Yoga My training and teaching for over a decade as a Yoga Teacher in the ‘tradition’ of Vanda Scaravelli has led me into a depth of understanding of the body’s language and movement patterns. How to tap into a place of resource and ease where we experience pain, struggle with stability or ﬂexibility, lack orientation or feel dis-embodied. Over the years I have found ways, through my own body journey, to blend simple and advanced postural work with hands-on structural integration techniques. Here we discover how our body holds the capacity to constantly re-frame our experience through grounding and lengthening.
Writing I have always looked for language to describe the landscape of experience, or perhaps more pertinently the lens through which this landscape is ﬁltered. I did this through my life as far back as I can remember, through letters and notebooks and journals. Eventually the tool that was shaping between my senses and reading and in my hands identiﬁed itself as poetry. My use of words was asking to be mastered and reﬁned in alignment with my interest in the body and movement, how context is fabricated and then loosens like a dance through the relationship of the body to its backdrop and search for connection, the meaning of open space. My poetry therefore references the visceral, the mystical, the ritualistic, the changing skins of light and shadow, how opposites are integrated when the raw materials of what may be dormant or muted are given the capacity to express. What breathes in every human soul, as well as the animal and plant worlds, waits to surface in words, often long after an event has happened, often generations later. I see my task as an artist of language to excavate and work the words until they break through into what Barbara Turner-Vesselago refers to what can be the ‘scary’ ground ‘beyond the reach of the ego.’
Published Works At The Coalface is a cycle of poems grown out of Rebecca’s highly-praised ﬁnal submission for the Masters in Creative Writing at Bath Spa university, written between 2018 and 2019. (read more)