Esther Gokhale

Esther Gokhale, C.A.

Esther Gokhale (Go-clay) has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. As a young girl growing up in India, she helped her mother, a nurse, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted. This early interest in healing led her to study biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine.

After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Gokhale began her lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in Brazil, India, Portugal and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale Method®, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living.

Gokhale practiced acupuncture and taught posture, dance, and yoga in her Palo Alto wellness center for over twenty years. Esther's Gokhale Method continues to grow as qualified Gokhale Method teachers now teach her method worldwide.

Gokhale's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into eight languages. In 2010, Gokhale hosted the nationally televised program Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution (available on DVD).

Gokhale has been a speaker/teacher at corporations such as Google, IDEO, Mimosa Systems, and Varian Medical Systems and conferences including TEDx(Stanford), Ancestral Health Symposium, Western Price Foundation Conference, and PrimalCon.  She also speaks with medical physician groups including Stanford, PAMF, UCSF and sports teams such as the trainers of the SF 49ers and several Stanford teams. Her method has been featured in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Sun, Chicago-Sun Times, Prevention Magazine, and AAOS. In May 2013, The New York Times featured Esther in an article giving her the title, “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley”.

Esther Gokhale lives on Stanford University campus where she raised three children with her husband Brian White, chairman of the Math Department.

1977-8 Freshman at Harvard University,
1978-present Yoga teacher
1982 AB Princeton University, biochemistry major
1985 Graduate of SF College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
1985-present – licensed acupuncturist in private practice in Palo Alto
1989-present – Gokhale Method posture instructor
1997-8 – Research Associate, Dept. of Anesthesia, Stanford University
2000-present – dance instructor
2008 author of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back
2008 – Created the Stretchsit® cushion
2011 – Created the Gokhale Pain-Free Chair
2011 host of Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution, public television program

Certification in acupressure, Reiki, Zero Balancing, yoga and Aplomb.

Coursework and study of Pilates, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Tui Na and numerous complementary medicine techniques.

1978 Dean’s honor list at Harvard University
2009 Nautilus Gold Award for best Pilates/Tia Chi/Yoga/bodywork book
2009 Foreword Silver Award for best health book
2009 Ippy Bronze Award for best health book

Speaking/Teaching Engagements:

TEDx(Stanford) (2012)
Ancestral Health Symposium (2012, 2013, 2014)
Western Price Foundations Conference (2012, 2013, 2014)
PrimalCon (2011)
DRA (Court Reporters Conference) (2011, 2012)

Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Clinic (Grand rounds); Stanford Medical School (orientation week lecture in alternative medicine,and posture course), Internal Medicine, PAMF (multiple talks); Family Practice, PAMF (multiple talks); Pediatrics, PAMF; Physical Medicine, PMAF (multiple talks); Family Practice, UCSF

Google (authors@google presentation) (link to presentation), IDEO, Mimosa Systems, Varian Medical Systems, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) “Walk the Talk” and “Sitting: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (link to presentations)

Senior Centers:
Hyatt Classic Residence in Palo Alto (Keynote speaker, National Senior Health and Fitness Day), Ladera,  Avenidas, Palo Alto Commons, Channing House 

Numerous schools, colleges, Governmental agencies, sports teams, libraries and other public venues.

Retreat Centers:
Esalen Institute, Big Sur (annually since 2011)
Healthy Living Retreat, Stanford Sierra Camp (2014)

Media Coverage:
SF Chronicle
Prevention Magazine
Costco Connection
Toronto Sun
Chicago-Sun Times
New York Times (1 hr interview with Joseph Mercola)