Anyone on here follow Esther Gokhale's instructions for what she calls “glide-walking”?
I have Esther Gokhale's book about improved ways of standing, sitting, lying down, walking, etc. and love it. It really has changed my life. However, one section of the book that I have struggled with implementing into my daily life is what she calls “glide-walking”.
Essentially its walking while keeping your butt out back a bit more than you may be used to, leaning a bit forward, and keeping your heel down and connected to the ground for more of your total stride than you may be used to.
I was wondering if anyone here had tips for walking the way she describes.
PS: after watching the movie Ten Canoes I was again convinced that much of what she teaches is indeed inline with what you see HGs doing. The dudes in Ten Canoes seem to be moving very much in the manner that she teaches.
You and me, both, Ben.
Backstory: I started getting plantar fasciitis several years ago and, at my doctor's suggestion got some good (read: expensive) rigid shoes which helped a lot. It started coming back after ten months so I bought another pair of shoes but started looking at alternatives. I found out that some people strengthened their feet by going barefoot or wearing minimalist shoes (instead of encasing their feet in rigid shoes) to heal the problem instead of treating the symptoms. I also weighed about 120 pounds more back then.
Fast-forward, lighter and living a more paleo lifestyle, I wear VFFs on the weekends and Vivo Barefoot Aquas during the week. I found that I was forced to change the way I walk to avoid heel pain! I saw Esther's Google Talk video, bought her book and started practicing everything.
All the other techniques fell into place fairly easily - though I'm still working on making some of them habitual. The one that gives me the most trouble is glidewalking! The others are static and the book's illustrations convey it pretty well but I think glidewalking is too dynamic to be captured there and she hasn't (as of yet) posted any videos for that.
I have been playing with the concepts though. The biggest "ah-ha!" came from shifting my mindset from throwing one foot forward and falling toward it (pull-walking - my term, not hers) to pushing forward with my trailing foot (push-walking - again, my term). It makes me walk more upright and it feels better. I don't hunch my shoulders or bend my neck forward while push-walking.
Hi...Great book although I haven't read it all yet(Was reading lights out ,sleep,sugar,survival first.Another really good book if not a bit scary.)I found Ester Gokhales book after having sciatica troubles at the start of the year....going to Chiropractor for temporary relief....but not really getting better.Her book helped me identify my bad posture that no one else had talked to me about,and i also noticed i was walking by dragging myself along with my quads instead of propelling myself with my glutes....geez....makes all the difference in the world. Between Ester Gokhale(posture)Robb Wolf (Paleo solution Nutrition)Kelly Starrett(joint mobility)and Nora Gedgaudas(primal body primal mind) I now have an understanding of how my body works/functions and after 3-4 months at 39 feel better than I did when I was 20.Why don't they teach up this stuff in School?????Although with the posture and the walking still have to correct myself many times during the day,but unconscious competence cant be that far away....can it? :)
So I haven't read her book or anything, but I was inspired to fix my stride a few years back after watching a series of youtube videos and reading some blog posts on posture, and connecting my tucked-pelvis slouch with my frequent hip pain.
I don't know if I'm now doing a proper "glide-walk", though the way you describe it is certainly how I feel... But what works for me if I find myself slipping into old habits- I imagine that I'm about to break into a sprint or try to jump over something. I don't actually start sprinting, but setting myself in that stance gets me leaning forward and un-tucks my butt, and my hips and back are suddenly way happier. It also makes me feel like I'm hunting something, Mark Sisson style. =D
I learned a Tai Chi Chuan walking method like this called "Fox on Ice." I'm not very good at it yet, but it helps when I'm wearing my Vibram FF's, and my instructor at the time noted that my choice to wear Injinji socks made it easier for him to evaluate my form.
Anyway. So what I was taught to do involves keeping your weight back. Like a fox on ice; you don't want to put your weight onto your front foot until you're sure you're on stable ground. So you put one foot forward with your weight still on your rear foot (sort of on the ball of your foot), then slowly transition your weight from your rear heel to your front heel, then to your front ball. Then open your hip; the opening of your hip brings your rear foot forward. Then you put your weight on the ball of your now rear foot. Repeat.
I'm sure there's more to it than that. It took me months to start to almost do it right (with close instruction), and I'm still not very good at it, but I try to use it when I'm not in a hurry to go anywhere.
i just listened in to her teleseminar on glidewalking and still don't know how to do it!!! i do wish she had a free video of it as her dvd is rather pricey, as are her classes. i think i need someone walking along side of me and reading me the directions!
I know it's a while after the original question and you must have figured it out somehow already. Still, hope it helps others with the same problem.
I also had difficulty with this. What solved it for me was combining having an anteverted pelvis with walking on a line. You get used to it very fast. You can put your hands behind (as suggested in the book) to feel the glutes muscles contract.