I started the Gokhale method diligently in March of 2011. The hardest part for me has been the rib anchor. It's also the thing that seems to be the main reason I have gotten rid of my back pain and leg problems. Finally, late last year I felt like I had finally "gotten it". But the last few weeks, I feel like I've lost it. It's very frustrating. Obviously I am doing something wrong, perhaps contracting the wrong muscles in addition to the right ones, but it is very difficult for me to maintain it without muscular tension and discomfort (mainly in the mid back). I can see by looking in the mirror that I've got it right looks-wise, but it's such a struggle to maintain it all the time, and it still hasn't become automatic after so long. Sometimes it feels effortless like I've got it perfectly, and other times it seems difficult to even engage it. Can anyone offer any suggestions that helped them?