Mindfulness. Alignment. Breath. Flow. Relaxation. Community.

Backwards Yoga, located in Eldridge, Iowa, offers vinyasa yoga classes for all levels. These include non-hot yoga classes, hot classes (ranging from 80-105 degrees), a variety of workshops designed to deepen your practice, cardio & Bootcamp classes, private yoga sessions, and private group sessions. We are also a Yoga Alliance certified school and offer teacher training programs for 200-hour certification. Our creative and friendly instructors offer challenging classes to improve flexibility, strength and balance for the mind and body.
Backwards Yoga’s owner, Kela Ganzer, is a North Scott graduate and grew up in rural Scott County. Her parents are Dean and Tina Ganzer of Donahue, IA. Kela grew up with back pain her entire life while being diagnosed with scoliosis at an early age. At the age of 12, she went through a spinal fusion surgery, in which they placed 2-13 inch rods along her spine to straighten the curvature. After her surgery, Kela was limited to mild sports and exercise. While Kela entered college, she decided to try yoga for the back pain of carrying her book bag across campus. She instantly felt the pain relieved through her spine. She continued her journey through college and decided to share her love for yoga with others. She has since completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certificate, 500-hour Yoga Alliance certificate, Pre-natal Certificate, and SUP Yoga Certificate.
Ganzer wanted to give back to her North Scott community by starting a small yoga class while renting space at the local daycare in 2014. It was here that the desire to grow the yoga community started. Backwards Yoga evolved into a hot studio in July 2015 in the downtown area. We have become an extended family and offer each of our community members a yogi experience. Eldridge has embraced the studio and given us our unique small town feel. Our atmosphere is welcoming and open to all levels of yogis. We are proudly serving the Quad City area and encourage people from Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, and Dewitt to come out to Eldridge and see why we are worth the trip.
Backwards Yoga proudly gives back to the North Scott Community by hosting a Blessing Box for donations of non-perishable items and school supplies; hosts community events at local businesses to enhance partnership among growing businesses; donates back to the North Scott School District; and is a sponsor to many little league baseball, softball, and soccer teams.
Comfortable clothes that allow you to move and stretch easily. Stay away from anything too baggy or loose fitting. Shoes and socks are not worn in class but we do have storage for each and everyone of you to place your belongings. There is no standard yoga attire, check out our merchandise for some hip clothing and headbands.
Mats and towels can be rented or purchased at the studio but we encourage you to either buy your own at the studio or bring your own from home. Some people will also bring a change of clothes, especially for clothes in our hot studio. Depending on the weather, you may want to bring a change of clothes anyways.
We encourage you to arrive at least 10 minus early so you have time to sing in, change, look around, and settle in on your mat. On your first visit, please come earlier to complete a waiver and release. You can register and pay online for classes but is not required. We encourage everyone to register online to save their spot.
Please do not bring cell phones or bags into the studio for class. Please be mindful of others and have cell phones on silent before checking in at our front desk. Remember to respect the space of those around you. For some, this may be the only quiet time in their day.
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"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others."

Peace Pilgrim

“Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal…. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.”

Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Guru, Sri Pattabhi Jois

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.”

Aadil Palkhivala

"The divine light in me bows to the divine light in you."