Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, as well as leading explorations in contemplative, mystic, relational realms.
Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research he has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behavior.
Steve’s background in somatic practices began with dedicated martial arts and physical training from the age of 5. A member of the Scottish Fencing team in his teens, as an elite athlete he engaged in high-level competition and peak athletic performance strategies. He went on to study and graduate under yoga master Godfrey Devereux, and continues to deepen his education in yoga, qigong, and physical performance.
Steve is the creator of The Movement Koan Method ® DVD – a 72 minute video presentation of his movement method, synthesizing 25 years of experience in the movement arts to blend joint-nourishing movement with body-based mindfulness. Incorporating cutting edge neuroplasticity techniques in a straight-forward, accessible approach. His newest DVD, The Movement Koan Method ® Part 2 has been released in August of 2018.
Contemplative and Spiritual Disciplines
Through a chance encounter at a writing group, after winning a young writer’s award for his first novel at 14, Steve met and was later apprenticed to a Christian mystic from the
Celtic tradition of Christianity, resulting in multiple years of close personal instruction in various forms of prayer, contemplation, writing, textual study, and service.
Steve continued his contemplative studies with a long-time meditation practice, many extended silent retreats, and consistent study into theology, philosophy, and world mysticism. Steve currently studies with meditation teacher Shinzen Young.
Steve’s work in the arts as a session guitarist and musical director included international touring with multiple #1 best-selling pop artists and extensive film, TV, and studio recording work.
Steve’s in-field, practical research approach has seen him explore the limits of physical and psychological performance in extreme outdoor survival training and expeditions. Including advanced survival courses in Europe (notably a seven-day, no food, minimal equipment advanced winter survival scenario). Most recently an 11-day arctic survival expedition in the boreal forests of Sweden at daytime temperatures of -24°C, using the cold-weather survival strategies utilized by the British and Swedish military and the Sami people including arctic shelter techniques (no tents), winter navigation, and extreme cold weather techniques.