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Vinyasa-style yoga beautifully builds internal heat from within, while its postures work the whole body, including the spine. It’s not the gymnastic approach of Ashtanga yoga nor the restful style of restorative yoga. Vinyasa flow achieves the ‘sweet spot’ with its moving balance of effort and ease.

Marla weaves in highly effective ELDOA™ postures throughout this unique practice to enhance the movement of specific joint regions along your spine. The subtle approach of this class incorporates options for absolute beginners and seasoned ‘power yogis.’ French Osteopath Guy Voyer, DO, created the ELDOA™ technique to eradicate back pain.

Combining ELDOA™ with Vinyasa flow yoga creates a healing modality that will rejuvenate you… mind, body, spirit, and SPINE!



Marla Waal

Marla has devoted her life to using movement to heal and train the body. She 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.  

 As a professional dancer, Marla trained in classical ballet, among other styles. Based out of Montreal, then later Chicago, she traveled the globe performing and teaching.

 In 1998 she began to study various styles of yoga. First, she trained in extremely gentle restorative yoga. Then went on to study the more vigorous Ashtanga yoga. Marla later studied Pilates with Diane Miller and Dynamic Anatomy with Eric Franklin.

 Marla currently focuses on the healing benefits of the ELDOA™ Method created by Guy Voyer to eliminate back pain and the therapeutic Buteyko Breathing created by Russian Doctor Konstantin Buteyko.


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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