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Conversations with Asia Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Asia Smith.

Hi Asia, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m a Certified Life and Wellness Consultant/Coach and Yogi, a graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology currently matriculation toward a Masters Degree in Health Administration. I discovered the benefits of yoga as a college sophomore and have been practicing for over 10 years. I am an Integrated Behavioral Health Administrator and have experience in the Behavioral Health field in various positions of leadership. My professional experience includes owning and operating a Sober Living Home, Associate Counselor, Clinical Coordinator, Administrative Supervisor, and Child Abuse Prevention Advocate. I also have volunteered as a Non-profit Organization Community Outreach Coordinator working with at risk mothers, youth, and school administrators. I also serve as the Arizona State Mental Health and Domestic Violence Coordinator for my sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

As an undergraduate, I used my platform as a Tennessee State University radio personality and Event Planner to organize and promote community events for various populations within the community. These included, but are not limited to, busy professionals, entrepreneurs, families, as well as individuals struggling with anxiety and depression. I assisted these various demographics to develop successful strategies to facilitate transformation into the best version of themselves. Pearled Buddha, LLC is a vessel to channel my continued passion and dedication to synergize the efforts of the aforementioned demographic to positively affect change, one individual, one community at a time.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My vision for what would become Pearled Buddha began in 2016 after I graduated college and moved to El Paso, Texas. It hasn’t been an easy path to where I am today; having to navigate marriage and a subsequent divorce. I embraced yoga as a way to self-care, just as I’d done while in college as a full-time student, single mother while working to support us both, and still volunteering on campus. When I married and moved to Arizona, I was overwhelmed by the pressures of being a wife, mother, graduate student, and learning to navigate in a new city away from my family.

Yoga, journaling, and my daily meditations were the constant motivation that allowed me to regain my identity of self. During the onset of COVID-19, my family encouraged me to share my techniques with others. I created Pearled Buddha, LLC as a way for me to introduce yoga, meditation, and the importance of affirmation to others (virtually and using safe distancing) that allowed beginners as well as advanced yogis the opportunity to experience this healing art in an innovative way. I’ve facilitated self-care webinars and share affirmations, self-care information, and healthy lifestyle information on my various social media platforms. I’ve incorporated my Mental Health and Life Coaching experience as well as my love for community activism to create a niche for Pearled Buddha to survive and thrive in our new normal.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m passionate about assisting others to realize their full potential and act to achieve it. I use my platform as a mental health professional, yogi, and community activist to positively affect my community and at the same time, discover new truths about myself. I share in the hope that my experiences and volunteerism will help someone and inspire others to embrace themselves, flaws and all. ‘CREATOR.ACTIVIST.YOGI’ describes all that Pearled Buddha strives to be in the community. I practice and facilitate a hybrid of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga that I call “Pearled Flame Flow”. The vibe includes relaxation, breath control, strength training, and meditation during a neo-soul, R&B, or trap music playlist. Pearled Flame Flow provides positive spiritual, physical, and mental benefits for attendees in an innovative and creative way. When I’m not practicing yoga, I train in Kajukenbo, a Mixed Martial Art (MMA) derived from KA for for Karate, JU for Judo and Jujutsu, KEN for Kenpo and BO for boxing. MMA fighting strengthens my mind and body while reinforcing the discipline required to build confidence in yourself and humility to demonstrate respect for others.

In my experiences as a mental health professional, I’ve seen clients benefit from the supervised use of both cannabis and traditional medications to treat depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. I’m an advocate for the responsible use of cannabis, where it is legalized, to assist persons that may benefit from its use.
As an individual that’s eliminated dairy, shellfish, and meat from my diet, I’ve personally seen enormous health benefits attained from consuming more healthy, organic fruit and vegetables. I believe in both holistic and traditional wellness education; embracing natural practices as a way of life to create generational health and wealth. The development of my aromatic, plant-based yoga mat cleaner, Pearled Buddha’s Peace, is a result of my commitment to the use of practical holistic products.

I’m most proud of and grateful for the community outreach and volunteerism connections and how Pearled Buddha has evolved from just a yoga company platform into a full wellness company that addresses the mind (life coaching), body (yoga) and soul (community outreach). As a Holistic Partner with Sozo Healing House, I’m afforded a beautiful, nurturing environment to practice and teach yoga to clients. As a volunteer with Project Roots, AZ, I have the opportunity to not only teach yoga, but to assist others in learning about the benefits of growing and consuming healthy food within our community.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I grew up in a military family and moved often during my parent’s careers. As a military child, I had the opportunity to experience different cultures and discovered that having the ability to connect with people was very important. I also learned the importance of giving and acceptance of people for who they are, because I was often the individual being embraced at new locations. I started to develop my true sense of self while residing in Seoul Republic of Korea from the 6th – 12th grades where I also developed life-long friendships. As the only girl and the youngest of my siblings, I was never afraid to ‘move’ on my own to discover things about myself and to stand in support of others discovering their own truths even when it was unpopular to do so.

Playing sports, dance, and writing poetry were my creative outlets. I now realize that much of my poetry were in fact affirmations of the person I was and hoped to become. Nothing much has changed except that I’m older and use my experiences to create opportunities to guide others to help and heal themselves. My current love of travel and nature is derived from my childhood. I’ve been blessed to travel all over the world; I especially love being around bodies of water. My most recent travels to Mexico, Utah, St. Thomas, VI, and South America have been so rewarding because I had the opportunities to teach yoga as well as personally enjoying reconnecting with myself and other likeminded individuals.

Pricing:

  • Group Yoga Sessions (Sozo House) – $20
  • Private Sessions – $25
  • Yoga at the Park – $10
  • Life Coaching Sessions – $50

Contact Info:

She and her mother, Jaynene K. Smith, launched Sacral Pearls Birth Work to provide holistic doula services, childbirth classes, pre and postnatal yoga, and mental health resources for clients.

My linktree address is:  linktr.ee/pearledbuddha

Image Credits
Byoh production Project Roots, AZ

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