Compassion is the ability to feel sympathy, empathy, love and humanity for others who are suffering. Compassion can be extended to those in physical pain, mental pain, social conflict, financial hardships and many other situations. How about holding compassion for somebody who is lashing out in anger or fear? In current society there are so … Continue reading Meditation for Compassion Cultivation Dr. Christie Smirl
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic health system originate over 5,000 years ago in India. Ayurveda is now widely practiced internationally. To understand the foundation tenets of Ayurveda is, the doshas must be mastered. Here are the dosha basics. There are three doshas that control physiology of the human body - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The health science of Ayurveda is also based on the Panchamahaboota theory. Panchamahaboota means 5 elements - Akasha (space), Vayu (wind), Agni (fire), Aap (water), Pritvi (earth). Each dosha is formed by a paring of these elements. Let's take a look at how these elements compose Vata, Pitta and Kapha to better understand Ayurvedic physiology.
Eight Limbs of Yoga: A study of much more than exercise - Dr. Christie Smirl The writings of Pantjali proposes eight paths of yoga to attain enlightenment. These eight steps are guidelines to living a meaningful and purposeful life. It is a common misbelief that yoga is just a form of fitness with pretzel like poses. … Continue reading Eight Limbs of Yoga: A study of much more than exercise. By Dr. Christie Smirl
Ahimsa in Kali Yuga by Dr. Christie Smirl Ahimsa is a concept that has been promoted by Jesus, Buddha, Patanjali, Gandhi and is a core value in most forms of spirituality. The word ahimsa embraces the concept of not-violence and compassion. Ahimsa was written about extensively in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Ahimsa is the first of […]
In yoga philosophy there are four aims of human life called the Puruṣārthas. Puruṣārtha means an "object of human pursuit". The four puruṣārthas are Dharma (duties), Artha (prosperity), Kāma (pleasure) and Mokṣa (liberation). The Puruṣārthas are important to evaluate and measure to live a balanced life. If these four aims are looked at like a … Continue reading Puruṣārthas – The Four Aims of Life by Dr. Christie Smirl
Smoothies have been all the rage for quite some time now. The smoothie health craze has created a different way of obtaining nutrition, which at first glance seems "Oh so good". I remember the first time I walked into a popularized smoothie retailer and ordered a concoction that sounded like a really healthy meal. I … Continue reading Avoid smoothies that cause disease by following Ayurveda and Dr. Christie’s basic rules.
It is officially Spring! The vernal equinox signals the beginning of spring once the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. We will now be enjoying earlier sunrises, later sunset and beautiful blooms. This change in season also triggers a change in the doshas (biological energies) within our bodies. The ancient science of … Continue reading Ayurvedic Spring Health by Dr Christie Smirl
Are you looking for a easy, inexpensive way to improve your health and well being? Try taking a detoxification bath. Sea salt baths have been used for centuries to promote health, healing and beauty.
Upcoming Events with Dr. Christie Smirl Happy May 1st everybody. Many of you know that I recently relocated The Healing Home. Moving can be quite a challenge but very rewarding. Come join me for new classes and activities. My new health club is still in Rancho Cucamonga off Archibald from the 210 freeway, above Baseline. … Continue reading Upcoming Events with Dr. Christie Smirl
Do you ever wonder what to do with those big bundles of greens that are chopped off your carrot and beat tops? Don't trow them out! They can be turned into a life elixir in a cup.