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Dentists and Neck Pain

May, 2024
Next time you are in the dentist chair, spare a thought for your dentist’s posture and the postural demands of their job. Doing dental procedures shares many challenges with other surgical procedures, such as having to maintain a steady position for long periods, maintain a clear line of vision, and hold and manipulate tools with precision. Working in the oral cavity of a conscious patient is a pretty significant challenge. Read more

Give Your Walk the Green Light!

May, 2024
The best art often communicates on many levels. The Walking Men 99™ exhibit is a great example. It consisted of a frieze of pedestrian crossing icons, photographed and assembled from around the world. At human scale, they mingled with passersby on the sidewalk.  Read more

Three Ways Your Cell Phone Can Save Your Neck

April, 2024

Yes, you read that correctly. Not only do you not need to damage your neck every time you use your cell phone, but instead, you could be improving it!

Most of us use our cell phones quite frequently. If you train yourself to adopt a healthy stance every time you use your phone, you will have a built-in posture practice that repeats throughout your day.  Read more

What’s the Best Exercise to Strengthen Your Back? Part 1: Bird Dog

April, 2024

Have you been taught cobra pose or locust pose to strengthen your back? It is a common practice to try to strengthen the back with back bends, focusing on the long back extensors on either side of the spine. This approach is used by the McKenzie Method, many yoga teachers, and physical therapists.
In the Gokhale Method® we prefer to strengthen the back by working with the muscles which collectively stabilize the trunk. Our focus is on maintaining a healthy J-spine baseline rather than backbending. Read more

Back Spasm Remedies

March, 2024
You’ve tweaked your back. It may be a stabbing pain that catches with certain movements, it may be that you cannot straighten up, or maybe it’s an electrical, nervy sensation in your buttock.   Read more

Getter Taller as You Age!

March, 2024
It is not uncommon for students to show up at our courses aware they have lost several inches of height since their youth. In our culture it is a widely held expectation that you grow up, and then, at some point in later life, start getting shorter again. We all see friends, neighbors, or family members who are on the downward run of this trajectory, and it is virtually common lore that you will “shrink” or stoop in later years. Read more

Women’s Empowerment Through Posture

February, 2024
As we approach International Women’s Day on March 8, I would like to share a few observations regarding gender and health made over the past three decades of teaching posture. Does gender affect back pain? Back pain and the posture distortions behind it are very democratic—people of all ages, activity levels, geographic locations, and gender are affected by cultural postural distortions. That said, some modern posture guidelines and expectations are gender-specific, and some of them affect women disproportionately. We will discuss posture guidelines for men another time. In this post, I’d like to address some of the messaging that is relentlessly addressed towards women and girls, and the consequences of this messaging. Read more

Posture Tourism for Back Pain Sufferers: A Destination Gokhale Foundations Course

February, 2024
Travel is part of our Gokhale Method® DNA—the method arose and developed through study of foreign cultures (including ancestral cultures), and remains informed by images, videos, statistics, and other data from pain-free and remarkably functional human beings. I have learned firsthand what healthy human posture looks like alongside the Sami reindeer herders in Scandinavia, tribal people in Odisha, India, villagers in Burkina Faso, and people with African roots in Brazil. When I travel-teach, I make it a point to visit the local museums and also check for local cultural events, ethnic restaurants, and areas that might bring to life the kind of insights and body wisdom the Gokhale Method is based on. Read more

How to Fix a Tight Psoas

January, 2024
When students first meet with a Gokhale Method® teacher they are sometimes surprised to learn that one of the reasons for their back pain is a tight psoas muscle. What does this little-known muscle, embedded deep within our bodies, have to do with back pain? And what do we need to do to have it recede in the background and leave our backs alone? Read more

Make 2024 Your Year to Say Goodbye to Back Pain

January, 2024
It’s early January. New Year’s resolutions are swinging into action, and many of them involve improving our health. With the impetus of a fresh start we throw ourselves into ditching poor habits and cultivating better ones. It’s no surprise that January sees the highest gym sign-ups and enrollments for dietary regimens! Other resolutions include getting more sleep, meditating, or learning a new skill—self-care for the mind as well as the body. Read more

Upcoming Workshops

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Sunday, May 26, 2024
11:00am

Europe/London

Open spots: Open
Language: English
Teacher: Clare Chapman

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Monday, May 27, 2024
5:00pm

Pacific Time

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Language: English
Teacher: Esther Gokhale

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Wednesday, June 05, 2024
8:00pm

Asia/Jerusalem

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Language: Hebrew
Teacher: Michal Tal

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Sunday, June 09, 2024
10:00am

Australia/Sydney

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Language: English
Teacher: Tegan Kahn

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
7:00pm

Europe/Paris

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Language: French
Teacher: Michal Tal

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Friday, June 14, 2024
12:00pm

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Language: English
Teacher: Esther Gokhale

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
8:00pm

Europe/Berlin

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Language: English
Teacher: Julie Johnson

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Thursday, June 27, 2024
4:00pm

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Teacher: Esther Gokhale

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Thursday, June 27, 2024
8:00pm

Europe/Ljubljana

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Language: Slovenian
Teacher: Sabina Blumauer

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Tuesday, July 02, 2024
7:30pm

Europe/Berlin

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Language: German
Teacher: Julie Johnson

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Wednesday, July 31, 2024
7:00pm

Europe/Ljubljana

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Language: Slovenian
Teacher: Sabina Blumauer

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Thursday, August 08, 2024
7:30pm

Europe/Berlin

Open spots: Open
Language: German
Teacher: Julie Johnson

Move like you are meant to

Date and time: Thursday, September 05, 2024
7:30pm

Europe/Berlin

Open spots: Open
Language: German
Teacher: Julie Johnson