Katy Bowman

Part biomechanist, part science communicator, and full-time mover, Katy Bowman has educated hundreds of thousands of people on the role movement plays in the body and in the world. Blending a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible, whole-life movement solutions, her website and award-winning podcast, Katy Says, reach hundreds of thousands of people every month, and thousands have taken her live classes.

Her books, the bestselling Move Your DNA, Movement Matters, Dynamic Aging, Diastasis Recti, Don’t Just Sit There, Whole Body Barefoot, Alignment Matters, and Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief, have been critically acclaimed and translated worldwide.

Passionate about human movement outside of exercise, Katy volunteers her time to support the larger reintegration of movement into human lives by providing movement courses across widely varying demographics and working with non-profits promoting nature education. She also directs and teaches at the Nutritious Movement Center Northwest in Washington state, travels the globe to teach Nutritious Movement courses in person, and spends as much time outside as possible with her husband and children.

PRESENTATION: Move Your DNA: Movement Ecology and the Difference Between Exercise and Movement

Movement isn’t only affecting your arms, legs, and abs; through a process called mechanotransduction, movement influences the behavior of your cells. Similarly, your movements don’t only affect your body, they also influence other bodies, including the body on which we all reside. This perspective is called movement ecology. Movement is an essential component to a sustainable body– both our own and that of the planet– yet most of us, even regular exercises, are still mostly sedentary. The key to increasing our personal movement lies in understanding how movement works and expanding our thoughts and actions away from exercise and towards a movement-rich life.


  • Differentiate between “active,” “sedentary,” and “actively sedentary” populations
  • Differentiate between “exercise” and “non-exercise” movement
  • Identify movement outsourcing
  • Describe mechanotransduction