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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... 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... 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... 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... read more
  • Milton Lozoff, M.D.
    As a retired elderly physician, I've been impressed by her superb knowledge of her field.
  • 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.
  • 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... 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,... 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... 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 200,000 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


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