Ayurvedic Nutrition presentation with Dr. Christie Smirl for Necessary Nutrition Academy

It was a pleasure and honor to be a guest presenter for the Necessary Nutrition Academy to introduce theories behind Ayurvedic Nutrition. During this presentation students will learn the basic theories of Ayurveda as applied to nutrition principles, including the panchamahabhuta and tri-dosha theories. This information will be integrated to understand how certain foods aggravate…

Ayurveda Past & Future with guest speaker Dr. Jayagopal Parla

Welcome Dr. Jayagopal Parla for this episode of Healthier Vibrations discussing the past and future of Ayurveda. During this broadcast, Dr. Jay shares about some of the historical origins of Ayurveda and the future of Ayurveda in Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jay is a world renowned speaker and professor of Ayurveda. His training background includes a…

Ayurvedic Yoga Awakening with Dr. Christie Smirl

I am honored to receive so many recent testimonials for Ayurvedic Yoga Awakening Program.  “Where do I even begin! This yoga teacher training with Dr. Christie Smirl has been absolutely incredible so far; I don’t want it to end!! Christie has such a genuine, pure, kind energy, with SO much wisdom and teachings to share. I…

Ayurvedic Nutrition Guidelines for Balanced Doshas by Dr. Christie Smirl

Ayurvedic Nutrition Guidelines for Balanced Doshas by Dr. Christie Smirl Ayurveda is the comprehensive science of wellness that originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is still widely practice globally. In Ayurveda each person has a unique Prakruti which is your body constitution. Each person’s Prakruti is determined by a unique combination of Doshas,…

Respiratory Integrated Health by Dr. Christie Smirl

The respiratory system is responsible for bringing life the the body. In Advanced Life Support or CPR, breathing is the first thing assessed. No breath, no life. The respiratory anatomy consists of the nose, mouth, sinuses, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, right lung with three lobes, left lung with two lobes, the diaphragm, cilia and alveoli….

Healthy Mind Rejuvenation with Brahmi by Dr. Christie Smirl

Ayurveda understands that the mind can be rejuvenated and supported by natural herbs that have medhya (mind) actions. Brahmi has been used since ancient times to support proper brain function. The leaves enhance memory, concentration and sattva – mental harmony and spiritual well being. Brahmi has many other medical uses. Ayurvedic Properties of Brahmi Rasa…

Ayurvedic Spring Health by Dr Christie Smirl

The vernal equinox signals the beginning of spring once the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. After the spring equinox we will start enjoying earlier sunrises, later sunsets and beautiful blooms. This change in season also triggers a change in the doshas (Ayurvedic biological forces) within our bodies. The ancient science of…

Balanced Mental Well Being with Ayurveda by Dr. Christie Smirl

Mental well being is a primary pillar of health. Everybody strives for optimal concentration, memory, sleep patterns and emotional balance. Western allopathic medicine and modern psychology can be dramatically augmented with the medical science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda understands the functioning of the human mind according to three gunas (qualities). The three gunas that influence the…

Zucchini Avocado Scramble by Dr. Christie Smirl

When practicing an ketogenic ovolacto-vegetarian nutrition regimen, eggs are often a staple protein source for any meal of the day. This zucchini avocado scramble is a delicious satisfying meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Tulsi – Medical Benefits by Dr. Christie Smirl

Tulsi, also known as ocimum sanctum or holy basil, has been revered as a sacred plant with healing properties. This beneficial herb has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for it’s mind enhancing properties and physical benefits earning the names “The Elixir of Life” and “Mother Medicine of Nature”. 

Turmeric Ginger Spice Tea by Dr. Christie Smirl

During the cold and flu seasons many clients and friends are seeking natural ways to recover. Turmeric ginger spice tea is a blend of ingredients that Ayurvedic medicine uses to reduce symptoms related to the common cold and influenza. Symptoms such as fatigue, malaise, indigestion, aches and pains and congestion in the head, neck and chest region are related to accumulation of kapha and vata doshas.

Aama – Metabolic Toxicity by Dr. Christie Smirl

Ayurveda understands clearly the process of metabolic toxicity. When the body undergoes improper metabolism of food in the gastro-intestinal system, a toxic substance called aama may develop. Initially, this toxic aama will be isolated in the gut and may be excreted through the feces, but if aama continues to accumulate through abnormal diet and digestion, it will spread through the rasa (plasma) and travel to a weakened dhatus (body tissues). Aama creates the substrate for disease. For this reason, Ayurveda always targets the elimination of aama from the body during any panchakarma (detoxification) or rasayana (rejuvenation) protocol. 

