Join us in the Broadway Studio for a live Yoga Nidra led by Alison Fairchild, as part of the current Foyer Gallery exhibition, Nothing to do, no one to please by Rhiannon Moxham
Come and enjoy a whole hour of stillness and calm where no demands are made of you, where there is nothing to do and no-one to please but yourself. Come early and take some time to relax by enjoying the Gallery exhibitions - or dash in on the dot of 2pm if you have to, no-one will mind. Please bring along anything you will need to make yourself as comfortable as possible, such as additional yoga mats, blankets or pillows. We will be providing mats but as we will be laying on the floor or sitting down for the Yoga Nidra, extra layers of padding can be very welcome!
Following the Yoga Nidra, there will be an informal discussion about the exhibition accompanied by tea and cake provided by Broadway Gallery. You are welcome to arrive prior to the Yoga Nidra for an opportunity to visit the exhibition before so you can bring any questions or thoughts to the discussion.
This event is a collaboration between Alison and Rhiannon as a result of an ongoing conversation surrounding the relationship between art and yoga.
If you haven’t experienced Yoga Nidra before, please read below for lots of information about what to expect…
What is Yoga Nidra?
At its simplest, Yoga Nidra is a very accessible relaxation technique. You will be guided through several stages of relaxation to bring you to a state of deep rest where your body and mind can refresh and renew. It requires no special knowledge or experience, simply the desire to be still and listen. At a deeper level, Yoga Nidra is a potent meditative resource for deep healing, insight, and empowerment. With practice, you may learn to enter a deeper state of consciousness where you re-encounter the essential truth of who you really are. You may learn to experience deep freedom from everything which holds you back. Yoga Nidra is a great treasure which welcomes you home to yourself.
Won’t I just fall asleep?
Yes, probably, to begin with you may just fall asleep. It’s very common, and if you are weary and in need of rest, then there will be very little you can do to prevent this from happening. However, we remain conscious, even in sleep. You will hear everything that is said during the Yoga Nidra even if you are asleep. You may not remember it, but you will benefit from it. Sleeping is fine. With practice you will learn to stay awake.
Do I have to lie down on the floor?
No, you just need to be comfortable. It’s fine to practice Yoga Nidra sitting in a chair or sitting on the floor if you prefer not to lie down.
What do I need to bring?
There will be some equipment which you can borrow but if you have your own yoga mat, blanket, pillow, bolster or anything else, then please bring them to make yourself as warm and comfortable as possible. If you’ve been to something like this before, you will know how important it is to feel really comfortable and warm. Wear soft, loose clothing if possible but really, anything you happen to be wearing is acceptable. Why not take off your shoes at the door and feel that you have left something behind as you come in?
Alison Fairchild lives in Letchworth and teaches Yoga at various venues in Letchworth and Baldock. She has been using Yoga Nidra in all her classes for several years now and remains deeply convinced of the capacity of this practice to improve people’s lives. Alison believes that we are all longing to be given permission to rest; to rest from our busy lives, to take time for ourselves and to simply come home. The practice of Yoga Nidra gives us this permission.
Rhiannon Moxham’s practice uses moving image, sound, installation, ceramics and publications. By approaching the different aspects of her work not separately but as if they exist simultaneously, her way of working remains unfixed and always open to the possibilities of change. Rhiannon’s current exhibition Nothing to do, no one to please at the Broadway Gallery is an installation comprising of four parts; Risograph posters, a blend of diffused essential oils, a collection of used train tickets and a film documenting a train journey from Cambridge to London Kings Cross overlaid with a live-recorded Yoga Nidra.
Tickets £5/£3 concessions.