Esther Gokhale - the woman with the perfect posture

Esther Gokhale 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. 

Esther Gokhale lives on Stanford University campus where she raised three children with her husband Brian White, a professor in the Math Department. 

Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Esther and all the other Podsongs  

Lyrics to the song that was inspired by the interview:


Some men like big girls, some like 'em small 
Some men like  short ones, others like 'em tall 

Some are into bottoms, others into breasts 
But she's got something that's by far the best 

She's so fine 

Make her mine 
It's her spine 


I'm in love with her perfect posture 

She's like a ray in a darkened night 

And you know that I want to get with her 

It's so sexy how she stands up so straight 

I'm in love with her perfect posture 
It's like she's powered by some strength inside 
That's the reason a girl was made for 
That's a back that I want to ride 

While other girls cower and other girls bow 
With rounded backs and heads bent low 
She's like a beacon         tall in the night 
A bright example of how it's done right 




I've tried to emulate but it might be too late 
I've rounded shoulders, my back isn't straight 
I know that she is out of my reach 
But I   want to learn if she's willing to teach 

The way she stands 
It's so grand 
Please command