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, … Continue reading Muladhara Chakra Therapy by Dr. Christie
Ayurvedic Summer Soothing Smoothie - Dr. Christie
Ayurveda is the ancient science of health and wellness that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda is widely practiced internationally and is gaining recognition as a complete holistic field of medicine. Ayurveda has very specific recommendations for maintaining physiological balance during each season. During summer months the physiologic dosha, Pitta becomes accumulated in … Continue reading Ayurvedic Summer Health 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 - 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
Ahimsa in Kali Yuga by Dr. Christie Smirl Ahimsa is a concept that has been promoted by Jesus, Buddha, Patanjali, Gandhi and is a core value in most forms of spirituality. The word ahimsa embraces the concept of not-violence and compassion. Ahimsa was written about extensively in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Ahimsa is the first of […]
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.
Ahimsa in Kali Yuga by Dr. Christie Smirl Ahimsa is a concept that has been promoted by Jesus, Buddha, Patanjali, Gandhi and is a core value in most forms of spirituality. The word ahimsa embraces the concept of not-violence and compassion. Ahimsa was written about extensively in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Ahimsa is the first of … Continue reading Ahimsa in Kali Yuga 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