Museum finds flexible way to use space

Jackson BarrettSouth Western Times
Yoga instructor Alison Barndon has been running yoga sessions in the Bunbury Museum throughout November.
Camera IconYoga instructor Alison Barndon has been running yoga sessions in the Bunbury Museum throughout November. Credit: Jackson Barrett

Yoga and museums might not be two things paired with each other on a regular basis, but it turns out there is a link between them, and it’s not too much of a stretch.

The Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre is promoting mindfulness with its new initiative yoga sessions inside the museum for people of all ages, ability and experience.

Museum curator Jenny Scott said their is an important link between culture and mindfulness.

“I am really hoping this will introduce the museum to new and different audiences, but it is also really great to encourage mindfulness in a cultural space so it is really relevant to what we want to do too,” she said.

“I think it is a global thing, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has done something similar and a lot of museums around the world have tried it out.

“Part of a visit to the museum is to a museum is to inspire people to think about place, time and how the past effects the present so I think it all ties in to the practice of mindfulness.”

Yoga instructor Alison Barndon said it was an opportunity for busy people in the CBD to take some time out of the day for themselves.

“It enables people to find quietness and by finding quietness within yourself, you become more mindful of others,” she said.

“If your mind is always busy and thinking about where you have to be, or checking your phone, or what you need to do, you don’t have time to calm down and see what others are doing or thinking around you.”

Sessions are running on a trial basis during November, at 7.30am on Tuesday and Thursdays.

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