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Herstory

Doreen Corwith Eckert, was born to farming parents on eastern Long Island, New York.  She grew up quietly in a small town among open fields and ocean views.   Then, she flew to faraway places.  At age 16, she lived in Bombay, India for a year as a Rotary exchange student.  Her experiences there forced her to reevaluate everything she knew.  Fascinated by the diversity of religion and cultures, she fanned her interest in personal and spiritual growth.  Determined to keep travelling, she studied anthropology at ANU in Canberra, Australia, graduated with honors in Communications from Penn State University, and completed a Masters in environmental education with the Audubon Expedition Institute - Lesley University.

Settling in Vermont, her passion for personal growth turned into a life-long career.  In 1991 she became a Certified Massage Therapist and Reiki Energy Medicine Practitioner.  Then she took up yoga.  Since 1998, she has been studying at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy in Pennsylvania where she received her  200 and 500 hour graduate level Classic Raja yoga teacher certifications.    After being in private practice for 10 years, she created and ran Evanya Wellness Center in Townshend, VT.

 

Called back to her homeland, in 2000, she relocated to her grandparent's 100 year old house in Water Mill where she met her husband, a carpenter who helped her fix it up.  While raising her family, Doreen offered workshops on holistic health and taught secular and Christ-centered yoga classes at several wellness centers, the local library, school and churches.  In September 2019, she completed a 2+ year Masters level degree with Spanda Yoga Movement Therapy, a program run by Dr. Jaime Stover-Schmitt in Princeton, NJ geared to bridge eastern techniques with Western Medicine. 

In 2022, she and her husband moved to 39 acres of woods and meadows in Dyberry, Pennsylvania near the Himalayan Institute.   Her focus is to inspire others to seek the Divine within and to cultivate holistic health on all levels - body, mind and soul.

A yoga therapist is part teacher, part counselor

and part spiritual guide.