There’s a growing awareness that alignment is important in the assessment and effectiveness of exercise. But good form during exercise class alone is not typically enough for our well-being. Alignment is more than the orientation of your bones and joints—it is bigger than your body parts. Join celebrated author and biomechanist Katy Bowman for an exploration of what alignment is, as well as how to apply these same principles both on and, especially, off the mat.
Mat-based movement professionals and exercisers will learn:
- More complex and functional versions of common mat-based exercises
- The variations in movement that outdoor- and nature-time facilitate
- How we can benefit from engaging in the natural movement equivalents of our mat exercises.
Katy will help you to leave feeling stronger and more capable of getting more movement in your life. In this program, she combines indoor mat work with some outdoor movement time—you’ll be introduced to what she calls “vitamin texture” via barefoot and on-earth exercise.
Together, you will expand your understanding of alignment and natural movement, increasing the complexity and effectiveness of your mat work. With this knowledge, mat-based movement teachers can begin to offer more diversity in their classes, including elements of natural movement, even in a mat-based context.
Biomechanist and movement teacher
Katy Bowman is a biomechanist, movement teacher, writer, and speaker who has educated hundreds of thousands of people about the vital role of movement in physical health and well-being. Passionate about health-enhancing movement beyond exercise, her vision is to support the reintegration of movement into everyday modern lives.
Katy volunteers her time leading courses among diverse groups of people and works with nonprofits to promote outdoor education. She directs and teaches at the Nutritious Movement Center Northwest in Washington state, and hosts the award-winning podcast Katy Says.
Katy and her work have been featured in numerous media outlets including the Today show, Prevention magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Runner’s World. She is the best-selling author of eight books, including Move Your DNA and Dynamic Aging. Katy spends as much time as possible moving in nature with her young family.View Bio Page
Take a step beyond exercise and learn to incorporate proper alignment not just during a workout, but at a work desk, walking down the street, playing with children or pets, and doing chores.
Learn why a growing number of health experts suggest alignment is critical in the effectiveness of exercise.
Build healthy movement and full-body integration into your daily life for total well-being.
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