We recently experienced a new facet of yoga that has been even more rewarding than the Asana, Pranayama and Meditation that we have been practicing. We have partnered with a charity to create a jewelry line called, The Clarity Collection. Through this collaboration we have experienced the power of Seva Yoga, the act of selfless service and dedication to the greater good. By taking the emphasis off of your life and putting it onto the lives of others, a shift in your perspective creates a new wealth of energy and an abundant source of gratitude. Through helping others we have discovered so much about ourselves and we have formed a sacred connection with those around us.
We are both mothers, yoga teachers and work full time jobs. Balancing the demands of a family and a career while also trying to practice self care can be like walking on a tight rope. Like most women we find ourselves jumping from one task to the next, loosing our focus and the vital connection to our intuition. Prior to experiencing the magic of Seva Yoga our practice had been a way to reconnect with our inner selves, stay fit, and to find the mental balance that we need. Through giving back we have been able to radiate a connection to others and discover a clarity that can endlessly fuel us. The transformative gift of Seva Yoga is that when we give, we also learn how to receive.
We have had the opportunity to partner with Senhoa, an amazing foundation that gives 100% of their jewelry profits directly to the rehabilitation and education of young women who are vulnerable to or survivors of human trafficking in Camodia. We created “The Clarity Collection” to honor the women who are being lifted out of dire circumstances, and for the women who are supporting their fight by purchasing it. We hope that our community will wear this jewelry close to their hearts and through giving they will also be more open to receive for themselves. Each piece of jewelry has a simplicity to it and is inspired by the body. A mantra is attached to each piece that focuses on the concepts of truth, harmony, surrender, gratitude and purity of spirit.
Human trafficking seems insurmountable, but through designing this collection and learning about the women who handcraft each piece, we have learned how the simple act of holding space for someone can have a ripple effect of empowerment in the community. From across the world we’ve watched as our designs were turned into beautiful pieces of jewelry, by hands we’ve never held, yet we feel their touch each time we wear it. The space we hold for the women in Cambodia creates a space were gratitude will bloom and healing will spread, and ultimately the space that will help us find clarity. Like the breath that we allow to freely come and go, we can also give and receive our time and energy freely without worrying that there will not be enough. We can hear our inner voice more clearly when we unite with others to help them find their own voice.
ABOUT SENHOA – Senhoa (pronounced “suh-no-a”) is a combination of two Vietnamese words – “Sen” (lotus) and “Hoa”(flower). A lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with breathtaking beauty, untouched by its impure surroundings. It is against this precise imagery that “Senhoa” was conceptualized to represent women and children, vulnerable to sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
Senhoa’s mission is to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation through empowerment, advocacy and prevention programs. The Senhoa brand provides safe and dignified employment for at-risk women and survivor artisans. By purchasing and wearing the jewelry, consumers raise awareness against modern slavery. 100 percent of profits from the Senhoa social business supports education and early intervention initiatives to protect and strengthen underprivileged communities. For more information, please visit senhoa.org.