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eldoa, is that yoga?

Yep, it’s like Yoga but not.


Eldoa complements Yoga and many other fitness routines that don’t target the deep spinal muscles that improve posture. Yoga adds mental relaxation through global movements and sometimes meditative sequences.

Choosing the best exercise for you depends on what is most important for you and your body. Maybe it’s weight loss, mobility, posture or healing and recovering from an injury.

What’s the difference between Eldoa and Yoga? 

Eldoa is technical, aiming to improve posture and full body movements by targeting joints and discs in the spine while the benefit of Yoga is greater well-being not just physically, but also mentally and spiritually. 

Eldoa is relatively new compared to Yoga. Eldoa was created less than a lifetime ago by world-renowned osteopath Dr. Guy Voyer.

There are various branches of Yoga that can be traced back thousands of years. There is no consensus on a single person who created Yoga.

How are Eldoa and Yoga done?

How you perform Eldoa and Yoga is quite different, even though you make shapes with your body in both practices. In Yoga, the shapes are called poses or asanas. In Eldoa, each shape is called a position or posture.

Eldoa positions aim to affect specific joints or discs in the spine. The word “eldoa” refers to the collection of stretches that make space in an individual disc in the spine or another joint in the body.

By definition Yoga is a mental and spiritual exercise that aims to enlighten it’s practitioners. Some types of Yoga focus on full body movements in a flowing sequence and other types hold poses for several minutes at a time. Different Yoga teachers may teach poses differently.

By contrast, all Eldoa teachers guide their students into the same defined Eldoa positions that are always held for exactly sixty seconds. While any exercise can improve the mind-body connection, Eldoa was not created with spirituality in mind. The goal is purely physical — to improve the quality of the joint movement and the tissue surrounding it.

Why do Eldoa or Yoga?

Many Yogis notice their poses are more beneficial after they practice Eldoa to become more aware of their joints and posture.

People often use Eldoa to strengthen and stretch the spine and back muscles. When you start to do any global movement, like a squat, the muscle chain that runs deep on the spine (transversopinalis) starts to engage before larger muscles in the body. Eldoa is the only exercise that targets this specific muscle chain.

Eldoa can improve back pain, frozen shoulder, and neck pain so people often recommend it for injuries or mobility issues.

Some people are drawn to yoga for more than a workout. Sure they want to move their bodies, but they often want something more mental or spiritual too. They might be looking to get in that zen state where movement becomes meditative. 

There is a lot to think about to keep your body in one position for a full minute to execute an Eldoa. Holding a pose for exactly 60 seconds is uncommon in Yoga.

Which is right for you?

Consider what you really want when you’re working out. Are you looking to improve mobility or posture? Do you want to focus on meditation or mental and spiritual health?

The truth is you don’t have to choose because Eldoa only takes 60 seconds. A few Eldoa stretches each day only takes a few minutes. You can maximize your time by practicing specific Eldoa positions that enhance your chosen yoga poses. 

Exercise enthusiasts practicing both Eldoa and Yoga appreciate taking care of the deepest part of their spine, their minds, and all the moving parts in between.


Want to know more? Check this out.

  1. POPSUGAR — What is ELDOA?
  2. BTMA Studio — Yoga vs. ELDOA Blog
  3. Liam Springer — Yoga and ELDOA: What’s the difference?
  4. Jessica Galfas—  What’s ELDOA?

Disclaimer: Students learning yoga and eldoa will have the greatest success with a knowledgeable instructor. With proper guidance, your body can safely benefit from both yoga and Eldoa. Contact me to find an instructor near you.

One thought on “eldoa, is that yoga?

  1. I have done both Eldoa and Yoga. Your comparisons and descriptions are spot-on. Since I lift weights regularly I find that Eldoa is great for correction and re-alignment of the spine and joints. Over time our bodies grow out of alignment through our daily habits (i.e. the way we sit, or sleep, or lean, etc.) and Eldoa helps to correct those alignments.

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