Reading Without Pain

December, 2017

The weather is colder (even here in California) and most of us are spending more time indoors for warmth and entertainment. I especially like to spend time reading in bed, where I can pile on the blankets and enjoy the coziness of fall and winter. If you experience pain or discomfort—especially in your neck—when you read in bed, keep the following tips in mind:

1. Any time you are sitting or lying down can be an opportunity to decompress the vertebrae in your back. To keep the right shape in the spine, build a staircase of pillows to support your lower back, mid-back and neck

Using a combination of thick and thin pillows makes it easy to build a comfortable slope or staircase.

Lying down with just your head and neck on a plump pillow pushes your head forward relative to your torso. This... Read more

Holiday Poem

December, 2017

Written by Lori Szalay, Gokhale Method Teacher


Here’s a little story I’d like to tell,

Some of you may know it well…..


Twas the day of the Foundations Course and all through the room,

Backs, necks, shoulders and much more were aching and there was a feeling of doom.

The stretchsit cushions were attached on the chairs with care,

A Posture Poised Teacher was there with knowledge to share.


The students knew they would learn to stretchlie to be comfortable in their beds,

As visions of a pain-free life continued to dance in their heads!

With compressed spines, slouchy shoulders and many with rounded backs,

Each had their own concern yet all eager to learn the posture modification facts.


When they lengthened their spines and used the stretchsit cushion for traction,

They sighed with... Read more

Announcing PostureSensei™, the New Gokhale Method Wearable!

November, 2017

Our new and exciting PostureSensei wearable is available for use! Our participating teachers use this technology to help you:

  1. Store baselines of the shape of your spine in sitting, standing, and bending

  2. Understand the connection between your movements and changes in the shape of your spine

  3. Establish a target shape for you to aim for in training your posture

  4. Discover techniques, exercises, and activities to help you improve your target shape

  5. Track your changes over time, using graphics and quantitative measurements of the curves in your lower back

Our test students love PostureSensei and... Read more

Deb's Posture Story

November, 2017

This story of a personal journey in correcting posture was kindly contributed by Gokhale Method student Debra Claire, of Madison, Wisconsin.



I’m grateful to be telling my Gokhale story, for the significant improvement I’ve gained. I developed postural problems early in life as the result of a visual loss at age 16. The loss came on gradually and led to a diagnosis that met the legal blindness criteria. To see, I’ve had to hold things close and often end up hunching over to make out what I’m working on, whether it’s chopping on a butcher block, writing at my desk, or working on my tablet.

An example of how hunched I used to be when working at counter level 

Looking back at wedding photos, I see even... Read more

Get Winter-Ready with Improved Circulation

November, 2017

As winter approaches and the weather cools, we all have one thing on our minds: staying warm! One major benefit of learning the Gokhale Method (and good posture in general) is improved circulation. We’ve often heard from students about their warmer hands and feet, and we’ve even heard from people who have significantly reduced their heating bill now that their extremities aren’t always freezing! When you align your body well, your blood flows unimpeded throughout the body, passing nutrients to cells and maintaining homeostatic processes, like regulating temperature, glucose, and sodium levels. Imbalances in this process can lead to illness and prevent healing.

Here are three simple ways to immediately improve your circulation:

1. The shoulder roll

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Healthy Posture in the Office

October, 2017

I used to focus on growing the posture movement by teaching individuals—one back at a time. But over the years, after teaching couples, parents and children, and entire offices the Gokhale Method, I've noticed that the results are deeper and better retained with family or work groups.

 Having communal areas and activities allows posture traditions to be reflected and passed down.

One particular example of teaching an entire office comes to mind. A law office in Tucson, Arizona, arranged for employees and family members to take the Gokhale Method Foundations Course, and there was a significant synergistic effect in their results. Many years after completing the course, they still remind each other to... Read more