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.┬á

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.┬á

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 -┬áBalancing 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