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The results of practicing the ELDOA Method are a sense of ease in your body, especially in your back, improved posture, and an overall sense of well-being. This practice promotes independence. You will learn how to relieve, heal and strengthen your own spine!

A French Osteopath named Guy Voyer created ELDOA to eradicate back pain. Using the body’s fascial chains and the principle of tensegrity, the postures of ELDOA set up specific lines of traction to open up spaces in our spinal column as well as shoulders, hips, and ribs. Marla blends this powerful practice with yogic breathing and gentle stretches.

Many of Marla’s Eldora students feel relief from pain after other approaches have failed them. They leave class feeling relaxed, empowered, and taller. They understand her clear instructions with images that help them to remember the movements. Students sleep better, move more easily, and improve their posture!

The full hour dedicated to ELDOA postures and stretching enhances the many possible benefits including:

Normalize Disc Bulges
Reduced Degrees of Scoliosis
Increased Flexibility
Improved Muscle Performance and Tone
Normalization of Visceral Function
Reduced Stress
Injury Recovery and Prevention
Reduced Joint Inflammation and Arthrosis
Delayed Disc Degeneration
Increased Disc Hydration
Increased Blood Flow
Improved Posture
Relief of Chronic and Acute Back Pain
Relief of Neck and Shoulder Tension
Improved Awareness and Overall Wellbeing
Improved Recovery Time for Sports and Training
Reduced Forward Head Posture



Marla Waal

Marla was a professional dancer, trained in classical ballet among other styles. Based out of Montreal, then later Chicago, she travelled the globe performing and teaching. In 1998 she began to study various styles of yoga, from extremely gentle restorative, to more vigorous Ashtanga. Marla then studied Pilates with Diane Miller, Dynamic Anatomy with Eric Franklin, ELDOA Method created by Guy Voyer and more recently Buteyko Breathing created by Russian Doctor Konstantin Buteyko.

Marla is passionate about helping people feel more free and strong in their bodies by educating and directing them to learn through practice, and by sharing tools that promote independence. She lives in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada with her two children.  

What Marla’s students are saying:

“Marla has an incredible understanding of the body as well as the generosity and intelligence to communicate her knowledge in a way that can be shared with others.”

-Lesley Telford

“Marla is a great instructor and an amazing, kind person. I attend both her yoga and Eldoa classes. I particularly like the unique stretches and posture focus Marla has for my computer neck!”

-Jeff Appelbe

“As a chiropractor, with a broken lumbar vertebra, I’m very picky about who I let treat my body or provide me with exercises. When I heard about Marla’s ELDOA in Vancouver, I had to check it out. Apparently, Tiger Woods has used this technique to help him with his spine, so it had to be valuable, right? Right. Marla is very professional, knows her functional anatomy, and is an excellent teacher. Even with my 20 years in practice, she taught this old dog some new tricks! I have already recommended a few clients to her classes, and they are getting a lot of benefits too. Great complement to chiropractic care.”

-Christian Guenette

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