300 Second Interview by Fitness Explorer Darryl Edwards

Darryl and Erwan

Original interview on thefitnessexplorer.com.

Why MovNat?
MovNat is a synthesis of my philosophy and practice. In a nutshell it’s my lifestyle that can be shared, taught and transmitted.   I’ve been researching and working on this for 20 years.

MovNat the notion of natural human movement, a practice, a discipline, fitness regimen, physical education method or a lifestyle choice, can gain recognition and obtain a well-deserved place in today’s society.

MovNat so that people will not be intimidated to move naturally in public spaces anymore.

MovNat so people are liberated and empowered thanks to a powerful and effective way to become strong, healthy, happy and free, or if you will, true to their nature.

What did you want to be when growing up? Any regrets?

When I was a kid I wanted to be an explorer, a sailor or even a pirate. I’ve done a bit of all these :D.  I don’t have any regrets, life is a fabulous adventure to me.

Having a clear mental picture of what you want to experience in life is really important because when your vision and reality match you feel uplifted.  Life becomes a process you can play a creative role in, a journey that is the destination.

John Lennon said, “life is what happens while you’re busy planning.”

That’s true because spending your life planning all details of it is the best way to not get to where you want to go.  The devil is in the details.  You want to stay creative and adaptive.  Visualize with confidence, but sometimes go with the flow.

You now live in the US, how does it compare to life in France?

Everything goes faster here.  The pioneer spirit is still alive, with this desire to do something new and to achieve.  I love that can-do-attitude because that is my mindset too, so in that sense I am very American.  France can be very creative but also very conservative. French people generally tend to see everything in a negative light.

But I also sense a increasing fear of the future in the US.  I think this country is still young, and therefore still has a great power of resilience, but I don’t see change coming from politics.  The most powerful change will come from a change of lifestyle.  I would like to help.

What are you reading at the moment and what inspired you to do so?

I’m reading “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” by Robert M.Sapolsky.

It perfectly explains the science behind the “Zoo Human Syndrome” – the plethora of physical and mental afflictions that undermine modern human’s health and well-being.  If you want to be strong, healthy, happy and free again, it is high time to question what’s “normal” in our modern lives!

What is your favourite holiday destination? Why?

Holiday? Honestly, I’m never really on vacation, I tend to be at work all the time, but I love what I do.   It’s more an expression of who I am than a chore;  I’m driven by passion and vision.   I do have a favorite place in the world though; it is Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean.  It is a beautiful island that combines mountains, forests and lakes, desert and sea.  The nature there is phenomenal.  It is a unique place.


What is your favorite pursuit when not doing MovNat?

I love to learn new stuff and to travel. But to me that’s the MovNat attitude.

If you could have any super-power what would it be?

The power to heal people and to relieve them from any suffering they have.  I’ve designed a concept that I hope will help many to engage in a healthy lifestyle.  We’re not supposed to be weak, sick, depressed and caged. Quite the opposite. We were meant to thrive.

What are the differences between George Hebert’s Methode Naturelle and MovNat?

Amoros method a century before Hebert's Methode Naturelle

The main difference resides in the coaching system, which has been updated. It is more elaborate and efficient in MovNat. It also has solid scientific backing.  MovNat’s philosophy is formulated to better fit with today using modern forms of communication, for instance video and the Internet.

To clarify “Methode Naturelle” is not where this started, since Georges Hebert modernized the work of Amoros that preceded him by a century.  MovNat is today’s evolution of a philosophy that is more than 200 years old, the story will go on and propel itself into the future.

MovNat has been gaining momentum in the last few years – did you ever feel as if the world was never ready for this form of natural human movement? What kept you going?

I did not think the world was ready when I was 19 and living a similar lifestyle.

What kept me going was a strong sense of self, of who I had chosen to be and how I had chosen to experience life in today’s world.   I’ve always had the intuition that my quest had a meaning and that I would have things to share on a larger scale some day.  Over time this feeling has proven to be true.

20 years later much has changed, it is easy to see MovNat is one of these things people really need today.   MovNat is more than the coaching or the practice of natural human movement skills, it can be a lifestyle.  I envision that more and more people will crave for such a lifestyle, because it is the perfect antidote to a Zoo human predicament.

What has been your most surreal experience?

Feeding wolves in a park one night, by holding raw flesh between my lips, and inhaling their breath as they would snatch the meat with mind-blowing speed and lightness.  I was 20 and it has been the most primal experience of my life.

4 replies
  1. Robert W says:

    This is a great interview!

    I very much like your response to the question regarding a super-power…

    “The power to heal people and to relieve them from any suffering they have.”

    That statement, the aspiration and intention, says it all. I look forward – can’t wait really! – to getting more involved with Movnat.

    Thanks so much!

    All good wishes,

    robert (in North Carolina, USA)

  2. Anthony Landreth says:

    Cool interview.

    Worth mentioning that for anyone who doesn’t have the time or energy to read Sapolsky, his work is featured in the National Geographic documentary “Stress: Portrait of a Killer”, which can be watched instantly on NetFlix. One of the main themes of the documentary, and Sapolsky’s work, is that your position in a social hierarchy can limit your lifespan.

    Maybe the non-competitive nature of MovNat can help mitigate our exposure to toxic hierarchies…The workshops certainly leave you feeling relaxed and a little more empowered.

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