Holistic Health Care
addresses the whole person physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Support focuses on maintaining balance on all levels through conscious choices and prevention rather than ignoring health then responding once disease has set in (prevention vs. crisis intervention). If dis-ease does arise, treatments can work along side traditional medicine. Holistic health care can reduce stress, decrease pain and improve the quality of life. It also empowers by teaching tools for daily and life-long self-care. Hands-on Bodywork supports self-care. Doreen, with her wide range of skills, education and experience, is delighted to assist clients in getting and staying well.
Increased Energy and Vitality
Flexibility & Strength
Physical and Mental Stability
Enhanced Faith Connections
Deep Relaxation & Serenity
Heightened access to Intuition
Clarity of Life Purpose
Check: to "Doreen Eckert" and mail to 14 Water Mill Towd Road, Water Mill, NY 11976
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Yoga Therapy and Classic Yoga
A holistic approach to health care and lifestyle
Spanda Yoga Movement Therapy
Spanda Yoga Movement Therapy is the specific adaptation of classic yoga techniques to help manage health conditions. It addresses physical and movement challenges as well as mindfulness and lifestyle choices. This format bridges eastern wisdom with western medicine to offer complementary solutions for vibrant health and recovery from dis-ease. Sessions take place one-on-one or with small groups having a similar focus.
Spanda refers to the subtle creative pulse of the universe which underlies all of our thoughts and actions. When we are in touch with it within us, we can function optimally.
Sample topics include
Movement designed to strengthen the body or heal an injury
Useful ways to manage stress
Help with sorting out an issue
Tools for anxiety/depression
Mindfulness and meditation
Light touch to bring awareness
Support for Spiritual Growth
Classic Raja Yoga
Classic yoga includes guiding principles for living wisely, postures and breath practices to cleanse and energize. It also includes techniques to calm the sense organs and draw attention inward. It is a complete system that addresses the needs of body, mind and spirit. Yoga is not a religion, but can be used along-side one to enhance spiritual growth.
In each class, Doreen incorporates the eight limbs of classical Royal Yoga. She directs students in more than postures and breathwork, by imparting yoga’s guiding principles, deep relaxation, and mind-quieting techniques into the experience. She infuses classes with scientific details and suggestions for daily life applications.
Students say her approach is nourishing, and her classes feel like being taken on a journey gradually deeper and deeper toward stillness.
Meditation is the crown jewel of yoga practice. True, lasting happiness arises from going inward, not from any outer success, acquisition or relationship. However, for many, meditation is difficult. Learning a systematic program to quiet the chattering mind improves life. It cultivates the capacity to bring forth innate wisdom. It also lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and stress. There is no substitute for meditation.
Restorative Yoga uses propped poses, held longer to allow for stress to peel off layer by layer revealing a sense of calm and clarity. Deep rest offers freedom from the symptoms of stress including, physical tension, mental irritability, spiritual confusion, shortness of breath, insomnia, adrenal overstimulation, weakened immune system and so on. Attention is placed on softening the body, so that layers of tension can release. A quieter mind and steady breath naturally develop during the letting go process. In this way, restorative yoga is meditative. Sometimes it is the gateway into a meditation practice because it provides a glimpse into a quieter mind.
For the body, it mimics a classic yoga posture series in that the spine is moved in all directions to help restore balance and health in the body. The internal organs are alternately soothed and stimulated in a way so as to not overstimulate or deplete the energy system. Restorative yoga is appropriate for people of all ages and shapes. Deep, restful and refreshing.
Christ-inspired classes explore the overlap between Christ and Classic Yoga and follow the classic order of postures, breathwork and meditation. Students experience Christ’s teachings in the context of the body - the way Jesus came to the world - Embodied. Move, rest and listen to the deep well of wisdom within.
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Touch is critical for good health.
Healthy, appropriate touch soothes the nervous system and supports the immune system. It also cultivates a sense of well-being.
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “Universal Life Force Energy” It is an original form of healing given to Dr. Mikao Usui in the 1800’s during a spiritual retreat. Hawayo Takata brought it to the USA in the 1980’s.
Reiki balances the electromagnetic field of the body and induces deep relaxation thus allowing the immune system to function optimally. Sort of like charging a battery, receiving Reiki is like drawing even more than normal amounts of subtle energy from the universe, transmitted safely through the practitioner. It assists the body in cleansing itself of toxins and hastens healing. It also attunes the client towards the healer within. Reiki accelerates the body’s natural healing abilities on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
During a 50-60 minute session, clients remain fully clothed while comfortably lying on a table or sitting in a chair. Reiki is done hands-on and off the body. Doreen combines it with breath awareness, joint mobilization, and other techniques depending on need. Most report feeling warmth, like sunshine flowing, then become deeply relaxed and peaceful.
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Colleague Erin Sirona explains Energy Healing
"You have an electromagnetic field in and around your body. An energy healer has fine-tuned their senses to work with it. Operating from a right brained place which is quite different from the intellectual place we often navigate from, the practitioner facilitates the already-present healing capacity of the body.
Similar to how a dog can hear frequencies we cannot or a bee keeper can tell you the region, date, and makeup of a particular honey just from the taste/color/smell, my training allows me to perceive this energy (which anyone can learn to do), I can alter it using sound, movement and above all-clear, focused intention. "
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Weight and Stress
Back Care Basics
Yoga Psychology Basics
Cultivating a Strong moral foundation with Yoga Psychology and the Ten Commandments
Writings and Wonderings
For writings and wonderings about the intersection of Christian Theology and Yoga Philosophy go to www.christianspracticingyoga.com blog Wonder at the Crossroads. Doreen is Managing Editor and a regular contributor.