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Mindfulness, yoga – and art – at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton

A stroll around an art gallery can be soooo relaxing, don’t you find?  It’s not all in the mind – well it is, sort of  – because a study by a Professor of Neuro-biology at University College London showed that looking at art actually releases the feel-good chemical called dopamine into the brain. Now the Museum of Somerset have taken it one step further by offering sessions of super-calming mindfulness and yoga combined with time in the gallery with Tristram Hillier’s Landscapes of the Mind exhibition.



Being mindful is about being more aware of yourself and your surroundings, moment by moment.  Reconnecting with your body and the sensations you experience, becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings as they happen. Want to know more about mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your everyday life?  Bev Alderson will get you started on the right path, with meditation practice in the museum and a contemplative walking meditation around the Landscape of the Mind exhibition.


Hatha yoga combines yoga postures and breathing exercises to help bring peace to mind and body. Bev Alderson will help you find your zen with an hour-long hatha yoga session in the medieval Great Hall of Taunton Castle. You don’t have to know your downward dog from a cow stretch but if you do, that’s OK too, as the session is suitable for all levels of experience and everything’s provided.


The Beach at Yport, 1940, oil on canvas, Private Collection/Bridgeman Images

Step into the surreal world of Tristram Hillier (1905 – 1985).  The acclaimed 20th century British artist’s works are often otherworldly, with unreal perspectives and out of place objects – a sort of Somerset Salvador Dali (he lived here for a while).  There are around 50 works in the Landscapes of the Mind exhibition, both by Hillier and other avant garde modernist artists like Paul Nash and Ben Nicholson, on loan from private collections and galleries around the UK including Tate Britain and National Galleries Scotland.

Ready to relax?

Mindfulness and Art at the Museum:  Thurs 13 Feb, 6pm –7pm.

Yoga and Art at the Museum: Wed 26 February, 8.30am – 10am. Wed 4 March: 6pm – 7.30pm.  Mon 25 March: 8.30am – 10am.

Tickets are £10 and include the mindfulness/yoga session and time in the exhibition. Book yourself in


Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton TA1 4AA.


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