Making MovNat a LifestylePosted | 0 comments
Reaching my 30’s as a zoo human last year, I came to the point where we all end up one day, asking myself, “Am I doing the right thing? Do I really want to carry on like this?”
Crippled with injuries from 20 years of soccer practice (hamstrings pulled, sprained ankles, Achilles heel tendinitis), eating industrial food from my workplace cafeteria, I was feeling generally down. Then, I discovered Erwan’s videos. Suddenly, a whole world opened up which seemed to exist only during my childhood – a world where I focused only on freediving, running fast, riding my bike in the French countryside. It was like I was 10-years-old again, and I had a bright future ahead of me.
I started to read everything I could about MovNat – how it was created, the principles, the whole philosophy behind it. I even contacted Erwan and Vic and was so amazed by their kindness in replying to me in a very short manner to guide me through my learning phase. I’m still so grateful for what they did.
In the blink of an eye, everything became clear again. Why get stressed? Why eat processed food when you can pick up fresh food around the corner? Why not get out there, grab a tree branch and ignore the weird looks? Why not learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Why not set a good, healthy example for my kids? Why not choose to be strong, happy, and free?
As my mind totally connected with every single movement and activity, I was able to describe afterwards precisely my feeling (for example, my feet no longer ache on some rough ground since I totally focus on carrying my 40-pound rock). I can express for myself one feeling a day like this, and writing it down fully completes my training.
So for me, before even attending a workshop, MovNat has already unleashed the kid who was asleep inside me. I smile more, wake up earlier to train before work, and I’m more relaxed than ever because I know I have found my way. In less than a year, despite the usual stresses of my sales job, I have improved my relationship with my wife and my kids. It’s been great to discover how to cook Paleo with my wife, and we have fun making new recipes. We love knowing we are feeding our kids in the healthiest way.
My family is vital to me, and the way they embrace MovNat makes me believe even more that it is part of a lifestyle every human should explore.
I wish all those principles could already be implemented in schools, since it supports the solid values of respect, self-confidence, well-being, love and friendship that we all need to thrive on this planet.
Living in Hungary, I found many amazing places where I can practice MovNat, and our last vacation in the Balaton lake (‘the Hungarian Sea’) provided our whole family lots of movnatting opportunities: to carry and throw rocks, climb trees, swim, crawl, or just explore and rediscover natural movements in a park.
Playing together like this is great. My eyes just shine when I see my 2-year-old daughter squatting on the ground to pretend to have a cup of tea, while I’m struggling to remain in that same position.
Our body is so amazing that it is really sad to think we often don’t take care of it in the way it deserves.
Now, I can’t wait to get to a MovNat workshop to learn all the skills and techniques properly. Training with MovNat Instructors is, for me, the only way to confirm my commitment to learn in depth all MovNat represents as a fitness method and a lifestyle. I am excited to meet people having the same drive of reconnecting with our self and sharing our enthusiasm for something we truly believe in. And it would be for me the first step towards certification. Helping people by sharing something with them I believe in so strongly just makes sense to me.
Above all, I want my wife to see her husband and my kids to see their father being strong and happy, an example for them, helping keep close this family tribe we have built with love and respect. MovNat could not be so truly satisfying for me if my family were not involved. I spent many years practicing a specific sport which didn’t involve my wife and kids, and I felt something was missing.
Since we have all begun to go out together in the park and just play, find a good tree, walk on all 4′s or throw rocks, we feel so much closer as a family.
As Erwan said, kids lead by example. My wife and I watch them and learn so much everyday. All I have to do is open my eyes and see the chance I have with my 2 kids and lovely wife to live a healthy, vital life. I want them to keep being flexible, strong, unafraid, smiling, and connected with real people in the real world.
MovNat , as I see it, is not only a fitness program – it has become our lifestyle.
Thanks for All! Merci pour tout MovNat! Jerome Rattoni