0128773a266a970c-800wiI have been a fan of Gabrielle’s for about 2 years now and I can already tell you I am going to be a little starstruck when I meet her. I have read her books, downloaded her guided meditations, and glean daily inspiration from her Instagram. This woman is a powerhouse of a “spirit guru”. Gabrielle has attended so many amazing events around the world (including being featured by Oprah) and it is so awesome that she is going to be here with us at the Nantucket Yoga Festival. To top it off, the kickoff event includes an organic dinner cooked by Chef Bruce Sacino, fresh juices, and wine from Cisco Brewery. Deliciousness all around.

2. Vendor Village

Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The vendor village is really a yoga marketplace that includes clothing, jewelry and craft booths. Even if you don’t have a Yoga Festival pass, you can still check out the vendor booths. I definitely plan to check out Athleta to pick out some new yoga gear. Malas by Clay Twombly are a personal favorite – definitely a purchase to consider: either for yourself or as a special gift for someone else. Since I have never had a Henna tattoo (or any tattoo for that matter) I am going to sign right up for a free-hand custom design drawn by artist Kelly Flaherty. Photo: AEB


3.  Flight School

Saturday July 12

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

As a yogi, there are a lot of poses that I have been working to perfect (hello handstands and Scorpio pose!). Teacher Raghunath’s famously popular, powerful & playful class challenges yogis to take on sophisticated asanas and make them more approachable. Besides… anything called “Flight School” – sign me up. Photo by Robert Sturman


4. Do Your Om Thing

Sunday, July 13

10:30 am – 12:30 pm


After a rigorous 90 minute vinyassa yoga class followed by a long shivasana, it is pretty hard NOT to feel awesomely blissed out. BUT – carrying that yoga philosophy off the mat? Not as easy. Rebecca Pacheco’s workshop includes 60-minutes of “fun, fiery yoga” followed by an inspiring class including thoughtful discussion, meditation, and self-reflection. It’s the second half of the workshop that I am really looking forward to as it explores traditional yoga philosophy from a modern perspective. While I am usually more drawn to the physically challenging classes, I think that this class will round out my schedule nicely.

5. Slackline Yoga

Sunday, July 13

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

My first introduction to Slackline was at St. Lawrence when I used to watch all of the climbers balancing on a line outside of the Outing Club. I did not partake. Slacklining is so very cool to see, but also a little intimidating. Taught by Sam Salewei and Raquel Hernandez Cruz, this class promises to teach you how to SLACK in 90 minutes! Sunday Fun-day indeed. Photo by Rachel Fabiszak Photography

For the full Nantucket Yoga Festival schedule, check out their site HERE




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Namaste! XX AEB