The third annual Nantucket Yoga Festival is just a few weeks away! From July 11-13 guests will get to experience classes, workshops, and a huge marketplace open to the public! This year’s festival will be featuring more than 20 internationally known instructors as well as appearances by Tao Porchon-Lynch 95-years-young yoga instructor who believes there’s nothing in life you can’t do, New York Times best-selling author of May Cause Miracles, Gabrielle Bernstein, and musical group Hanumen! Pangea Organics is even featuring an aromatherapy misting tent open to all guests! If that’s not enough to get you excited, festival founder and director of Dharma Yoga Nantucket, Joann Burnham, has shared this amazing yoga sequence to help stay cool and look hot this summer!
Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Stand with your big toes touching, heels slightly apart. Find all four corners of each foot evenly connected to the mat.
Relax your face. Soften your eyes. Allow yourself the luxury of standing still and breathing for 30 seconds.
Uttanasana (Folded Forward Bend)
Inhale the arms up overhead, exhale fold forward. Take a slight bend in the knees and connect the chest to the thighs.
Hold on behind the ankles with the hands. Connect to the breath. On each exhale create some space by walking the heart gently toward the toes. Stay here for 5 full breaths. Place the hands on either side of the feet and step back into downward-facing dog.
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward from your shoulders. Spread the fingers wide and feel the fingers connected to the mat. Keep the head between the upper arms. Without moving the hands or the press the seat and hips back. Stay here for 5 full breaths. Inhale and shift the torso forward into plank.
Press your outer arms inward and press your index fingers into the floor Press the shoulder blades down and back. Let the gaze float down. Reach back through the tailbone and the heels. Reach the belly button towards the spine. Stay here for 10 full breaths then press back into downward facing dog.
Vasisthasanan (Side Plank)
Shift all the weight forward come back into plank. Shift onto the outside edge of your left foot, and stack your right foot on top of the left. Lift the hips and open the heart raising the right arm to the sky. Find the body in one long line from the heels to the crown. Let the gaze float up. Stay here for 5 full breaths. Return to plank, roll over onto the opposite side of the body and repeat for 5 full breaths. Return to plank. Press back into downward-facing dog for 3 full breaths then press all the way back into Balasana (Child’s Pose) Rest here for 10 full breaths.
Interested in attending this year’s festival? Learn more here!