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Upgrade Your Downward-Facing Dog with the Gokhale Method and SpineTracker™ | Gokhale Method Institute

Studying and teaching yoga has been part of my life for several years. However, after learning the Gokhale Method, I approached the well-known yoga posture “downward-facing dog” (Adho Mukha Svanasana) in a new way. Hip-hinging with my even spinal gro

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Improving Your Neck Placement: a New Metaphor | Gokhale Method Institute

Note the forward head and neck placement of both these High Street pedestrians. This usually results from tucking the pelvis (see the man (right)), but can also become a habit independent of pelvic position (see woman (left)). Here our Bristol teacher Cl

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Improving Your Neck Placement: a New Metaphor | Gokhale Method Institute

Note the forward head and neck placement of both these High Street pedestrians. This usually results from tucking the pelvis (see the man (right)), but can also become a habit independent of pelvic position (see woman (left)). Here our Bristol teacher Cl

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How to Sit on the Floor, Part 2: Squatting | Gokhale Method Institute

This is the second post in our multi-part series on floor sitting. For Part 1 on floor sitting, click here.Why squat? Squatting isn’t something we do much in industrialized societies beyond childhood, but if you can do it healthfully, it is an eminently

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Improving Your Neck Placement: a New Technique | Gokhale Method Institute

I’ve taught stretchlying on the side for decades. So it’s a (welcome) surprise to discover a way of arranging the neck that is both more effective in adding additional neck length and more relaxing for the neck muscles. It takes good form to be able

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"I Found I Could Defeat Sciatica:" Norm's Story | Gokhale Method Institute

Photo courtesy Norman Crawford.Norm, a hydrologic analyst and author now 82 years of age, originally hails from Alberta, Canada. When Norm was 16 years old, he accepted a summer job in Lake Louise (also known as Lake of the Little Fishes by the local Ston

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Is Belly Breathing Good for You? | Gokhale Method Institute

It’s common for students to arrive at our classes with strong notions about breathing. Among these is “Belly breathing is good breathing; chest breathing is bad breathing.” I disagree with this widespread belief and present varying amounts of pushba

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Baby Massage, Traditional Indian Style | Gokhale Method Institute

My students sometimes lead me to particularly juicy nuggets that enrich my understanding of posture-related practices in other cultures. Sometimes they simply send me a link to an article; sometimes it is an introduction to a special person. Recently, my

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How to Sit on the Floor, Part 1: Cross-legged Sitting | Gokhale Method Institute

Sitting cross-legged on the floor is common in many cultures around the world, and has become popular in some segments of modern Western societies. This Druze woman who I met in Israel has sat cross-legged all her life. She runs a hospitality business �

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Making Flat Feet Into Arched Feet

Growing up as Esther’s third child, I was lucky to have been brought up with my posture (almost entirely) intact. The weak spot was my feet. Despite Esther’s encouragement (and sometimes nagging) to wear healthy shoes and sandals, I was pulled by the

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The 4 Best Moves for Stronger Abs

Most people miss the mark when it comes to training their abdominals. They either do countless sit-ups and crunches, putting their lower backs at risk of injury, or they ignore core training altogether because they think compound exercises like squats and