October 6, 2023

Introducing Our New Podcast: The Journey Begins

Powerfully Present
Powerfully Present
Introducing Our New Podcast: The Journey Begins
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Episode Show Notes


Cristal Sharma, the host of the podcast “Powerfully Present,” shares her personal journey of finding her path in yoga and the impact it has had on her life. She discusses the importance of being present and how it has empowered her through various challenges. Cristal invites listeners to join her in exploring different aspects of life, from being a better yoga teacher to stepping into our power as humans. The podcast aims to create a community that connects, grows, and evolves together.

Key Takeaways

  • Yoga can be a powerful tool for healing and self-discovery.
  • Being present is the foundation of finding peace, joy, and contentment.
  • There is power in stillness, acceptance, and living in the present moment.

Key Quotes

  • “There is power in stillness. There is power in acceptance. There is power in now.”
  • “The foundation of happiness, joy, and peace lies in being present.”
  • “Being powerfully present is the central theme in all aspects of life.”
Powerfully Present
Powerfully Present
Introducing Our New Podcast: The Journey Begins

Powerfully Present: Embracing the Journey of Yoga and Self-Discovery

Namaste. Welcome to Powerfully Present, a podcast where we embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery through the practice of yoga. I am your host, Cristal Sharma, and I am thrilled to embark on this new adventure with you.

In this inaugural episode, I want to delve into the main themes that have shaped my own journey and have led me to this moment. Let’s explore the power of being present and how it can transform our lives.

The Influence of Yoga in My Upbringing

Growing up in a South Asian family, yoga was an integral part of my upbringing. I witnessed my father’s dedication to yoga, practicing it diligently before the break of dawn. The teachings of the Gita and the principles of detachment and the law of action were ingrained in our household. Little did I know that these early experiences would lay the foundation for my own path in yoga.

As a first-generation Indian American, I often found myself straddling two worlds. The challenges of navigating between my Indian heritage and American culture were not always easy. I often felt torn between embracing my Indian identity and assimilating into American society. This struggle led to moments of confusion and self-doubt, as I grappled with my sense of belonging.

The Healing Power of Yoga

During my college years, I faced a series of medical misdiagnoses that culminated in a gluten intolerance diagnosis. This experience became a turning point in my life, as I realized the importance of prioritizing my health. Yoga became my refuge during this challenging time, providing physical and mental healing. It was through yoga that I found the strength to rebuild myself and regain my confidence.

Embracing Yoga as a Way of Life

While pursuing a career in finance, I simultaneously immersed myself in the world of yoga. I took every opportunity to deepen my practice, attending workshops and trainings whenever possible. Balancing my day job as an accountant with my passion for yoga, I gradually found my calling as a yoga teacher. In 2009, I took a leap of faith and opened Soul Power Yoga with my sister, creating a community that embraces and supports each other on our individual paths.

The Power of Stillness and Presence

In our fast-paced world, we often associate power with force and energy. However, my journey has taught me that there is power in stillness, acceptance, and being present. Whether we are facing health challenges, navigating relationships, or seeking personal growth, being powerfully present allows us to find peace, joy, and contentment.

The Evolution of Yoga in the Digital Age

As we enter the digital age, the world of yoga has expanded beyond the confines of a mat and a studio. The internet has become a platform for yoga practitioners to connect, learn, and grow. While this shift may have seemed foreign 13 years ago, it has now become an integral part of our lives. Embracing technology allows us to adapt to the changing world and continue our journey of self-discovery.

The Power of Connection and Community

Throughout my years as a yoga teacher, I have witnessed the transformative power of connection and community. The Soul Power Yoga community has shown me the hunger and eagerness to grow and evolve. As we embark on this podcast journey together, I hope to create a space where we can connect, learn, and support one another. Through these conversations, we can explore various aspects of life, from becoming better yoga teachers to stepping into our power as humans.

The Beginning: A Celebration of New Opportunities

As we embark on this new journey together, it is important to celebrate the beginning. Each new beginning holds immense power and potential. It is an opportunity for growth, transformation, and self-discovery. By embracing the power of being present, we can navigate the uncertainties of life and find our path to peace, joy, and empowerment.

In conclusion, the power of being present is a central theme that runs through my personal journey and the teachings of yoga. Through this podcast, I hope to share insights, wisdom, and experiences that will empower and inspire you on your own path of self-discovery. Together, let us embrace the power of being powerfully present and embark on a transformative journey of growth and empowerment.


Note: This article is a transcription of the Powerfully Present podcast episode. All quotes are verbatim and directly from the transcript.

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