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Podcast #04: Katy Bowman Interview

katy-says-profile Podcast Interview #04

In this episode of Yoga & Beyond I talk to my favorite biomechanist, Katy Bowman, M.S., about her book Alignment Matters: The First Five Years of Katy Says.  This book is the organized and indexed collection of the first 5 years of her blog posts (www.KatySays.com). I think this book is fabulous a. because she makes complex information digestible; b. because it covers such a wide array of topics; and c. because she has a sense of humor. Here’s a quote from her book: “Every once in a while I will post heavily referenced scientific papers of mine and sometimes there are videos of me teaching a hip movement in a dinosaur costume. Each is a genuine representation of me and how I am in regular life.” I think this sums up her teaching style beautifully.

A little background on Katy: She is the Director of the Restorative Exercise Institute and the Aligned and Well program which you can learn more about at www.restorativeexercise.com.  She is also the creator of the Aligned and Well DVD line which showcases her restorative exercises. Alignment Matters is her second book. The first one, which I also love, is Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet.

alignmentmattersbookIn This Podcast, Here’s What We’ll Cover:

  • What Alignment is according to Katy and why it matters so much. (HINT: It’s not posture!)
  • How the body can be looked at as a machine
  • How Biotensegrity and Biomechanics work together to explain human movement
  • Movement vs. Fitness and why they are not the same thing
  • Pelvic Floor Disorder and Pelvic Health
  • Optimal Gait Patterns and why the pelvis should not twist in the gait cycle
  • Why the psoas is not a walking muscle
  • Optimal Skeletal-Muscle length – what it is and how to get it
  • The two most common musculo-skeletal mal-alignments that Katy sees in her work
  • Katy’s favorite Anatomy book
  • Katy talks about her next book called Move Your DNA and talks about the Mechanome!

Here Are The Links Katy Mentions:

Katy’s Blog: KatySays.com

Specific blog posts she mentions:

Orange Autopsy Post

There is No Ilipsoas Post

Muscle Oversimplified Post

Buy Katy’s Book Alignment Matters here: http://www.restorativeexercise.com/book-store/ or here on Amazon.com

Katy’s First Book: Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet

Katy’s favorite anatomy book: Clinical Anatomy Made Ridiculously Simple

I hope you enjoyed this podcast and if you did, I would really appreciate it if you would leave a review for me here on iTunes.

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10 Responses to Podcast #04: Katy Bowman Interview

  1. Melissa Smith March 23, 2014 at 8:27 PM #

    Thank you especially for your question about the analogy of the body as a machine. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around that term partly because I am both intrigued and turned off by Cartesian thinking which in turn led to 1950 style sputnik thinking which honored rational thinking to the exclusion of the other half of the human brain. The film ‘Mindwalk’ based on Frijof Capra’s book ‘The turning Point’ deals with these subjects.
    Katy’s work is golden once I got over my gut reaction to terminology. Of course we must organize our thinking, and as Katy has pointed out different cultures do this in quite different ways, hence our lookism ‘classification’ system.

    • admin May 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM #

      Right on Melissa! Thanks for your thoughtful post here.

  2. Maureen May 2, 2014 at 4:44 PM #

    Hi, the discussion of pelvic twisting during walking brought up a question for me. My hips move when I walk– I don’t think they “twist” but one moves foward as the other moves back and it is notificable. Is that wrong? Thanks!

    • admin May 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM #

      Hi Maureen – The hips should move with each step. As one hip extends at a time there has to be some movement at the hips. Katy explained that the pelvis as a whole shouldn’t rotate in the transverse plane. It should not twist with each step. It is hard for me to tell if the way you are walking is “wrong” from your description. There are so many factors that go into a healthy gait. You may want to have your gait evaluated by a specialist if you are experiencing any issues. Sorry I can’t be more helpful here. You could also revisit Katy’s many blog posts that address gait. Thanks for asking!

  3. todd September 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM #

    You did a wonderful job with the interview of katy well prepared, intelligent question easily beyond my knowledge and thats not giving you any credit and of course I love katy.

    • admin September 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM #

      Todd, thank you so much for sharing that with me. Your feedback means a lot and motivates me to continue with this podcast. I love Katy too! I am working on scheduling another interview with her about her new book, Move Your DNA. How does she do it???

  4. Jeff February 7, 2015 at 2:22 PM #

    Thank you so much for both of these great interviews with Katy! I found out about her through Ido Pottal’s Movement Culture, and it’s great to find a yoga based movement podcast! It would be great if you could get Ido or someone from the movement culture on as a guest. Thanks again!

    • admin February 7, 2015 at 2:33 PM #

      Thank you Jeff! I’m so glad you enjoyed the interviews with Katy! Funny you should mention Ido. I’ve received many requests for interviews with him and I’ve reached out. It’s in the works, but it may take some time because they say he’s overbooked with marketing events and interviews and such. I’ll keep trying to talk to him sooner but if you want to make your request known to them – perhaps on the movement culture facebook page or something that might help!

  5. Jeff February 7, 2015 at 4:35 PM #

    That’s great to hear! I hope he’s able to make the time for your podcast. In the meantime, I will be listening to the other interviews that you have on your podcast. Thanks for your reply!


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