Having arrived on the planet without a user’s manual for our bodies, we depend on our culture to help us develop healthy movement and posture habits. In modern times, however, this cultural support has been eroded. Join “posture guru” Esther Gokhale, LAc, for a weekend exploration of how your posture affects your whole life—and what you can do to restore and heal it.
Use posture as a springboard to examine the connection between physical well-being and emotional empowerment. With Esther’s guidance, you’ll observe the obvious aspects of strength and self-confidence like balance and poise, and dig into the less obvious aspects, like relaxation, openness, and adaptability.
During this workshop, you will study:
- How to improve your particular posture
- How common posture cues like “chin up, chest out” and “sit up straight” undermine rather than support your body’s structural integrity
- How to restore a natural, healthy, and confident body and mind.
This workshop is suitable for all people willing to invest intellectual and physical effort toward improving their way of being in the world!
Esther Gokhale, LAc
Posture and back-pain expert, creator of the Gokhale Method®
Esther Gokhale is a renowned expert on posture and back pain. Her award-winning book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, has sold over 150,000 copies and been translated into 10 languages.
Esther has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. An 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 worldwide led her to develop the Gokhale Method, a unique, systematic approach to help people restore natural posture. The Gokhale Method continues to grow as qualified teachers now teach Esther’s method worldwide.
She has been a speaker and teacher at corporations like Google and IDEO, and conferences including TEDx (Stanford) and Ancestral Health Symposium. Her method has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times, where she was dubbed “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley.” She continues to speak with physician groups including those at Stanford, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and UC San Francisco, and has consulted for the trainers of the San Francisco 49ers and several Stanford sports teams. She currently teaches from her Palo Alto, California, wellness center, where she has been teaching people how to live pain-free for 25 years.View Bio Page
Posture isn’t just about standing up straight. Feel better in your whole body and mind.
So many in our modern society are suffering from the negative effects of poor posture—learn what you can do about it.
Whether you are a regular “mover” or just someone who wants to boost your overall health, you’ll receive expert guidance to restore wellness based on healthy posture.
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What to Wear
Loose, comfortable clothing
About 1440 Multiversity
Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life’s most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.
You’ll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you’ve pretty much captured what you’ll experience here.
At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.
Per-person per-night rates include:
- nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
- daily meditation and yoga classes
- non-ticketed evening events
- use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.
Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.