Hi there, I'm Chandler Stevens.
If there's one thing I know, it's that your ability to move--and be moved--is your ability to engage with the world around you.
See, you experience everything in your life through your body. If you can't move well, if you struggle with pain, or if you're closed off to others, it ripples throughout your life.
What I've found over the years is that a practice of movement and awareness can unlock new possibilities and allow you to truly thrive.
You can choose to become the best version of yourself.
You can make the choices you need to expand your mobility, rebalance your nervous system, and create a more meaningful life.
I'll make a bold claim: your movement practice is how you're going to make a real difference in the world. After all it’s how you connect to yourself, the people in your life, and the world around you. Without it you're missing a major part of the human experience.
In my work I blend practical applications of physiology, psychology, and ecology to help my students change their lives and grow into their best selves.
I'm a frequent contributor and "best of" writer for industry leaders like Breaking Muscle and Functional Movement, and I've consulted with dozens of companies--ranging from health education, to NFL teams, to forensic psychology--to help them develop more integrated training & teaching protocols.
It took me awhile to get to this point.
In my early 20's I was spinning my wheels trying to overcome repeat injuries and nagging pain. I had fallen in love with barefoot running, yoga, and Brazilian jiu jitsu, but my issues kept me from fully diving in. It made me more and more frustrated with myself because I felt like I wasn't living up to my potential. It sapped my confidence and strained my relationships.
I felt stuck.
I wasn't making any progress with conventional approaches, so I went back to the drawing board and explored every possible avenue to find a new solution. Along the way:
- I worked with experts in natural movement and somatic education to work through with my physical limitations.
- I studied psychology and the nervous system to help me find more balance.
- I went through therapy and years of coaching to find more freedom and more meaning.
After many years and tens of thousands of dollars, something was still missing.
I had done a ton of work healing physical and emotional hurts, but I was left with a nagging feeling of disconnect. There was so much value in each of these pursuits, but nobody was building bridges between them. Each was its own little island with no cross-pollination of ideas.
What I Came To Realize Was...
We humans are amazingly complex.
We're self-aware animals, and we live in a completely unnatural environment of our own making. Too many of us struggle with symptoms of this strange context:
- We can't move well, and we grow more and more frustrated with our bodies.
- We lose touch with the natural world, and we wonder why we're depressed and anxious.
- Our relationships are strained, and we feel alone even with other people.
- We do unfulfilling work and keep our real passions on hold.
- We disconnect from our bodies and emotions, and life feels like it's running on autopilot.
Ecosomatics can help you overcome these challenges.
It's a unique approach to self-development that revolves around movement and awareness.
Through natural movement lessons, body awareness exercises, and guided self-inquiry, you can expand what you're capable of throughout your life. We work with the understanding that your mind, body, and environment are fundamentally connected.
Zooming out to examine the big picture context is the only way to make lasting changes and truly become your best self:
- You have to take care of "the body stuff" like mobility, strength, and coordination.
- And also keep in mind you have a nervous system, emotions, and a mind working behind the scenes.
- Your environment plays a big role in how you act, how you move, and how you feel.
- And the way you connect and relate in your relationships affects your body too.
When I started connecting the dots between these aspects of my own experience, things began to click into place.
I found more ease in my own movement, more joy in my practice, and more meaning in my life. I felt more comfortable in my body (and as myself) than ever before, and I was free to explore the world around me and express myself in new ways.
These days it feels like I’m buzzing on connection: to myself, the world around me, and to the people in my life. I've reclaimed a feeling of spontaneity and wholeness, and it was all through this approach I've come to call Ecosomatics.
Through my writing and coaching that's exactly what I've shared with thousands of students around the world. I'd love to help you step into your potential too. You can reclaim fluid, powerful movement. You can find balance and clarity. You can carve out a life that inspires you like never before.
I'm here to guide you along the way.