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Animal Inspirations for Gait

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In the spirit of the biology principal, "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny," the Gokhale Method derives inspiration from several animal species to teach healthy walking


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Great images to work/play with - shopping is going to be fun!

What a FUN review of "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny!"  Smile  I really enjoyed Esther's visualization of the actions we practice in Lesson 6 of GMF.  The animal pictures also added a great deal to this presentation. I also see that I need some practice with the "sucking" sounds made by the lizard's suction cups!  The close-ups up Esther's feet in walking and demonstrating the various actions are very beneficial.  Thanks so much.

Norm Brekke, Gokhale Method Teacher, Minneapolis

I like this VERY much! A good supplement to what we did in Joanna's class. Very playful, helpful images. Now to put it all together and FEEL the integration....

Like I remarked in the LiveChat today, don't try to use all these animal inspirations at once. Whereas much of our course is structured to build on previous lessons, here the exercises are intended to be done one at a time. Have fun!

This video was helpful for me as I found glidewalking a little hard to understand.  All the imagery and demonstration helps me to try it and find it in my own muscles as I practice along with the video.  


The sea turtle exercise - is that external rotation suppose to happen before you place your foot on the ground? My guess is yes because otherwise there would be a grinding action or twisting of the leg once it was weight bearing.

I suggest turning that action on incrementally prior to, during, and after landing your foot. It's not that you are twisting (or grinding) the leg, but rather untwisting it from the internally rotated configuration that most people have these days.. 

Thank you, Esther. You are an inspiration. I loved the close-ups of your extremely healthy foot. And, even more, I really noticed those outer side muscles (tibialis?) along your calves. Your spirit and humor, your joy, they are always present and radiate through your movement.

Awww - thank you!

Thanks, I really enjoy this practice. When first glidewalking I remarked that I felt like a stalking cat, just ready to pounce at any moment :-)

Nice! It is a very springy walk. One of my students called it his "jaunty walk."

Hi Esther,
What a wonderful, fun video :)
Can you please elaborate on which muscles prevent the 'skating zigzag' when using the gluteus medius to externally rotate the legs in your sea turtle visualisation (about 5:30)?
Many thanks,

Hi Tegan, 

The hip adductors prevent the 'skating zigzag'.



Dear, Mrs. Esther Gokhale.


I am the student of Gohkale method, in Slovenia, my teacher is Sabina Blumauer.

She has just told me to visit and watch video about animal walking, but I couldnt see it.

I have logged into web site by using gmail account, but I still dont see this video.

Could you help me, please?

Thank you for you answer.

Best regards,

Janja Pust

Hi Janja,


Thanks for reaching out. We have sent you an email to your gmail account to fix the issue. 




The Gokhale Method Team

Thank you for Animal Video. What fun and wonderfully creative.