Kapha Pacifying Khichdi with Dr. Christie Smirl

Khichdi, also known as kitchari, is an ancient yogi meal that balances the dhatus (tissues) and doshas (physiological forces). Khichdi is often prescribed to be consumed for 30 days to balance the doshas vata, pitta and kapha to detoxify the body. In India I enjoyed the availability of this nourishing, filling meal anytime of the…

Introduction to Ayurveda: Doshas 101 by 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. 

Amazing Benefits of Fennel by Dr. Christie Smirl

Fennel is a delicious celery-like winter vegetable full of amazing health benefits. The white bulb, long green stalks, seeds, and leaves are all edible. Fennel is harvested in the fall and traditionally seen in fall or winter recipes. Fennel as a vegetable can be steamed, sautéed, chopped in salads, blended or juiced in health drinks…

CHAKRAS – Your Subtle Body by Dr. Christie Smirl

Higher levels of health and wellness can be obtained when we realize that we are so much more than just a brain and physical biochemical body. For thousands of years, Ancient scholars and physicians from civilizations across the globe knew about the subtle energy systems and that are integral to our existence and health.

Mantras in Medicine by Dr. Christie Smirl

Mantras have become a key therapeutic in my Integrative Medical practice. Most of my clients experience some degree of mental discomfort in the form of anxiety, fear, worry, chronic physical pain, depression, grief or anger. In an attempt to reduce the number of prescriptions for pain and psychiatric medications, I started giving my patients prescriptions for mantra.

Kapha reducing Garden Vegetable Bean Soup by Dr. Christie Smirl

Ayurveda strongly suggests warming soups to reduce kapha accumulation. Kapha’s gunas (qualities) are guru (heavy), snigdha (unctuous), sheeta (cold), manda (slow), mrudu (soft), sthira (stable) and slaksna (jelly like). If kapha over accumulates in the body, these qualities create stagnancy and diseases related to blocked srotas (channels) such as obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and abnormal…

Sweet Potato Lentil Salad by Dr. Christie Smirl 

This salad has become one of my favorite meals to make because it is fast, easy, packed full of nutrients, high protein, high fiber and low calorie. Sweet potato is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, copper, potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6 and phosphorus.  Lentils are rich…

Eliminate Aluminium – STINK SCRUB by Christie Smirl 

Aluminium is a source of heavy metal toxicity due to commonly used household items. Unlike other trace elements, the human body does not need aluminium. We consume low levels of aluminium in foods, but when we are exposed to repeated higher quantities the body begins to store it. Higher doses of aluminium builds up in…

Coconut Green Bean Sweet Potato Soup by Dr. Christie Smirl

This is a delicious soup that is filling, satisfying, high in protein, low sodium and easy to digest. INGREDIENTS 1.5 cup rinsed organic red lentils 3 cups diced organic green beans 4 cup cubed unpeeled organic sweet potatoes 2 cups cubed pears 1 can organic coconut milk 3 Tablespoons Ghee 2 teaspoons curry powder 1…

Triphala to Detox & Rejuvenate by Dr. Christie Smirl

TRIPHALA – Balancing Formula for Detoxification & Rejuvenation Triphala is one of the most recommended Ayurvedic formulation and has been used as a daily supplement for over 5,000 years to balance all three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Triphala is translated as “Three Fruits” and is composed of dried and powdered amalaki, bibhitaki and…

Hingvashtak for Healthy Digestion by Christie Smirl

Hingvashtak is a classical Ayurvedic blend of vata-soothing herbs that support the entire digestive system. Vata is cold, light and dry, qualities that in excess can inhibit proper digestive function creating gas, bloating and inflammation. Hingvashtak contains herbs that are warming and grounding to effectively counter balance numerous digestive imbalances. Hingvashtak kindles the digestive fire,…

Meditation A Path to Health by Dr. Christie Smirl

MEDITATION – A PATH TO HEALTHIER VIBRATIONS Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years by monks, sages, seers and householders to induce profound healing and transformation. Science has proven that meditation is beneficial to reduce anxiety and depression, increase memory and focus, regulate heart rate, lower blood pressure, balance neurotransmitters that affect our emotional…