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Sunday 12th September 2021

The Last Custodian: Accessible Yoga & Poems

— Online
Special apocalypse themed and BSL interpreted guided seated yoga class with poems!
price: Headfirst Tickets

Information:

This is an online and live seated yoga class as part of the launch of Stephen Lightbown’s second poetry collection 'The Last Custodian.' Set in a post apocalypse world where the last survivor on Earth is Luke, a paraplegic.

Stephen will be joined by certified yoga teacher Biddy Messchaert who is based in Delft in the Netherlands. Biddy will start the event by guiding participants through a 30-minute seated yoga class, suitable for all abilities and all levels of experience.

This Yoga class will be a little different from the classes you know and will be perfect to imagine joining in should you find yourself surviving an apocalypse. You'll need a chair or other seat, preferably without arm rests. make sure the soles of your feet are fully supported (if not bring books or yoga blocks to rest your feet and bring the floor up to you ). Bring a scarf or tie or a Yoga strap. Please wear comfortable clothing.

After the class, there will be a chance to rest and relax whilst Stephen shares poems from the book. After the poems there will be a short discussion between Stephen and Biddy with a chance for you to ask questions if you'd like to.
Mark your calendar, set your alarms, and wear something red or orange. This is an event not to be missed. Beaming live in to your living room, bedroom, kitchen or yoga studio on 12 September from 10am

The yoga class and poems will be BSL interpreted and copies of poems can be made available in advance on request.

Pre-booking is essential and tickets are available as Pay What You Can from £0.

You will receive instructions on how to join the event upon registration. A recording of the event will be made available to attendees after the event.

If you have any questions before the launch, or trouble joining the event please email hello@lizcounsell.com.

To buy a copy of The Last Custodian ahead of the launch please go to https://stephenlightbown.bigcartel.com/products.

Biddy is offering the opportunity to join a live online session for free with the option to listen to the recording for 1 week. You can also opt for a €10 discount on a membership option to join more often. Please use this link: https://www.yogavayu.nl/courses/yoga-nidra?coupon=REDDUST or go to the website and use the coupon code: REDDUST.

Stephen Lightbown is a Blackburn born, Bristol based poet. Paralysed following an accident in 1996 when he was 16 Stephen uses his poems to give a voice to his disability. He has spoken at events across the UK and at festivals such as Shambala, Womad, Camp Kin and Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival. Stephen is the author of two poetry collections The Last Custodian and Only Air and in August 2021 he performed his first commission for theatre, a piece about applying for the PIP disability benefit. Stephen is also trying to find a home for his first middle grade novel and is the Chair of the international dance company Candoco. He can be found via most social media channels via @spokeandpencil.

Biddy is a Dutch Yoga Teacher, living in Delft with the amazing Joost (human) and Jilly (dog). As the founder of Yoga Vayu she teaches different styles of Yoga, both online and in person. She also hosts a variety of international workshops and retreats, also both online and in person. She has over 600 hours of training and certifications in Yoga Flow, Modern Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Kid’s Yoga. Her teaching style is open and welcoming to all bodies and minds, always aiming to help you find the movement or relaxation you need.

Images description: Stephen is a white man in his forties with short greying hair, green eyes and is sat in his silver wheelchair in front of a panoramic view of Bristol. He is smiling, wearing a checkered shirt and is scratching his ear. Biddy is a Dutch born woman in her forties, with Indo-European blood and light skin, dark brown, medium length hair and brown/green eyes. She is smiling in the photo, wearing a silver necklace.

Photo credit for Stephen's headshot © Ali Fewell

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Artist Audio:

Stephen Lightbown! - Burning Eye Podcast
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