Podcast by Evolve Move Play
Podcast by Evolve Move Play
Mapping The Evolve Move Play Method With John Vervaeke: EMP Podcast 36
We believe that the practice of movement is more than learning neat tricks and improving our physical aesthetics.
While those things are great, what we are aimed at is a practice that goes beyond just the physical and improves as many aspects of our lives as possible.
Movement is essentially an expression of the self— the body-mind organism that we are. It is how we interact with and experience literally everything going on within and around us.
Our connections to the environment, to others, and to ourselves immediately affect the quality of our lives.
If you are constantly unhappy with your own actions, scared of the world around you, and being alienated by your peers, cultivating a sense of purpose can be incredibly difficult to do.
Building an ecology of practices that strengthen these relations gives us a better chance to create the life we want for ourselves.
We can find affordances in our environment that nurture us and give us opportunities for learning and growth.
We learn how to communicate and form bonds with people to expand our network of support. We begin to live according to our vision and, through continual work and incremental progress, gain a stronger sense of self respect and self trust.
Johns work is tightly woven around this idea of creating a sense of meaning, but one of the biggest criticisms of his work is that it can be abstract. Sure, we should live more meaningful lives, but what are the real world, physical actions that bring about that result?
John’s work has resonated deeply with us at EMP and we feel there is a way to make the ideas and principles concrete, and we’ve been working hard on mapping out how to put all of these concepts into actual practice.
The purpose of today's episode is not so much to interview John, but rather to present our map of practices to him for the sake of getting some dialogue and feedback on how congruent they are to his teachings.
We hope you enjoy this conversation and we’d be happy to hear what questions or comments you have.
Keep an eye out in the future for more interviews and conversations with John, and don’t forget to go check out his lecture series “Awakening from the Meaning Crisis” on YouTube.
00:00 - Intro
03:48 - Pillar Practices
09:08 - The Physical Philosopher
18:11 - The EMP Roadmap
33:32 - The Archetypes
47:22 - Embodied Sacredness
58:34 - Jitsu vs Do
1:04:13 - The Power of Dialogue
Learn Like a Human: EMP Podcast 35
It might seem obvious, but it’s incredibly important to understand that humans are complex.
Not only are we physically complex, but we’re cognitively, emotionally, and socially complex as well.
This is in big part because we must survive in a world that is just as mind numbingly complex as we are and, often times, directly hostile towards us.
Existing amidst this complexity has required that we become a versatile and adaptive system of systems that is properly equipped to recognize, understand, and solve an incalculable number of emergent problems or tasks.
Our capacity for self organization and skill acquisition is staggering, but as our technological strength grows our world becomes more reliant on computers and machines.
As a result, we have made the mistake of adopting patterns of teaching and learning that, while they might make sense from an engineers standpoint, are actually at odds with how humans most effectively learn.
I would wager that most of you reading this have experienced a time where an instructor has overwhelmed you with too much information, over-correction of mistakes, or improper cuing— resulting in you actually coming away from the lesson more frustrated and less skillful.
Why does this happen? It might seem sensible that having a clear understanding of each individual step, or having a high frequency of technical correction would result in faster progress, but because of how our brains are structured that’s not the way we optimally learn, especially in terms of applicable motor skills.
So if you are going to learn natural movement, or any other skill, it’s important to understand just how humans naturally learn. What are the principles that allow students to self organize and generate robust and reliable movement solutions?
Today’s episode of the EMP Podcast will have you join in on a lecture from last year’s Autumn Retreat where Rafe broke down the science and structure behind Evolve Move Plays method of teaching.
This is an insightful and fascinating talk for anyone, teacher or student, who wants to avoid the frustrations of improper instruction and gain a firmer understanding of how to tap into our natural super powers of learning and applying movement skills.
So check it out and let us know below what your experiences have been with learning or teaching movement. How do you facilitate student growth, or what struggles regularly show up with your practice? We want to hear your stories!
00:00 - Intro
03:43 - Explicit and Implicit Knowledge
10:36 - The Ill Defined Problem of Human Movement
22:04 - Non Linear Learning
28:33 - Relevance and Affordances
34:05 - Constraints and Cuing
45:44 - Four Levels of Motor Control
54:42 - The EMP Pedagogy
The Heroic Journey, Parkour and Jordan Peterson: EMP Podcast 34
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a story is worth countless lessons.
Each person who listens to a tale can see it freshly from the frame of their own life experiences and glean from it a level of wisdom that may have never been otherwise captured.
More so, because we continually grow and gain new insights throughout the course of our lives, as we return to these stories time and again we find that they offer us new wisdom that we hadn’t been ready to receive before.
John Vervaeke speaks of this as being a kind of sacredness; a relationship between person and narrative that affords an inexhaustible fount of insight and discovery.
Throughout history and across cultures, the most prevalent theme humans have been sharing with one another is the epic struggle between order and chaos. It is a universal truth that life begets conflict and that the most admirable trait a person can aspire to is the ability to face the challenges of their life head on.
To us, movement practice is a path towards that aim. It is a lifelong road that leads us from the “unbearable present” to the “ideal future”. A daily commitment to becoming the self we most admire.
Today Rafe is going to revisit the stories he told on our last podcast episode and tie them back into the frame of movement practice. He will explain how these concepts of order, chaos and the heroic journey can be powerful tools to aid us on our own path of self transformation.
