Katherine Davis-Gibbon's journey with the body-mind began 33 years ago, when she studied Dance and Asian Studies at Scripps College. A notable student, she was nominated by faculty to a fellowship at The Humanities Institute and twice honored with the Lucille Morrison Dance Award.
In 1994, Katherine embarked upon a rigorous, yearlong apprenticeship at Performing Arts Physical Therapy/The Pilates Studio, where she was certified by Joseph Pilates' protege-turned-heir, master teacher Romana Kryzanowska. In the Los Angeles area, she taught at Performing Arts Physical Therapy and Zoe: A Pilates Studio.
In 1996, Katherine relocated to The Bay Area, where she opened her own studio. While continuing to teach rehabilitative pilates, she pursued a career in dance: performing with Strong Current Dance Company and Rebecca Salzer Dance Theater; showcasing her own choreography throughout the Bay Area; teaching modern dance technique; and ultimately founding and producing the East Bay Dance Festival.
In 2004, Katherine took a step back from dance in order to delve more deeply into the study and teaching of yoga. She joined the faculty of Piedmont Yoga Studio in 2005, immediately after completing their 750-hour Advanced Studies Program, under the direction of Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Clare Finn, and Maritza. In 2009, she completed Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, where she worked with Phillip Moffitt, Stephen Cope, Tias Little, Jill Satterfield, Sarah Powers, and Judith Lasater, among many others. Finally, in 2010, she completed a four-year program in Traditional Yoga Studies under the direct tutelage of the late Georg Feuerstein, PhD.
Katherine's practice took a different form after the birth of her first child in 2011. Though she stopped teaching yogasana in 2012, her dedicated practice of Vipassana meditation and pursuit of svadhyaya (self-study) intensified during the decade she devoted to the hands-on care of her two beautiful daughters. Though she studied conscientiously and sat many long meditation retreats prior to becoming a mother, Katherine found parenting to be her most intensive training of all--providing endless opportunities to practice mindfulness, compassion, wise speech, and equanimity in the fertile ground of intimate relationship and moment-to-moment life.
In 2021, the various threads of Katherine's life as a student, teacher, artist, yogini, meditator, and parent intertwined when she became an author, and the proud founder of Riverlet Press: a children's book publishing company dedicated to illuminating and exploring the child's inner life.
The softcover version of My Old Friend, Then is available now at Bookshop!
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