Meditation for Compassion Cultivation Dr. Christie Smirl

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: 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

Avoid smoothies that cause disease by following Ayurveda and Dr. Christie’s basic rules. 

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. 

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 … Continue reading Amazing Benefits of Fennel by Dr. Christie Smirl

Aroma Therapy for Mental Health by Dr. Christie

Aromatherapy is the ancient practice of using plant oils for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. The use of aromatherapy is an ancient health practice traced thousands of years back to Greek, Egyptian, Chinese, Persian and Indian cultures.  The mechanism of action takes only 8 molecules of aromatic substance to trigger the sense of smell … Continue reading Aroma Therapy for Mental Health by Dr. Christie

Upcoming Events with Dr. Christie Smirl

Upcoming Events with Dr. Christie Smirl AKASHVANI KIRTAN JANUARY 28th 7:30pm FUN YOGA STUDIO Akashvani is very excited to be offering a kirtan at FUN Yoga Studio January 28th. We have been working for many months now recording our new album and have really taken pride in setting these classical Sanskrit meditative mantras to beautiful … Continue reading Upcoming Events with Dr. Christie Smirl

Kapha reducing Garden Vegetable Bean Soup 

Reduce Kapha stagnancy with this 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 (jelatinous). If Kapha over accumulates in the body, these qualities create stagnancy and diseases related … Continue reading Kapha reducing Garden Vegetable Bean Soup 

Coconut Green Bean Sweet Potato Soup

This is a delicious soup to 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 … Continue reading Coconut Green Bean Sweet Potato Soup

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