00:00 - Intro and Forward
02:35 - Movement and the Heroic Journey
04:44 - Rafe’s History
11:54 - Congruent Principles
15:50 - Order, Chaos and the Heroic Practice
22:24 - The Dragon, The Slayer and The Tamer
33:17 - The Dark and Light of the Archetypes
37:04 - Parkour and the Parched Kingdom
[2 Heroic Conflicts]
[The Self Worth Esteeming]
The Heroic Quest: EMP Podcast 33
Have you ever sat down by a campfire and listened with rapt attention to a well-told tale? Before we had books, video games and movies this was our most important form of entertainment.
Stories are more than just a means of entertainment though, they are an ancient and integral part of the human experience.
44,000 years ago, early humans were etching figures of heroic hunters and mighty beasts onto cave walls in Indonesia.
In 1800 BC the epic of Gilgamesh was being scribed onto clay tablets in ancient Mesopotamia. More recently the Harry Potter series has sold over 500 million copies worldwide and last year total box office revenue in North America amounted to $11.89 billion.
It’s not hard to understand why the power of storytelling is held so close to our hearts.
Stories make sense of the world. They allow us to see life through the eyes of another. They guide us to insight, deepen our understanding, and increase our chances of survival in a dangerous and hostile universe.
Of all the tales told around the globe, the most familiar archetypal story is the heroic journey; a characters epic quest to confront the chaotic darkness of the world and restore order and security to their people.
In today’s episode of the EMP Podcast, you will join Rafe by the campfire at this summers Return to the Source as he shares the stories of Saint George and the Dragon and King Martel of Odd. These stories, reflect ancient themes of heroism, but what do they signify to you? Let me know if these stories spoke to you and if so how do you feel they might give insight in to movement practice?
Tell us in the comments below!
00:00 - Intro
01:00 - Announcements
02:49 - Saint George and the Dragon
10:09 - The King of Odd
17:00 - Outro
The Why, What and How of Evolve Move Play: EMP Podcast 32
What does movement mean to you? Is it just a fun pastime? Maybe you use it as a tool to reach certain health markers or become more attractive? Is it a grueling obligation or some form of punishment you put yourself through to make up for unhealthy life choices? Whatever it may be, chances are you’ve been conditioned to view movement in some light that doesn’t capture the ways it can truly serve you, your community and your environment as a whole.
At Evolve Move Play we’ve taken on the sizeable task of reawakening people to the power and purpose of a dedicated human movement practice. We’ve found that movement is not only a source of physical nourishment, but mental, social, and emotional nourishment as well. Through trial and error, extensive studies, experimenting and testing our theories, we’ve been able to build a sound framework around what we practice, how we practice, and most importantly, WHY we practice.
In this piece, and the accompanying video, we’re going to give you a look at those three elements and the way we conceptualize the key components of our practice.
Moving Beyond Mindfulness with Mark Walsh: EMP Podcast 31
Greetings everybody and welcome back to the Evolve Move Play Podcast! We’ve taken a bit of time off to focus on running retreats and releasing our Natural Parkour Online Course. It will be a few weeks before we are ready to get the podcast running again full steam but we decided to offer this special episode the celebrate the release of our friend Mark Walsh's book Embodiment.
Find that book here https://www.amazon.com/Embodiment-Moving-mindfulness-Mark-Walsh/dp/1916249221
For our 31st episode we have the one and only Mark Walsh of Embodied Yoga Principles joining us to talk about his new book “Embodiment: Moving Beyond Mindfulness”. This is his third time visiting us on the podcast, and if you didn’t catch his last two appearances, I highly recommend that you go listen to those first to get a real solid idea of just what embodiment is and why it is so important for those of us working towards our most heroic selves.
This episode we will talk at length about how to conceptualize our practices and how to layer in elements of EYP to take our self development to the next level. We also talk about the dark side of peak experiences and address the problem of habitual state seeking in ourselves and our students.
So give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below!
00:00 - Intro
00:58 - Recap & Marks Book
06:58 - Fitting the Pieces Together
13:08 - Optimizing Your Practice
18:53 - Putting EYP to Work
32:50 - Sacrifice
39:34 - The Shadow Side of Peak Experience
47:43 - Getting Free From State Seeking
53:06 - Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Ukranian Wife Deathmatches
Thanks everyone, and happy moving!
-The EMP Team
Customer ReviewsSee All
Depth and Human connection
As a 20+ year yoga practitioner, I’ve enjoyed several of these podcasts (FM’s Jozef is gold!). Great ideas and new ways for me to view what I do.
I feel that you are really hitting a good stride! Thank you!
Movement +1 philosophy
Rafe is such wealth of knowledge and demonstrates a scientific approach to movement practice. There’s always a stimulating conversation going in using movement as a conversational tool to discover a deeper connection to one’s self.
EMP hosts some incredible guests in a +1 style interview and brings up some incredible stories. I recommend checking out the episode where Amos shares a hilarious personal story being chased by a Navy Seal. Stick around till the end for a surprising twist.
The Best Minds in Movement
I have been glued to these conversations since episode #1, and they just keep getting better! Movement is so much more than just exercise, and by absorbing the material offered by Rafe and his guests I am continuously driven to expand my awareness and capabilities through my own movement practice. We need more heroic humans, so listen close and take lots of notes.