Yoga & Beyond #14: Katy Bowman – Move Your DNA Google+



Podcast #14 Katy Bowman–Move Your DNA Interview

KatyBowmanMYDNAKaty Bowman is a Biomechanist, Author, Teacher and Director of the Restorative Exercise Institute.  Move Your DNA is her latest book which highlights the fact that our modern society is in the middle of a movement crisis. We don’t move enough and our bodies are suffering because of it. This doesn’t mean that we need to exercise more. This is about more natural movement throughout the day.

Katy offers guidelines on how to move, sit, stand and rest to make every moment of your life count on the cellular level. This book will help you rethink how you move or don’t move throughout the day and offer practical suggestions for you to make positive changes in your life.

Conversation Highlights:

  • How Katy gets technical info across without being tied to jargon, without leaving everyone behind
  • How movement affects our DNA and why movement is not exercise
  • How our movement “diet” is deficient and how we are most likely consuming the movement equivalent of Snickers instead of a kale salad
  • What diseases of mechanotransduction are – the things most of us will get when we hit a certain age even if you exercise
  • What load profiles are and how there are some that we cannot live without (just like essential vitamins)
  • What 24 hours look like in the new paradigm of the natural movement lifestyle
  • Radical things you can do that have nothing to do with exercise but have everything to do with loads that you were placing on your body
  • The importance of gradual progression when it comes to things like upper body strength. ie if you sit at a desk for 8 hours a day and then decide you want build upper body strength, you need to ease into it
  • How natural movement isn’t always about movement – sometimes it’s about release
  • Forest bathing! shin-rin yoku
  • Time capsules!
  • Did you know that trees are shaped by the wind? And what that has to do with us.
  • How biomechanics is the cellular phenomenon of how we adapt to load, not levers and sports
  • Her next book project!


Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement

Katy’s Website:

The Eye Muscle Blog Post she mentions in the podcast

Body Teaser:

[The body teasers play off of the concept of brain teasers. The goal is to get us thinking about how we move and ultimately to improve how we move.] This body teaser is an eye teaser. Practice looking out at long distances. Or go do some forest bathing! Shin-rin yoku rules!

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