Ayurvedic Mental Mapping, Insanity and Meditation

Ayurveda has a very clear understanding of the causes of mental imbalances and insanity. This video introduces the concepts of mental adaptation and tendencies based on Ayurvedic principles. Learn about how food and lifestyle can trigger emotional symptoms of vata, pitta and kapha imbalances. In this video I also discuss meditation, the experience of reality and developing a nondual state of awareness.

Brian’s Unfortunate Brainstorm – New kid’s book!

I’m excited to announce that Brian’s Unfortunate Brainstorm has now been published! This is the second kid’s wellness book I wrote this year. Brian’s Unfortunate Brainstorm helps families and friends weather through stormy emotions. This brightly illustrated book helps children learn simple mental health techniques when caught in a different mind storms. This is a perfect addition to the first kid’s book I wrote this year titled Cringy Cat – Ayurveda for children. One book examines food and lifestyle causes of mental “cringe” and the other teaches simple fun coping skills.

Chakra Alignment – Class 1 of 8

Last year I recorded 8 classes as part of a Chakra Alignment series. I’m sharing the first class in the series here for free. It is a very important process and practice that allows us to align and harmonize our mental patterns and energetic bodies.

AGNI – The Power of Health, Immunity and Transformation with Dr. Christie Smirl and Craig Williams

This conversation interweaves concepts from functional nutrition, sports fitness, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga and more. The main focus was on the following:
AGNI related to jatar-agni, digestion and nutrition
AGNI related to srota-agni, dhatu-agni and health of the physical body constituents
AGNI related to immunity to disease and cellular modulation
AGNI related to manas-agni, mental fortitude, adaptation and psychiatry
AGNI in relationship to cosmic forces and advanced mental development

Expectations, Impermanence and Suffering

I once sat in a room of people and heard a woman confidently tell us, “Your suffering is not a food shaped hole; it is not a alcohol or drug shaped hole; it is not a shopping spree shaped hole or a sex shaped hole!”. That was when I learned to stop cramming stuff and…

Muladhara Chakra Therapy by Dr. Christie

The first of the primary 7 chakras is the muladhara chakra. In English it is referred to as the root chakra. In Sanskrit, muladhara is divided into two terms: mula meaning root and adhara meaning the basis or foundation. This chakra is symbolized by four red petals representing the four compass directions of north, south,…

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 mokṣa (liberation). The puruṣārthas are important to evaluate and measure to live a balanced life. If these four aims are looked at like a…

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.

Aroma Therapy for Mental Health by Dr. Christie Smirl

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…