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. 

Eight Limbs of Yoga: A study of much more than exercise. By Dr. Christie Smirl

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

Puruṣārthas – The Four Aims of Life by Dr. Christie Smirl

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 Moká¹£a (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

Sweet Potato Lentil Salad by 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 … Continue reading Sweet Potato Lentil Salad by Christie Smirl 

Eliminate Aluminum – STINK SCRUB by Christie Smirl 

Aluminum is a source of heavy metal toxicity due to commonly used household items. Unlike other trace elements, the human body does not need aluminum. We consume low levels of aluminum in foods, but when we are exposed to repeated higher quantities the body begins to store it. Higher doses of  aluminum builds up in … Continue reading Eliminate Aluminum – STINK SCRUB by Christie Smirl 

Health Benefits of Persimmons by Christie Smirl 

Eating healthy can be tasty too. When I was a little girl, my grandmother had a persimmon tree. She often made me healthy, simple and delicious treats with fresh Hachiya persimmons. Persimmons have tremendous health benefits primarily due high vitamin and mineral and vitamin content including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron, fiber, … Continue reading Health Benefits of Persimmons by Christie Smirl 

Sage for Smudging and Wellness by Christie Smirl

Sage for Smudging and Wellness by Christie Smirl Sage (Salvia apiana) is a perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United Sates and northwestern Mexico. Sage belongs to the mint family with rosemary, oregano, lavendar, thyme and basil. Native Americans call sage qaashil in Luiseno, shihtaay or palhtaay in Kumeyaay , kasilile in Tongva, … Continue reading Sage for Smudging and Wellness by Christie Smirl

Triphala to Detox & Rejuvinate by 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 haritaki. … Continue reading Triphala to Detox & Rejuvinate by Christie Smirl

Power Oatmeal Breakfast by Christie Smirl 

Breakfast is such an important meal of the day. Studies show that people who eat a balanced healthy breakfast have steadier levels of energy, better concentration, healthier digestion, higher metabolic rates and maintain healthier weight. So many of my clients tell me that they just don't have time to prepareand cook a good healthy breakfast, … Continue reading Power Oatmeal Breakfast by Christie Smirl 

TULSI – HOLY BASIL by Christie Smirl

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has been revered as a sacred plant that has numerous healing properties. This sacred plant has been used for thousands of years for it’s mind enhancing properties (medhya) and physical benefits earning the names “The Elixir of Life”  and “Mother Medicine of Nature”. Tulsi is praised as the embodiment … Continue reading TULSI – HOLY BASIL by Christie Smirl