Today we’d like to introduce you to Christie Smirl.
Christie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
From the age of 4, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always the same, that I wanted to be a healer. During high school, I focused heavily on pre-med preparatory classes and landed my first job at age 16 caring for an elderly woman with terminal cancer. I loved making people feel better physically and emotionally. By age 24 I graduated from California State University of San Bernardino with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and worked in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Bernadine Medical Center. Soon after, I graduated as a Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science with highest honors from Loma Linda University. I felt like I was at the peak of my success working my dream job in the Emergency Department.
Something was still missing. I had exceeded all my goals, but felt emotionally bankrupt. Watching people suffer and die day in and day out forced me to reckon with my childhood. Growing up I was faced with poverty, instability, violent trauma, parental estrangement, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Through that, my Mom always taught me to “Suit up and show up”, no matter how hard life got.
That was no longer enough, so I set out on a journey to heal myself. I could have treated my PTSD with pharmaceuticals but I didn’t want a lifelong band-aid.
One night I found myself in a yoga class in Claremont crying my eyes out. The teacher Rachael Rudich helped me find my center. I thought I attended her yoga class to have a strong body, but instead, I found emotional strength. I wanted to teach my patients at the hospital what I was learning! Before you know it, I graduated from Green Tara Yoga as an RYT500 yoga teacher. My teachers and mentors Doug Moss, Gina Decker and Kristy Coulter and Kathy Zetterberg slowly reconstructed my perception of health, wellness, fitness and spirituality. I started teaching these yogic sciences and healing techniques at St. Bernardine Hospital to the employees and my patients.
I realized that there was still so much more to learn about wellness. So I dug deeper and completed my Doctorate degree in Ayurvedic Medicine at the University of Complementary Medicine in Beverly Hills. The ancient science of Ayurveda challenged everything I knew about the human body and health. I was able to start providing holistic education and recommendations to my hospital patients that caused my healing rates to soar. My patients were meditating and eating according to Ayurvedic guidelines instead of popping narcotics like tic-tacks. After my friends and family watched my personal healing and transformation they wanted to know how I got there.
In the blink of an eye, I entered a new life chapter. I developed multiple courses and education programs designed to empower students to find their maximum physical, emotional and spiritual wellness through Ayurvedic medicine, physical yoga, meditation, Reiki pranic healing, vibroresonance healing and mantra.
Has it been a smooth road?
Grace guided me, blending all these healing sciences to provide integrative medicine at the hospital and teach holistic health and wellness programs.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Healthier Vibrations is a program I developed that offers wellness education and counseling to individuals and groups. I am an instructor in the Ayurvedic Practitioner Programs at Southern California University Health Sciences in Whittier and the American University of Complimentary Medicine in Beverly Hills. I teach courses at Open Door yoga teacher training program in Pomona as well as festivals, conferences and international retreats.
One-year-round program I offer is The Ayurvedic Yoga Awakening program, a RYT200 and RYT300 Yoga Alliance approved yoga teacher training program that teaches students how to live in alignment with yogic and Ayurvedic sciences to find ideal states of health and abundance. A second program, The Holistic Health Program, offers courses on Herbology, Ayurveda, Subtle Therapies, Reiki, Sound Healing, Nutrition, Meditation, Yoga and Holistic lifestyles, Subtle Body Anatomy preparing students to teach wellness to the community.
This is an excellent adjunct program for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, yoga teachers and anybody is the healing sciences. In addition, I have designed a Meditation Teacher Training program that teaches tangible methods that manage life stresses, heal past traumas and facilitate maximum personal development.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I love teaching in the region of the community that offers such a beautiful diversity in health care education, learning and teaching opportunities.
- Website: HealthierVibrations.com
- Facebook: HealthierVibrations