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
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.
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
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
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
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 numberous digestive imbalances. Hingvashtak kindles the digestive fire, … Continue reading Hingvashtak for Healthy Digestion by Christie Smirl
MEDITATION - A PATH TO HEALTHIER VIBRATIONS By Dr. Christie Smirl, Ayurveda Doctorate, Nurse Practitioner, Yoga Teacher RTY500, YACEP Meditation can be used for profound healing and transformation. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years by priests, monks, rishis, sages, seers, seekers, bodhisattvas and householders. Science has already proven that meditation is beneficial to … Continue reading Meditation – Healthier Vibrations by Christie Smirl