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Esther Gokhale

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  • Charles R. Bacon,  Senior Research Geologist, USGS, Menlo Park, CA
    I also used to contract headaches that clearly were related to poor posture, particularly staring at a computer screen. The training I received from Esther has greatly reduced the frequency of my headaches.Read more
  • Deirdre Stegman, M.D., Internal Medicine, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, CA
    My 84-year-old mother-in-law who has severe osteoporosis with multiple vertebral fractures and even sternal fracture was already sitting and standing straighter after one visit to Esther. I wholeheartedly endorse Esther Gokhale’s program.Read more
  • Dan Leemon, Chief Strategy Officer, Charles Schwab & Co., San Francisco, CA
    Esther’s posture work has given me relief from chronic neck pain that physical therapy was unable to address. I am now pain-free even when sitting for long periods or flying long distances.Read more
  • Salwan AbiEzzi, M.D., Palo Alto Medical Foundation, CA
    The patients I have referred to Esther have, without exception, found her work to be life changing. I have employed her concepts and techniques in my practice and have countless patients that have benefited from her work.Read more
  • Milton Lozoff, M.D.
    As a retired elderly physician, I've been impressed by her superb knowledge of her field.Read more
  • Lynda Hastie Artist
    I think Esther is a true healer, in every sense of the word. She has a calmness , an integrity a directness and a sharp intelligence.Read more
  • Norman Crawford
    The Gokhale Method, developed by Esther Gokhale, is deceptively simple. It’s physical and is straightforward and, for most, requires repetition and practice to replace old with new. I had the good fortune to meet Esther just after I began to experience nerve pain. Exercises learned in the...Read more
  • Geo BentleyFormer CEO, Advantage TechnologiesInternational Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee
    After decades as an international athlete and a Silicon Valley CEO, I developed a debilitating, ice-pick pain in my butt which woke me up every few hours at night. I am 80 years old. I was in agony until finding Esther’s book 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back and carefully studying her posture...Read more
  • Marisa McGinnis
    For the last two years I had severe sciatica pain down the backs of both of my legs to the point where I was in constant pain and could barely walk. I also had a sore neck and was using a mechanical neck traction device daily. My physicians recommended a back shot and medication, which I didn...Read more

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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's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into ten languages. In 2010, Gokhale hosted the nationally-televised program Back Pain: The Primal Posture™ Solution (available on DVD and streaming). The Gokhale Method continues to grow as dozens of qualified teachers, each personally trained by Gokhale, now teach the method worldwide.

Gokhale has taught at corporations such as Google, IDEO, and Facebook, presented at conferences including TEDx(Stanford) and Ancestral Health Symposium, consulted for the trainers of the SF 49ers and several Stanford sports teams, and conducted workshops for physician groups at Stanford, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, PAMF, and UCSF. The New York Times gave Esther the title “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley” in 2013.


1978 Dean’s honor list at Harvard University
2008 Foreword Silver Award for best health book
2009 Nautilus Gold Award for best Pilates/Tai Qi/Yoga/bodywork book
2009 Ippy Bronze Award for best health book


Esther's Online Offerings

Online lessons are a good way of learning the Gokhale Method from your home. Esther offers online lessons through Zoom.

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Free Online Workshop - Dec 14, 2022, 1:00 PM Pacific Time Open
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Free Online Workshop - Feb 02, 2023, 12:00 PM Pacific Time Open

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