“Happines is a journey – not a destination”

8 Apr

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Dear friends who takes the time to read my blog. 

A few of you have asked me “what has happened since June last year?” Well well well. I have been on a journey (a very personal one) and maybe one day I will be ready to share with you – maybe not. 

When I wrote last, I was about to finish my final exam as a yoga teacher, and was excited beyonds words the days beforehand. I knew this time I was ready, the student had found her teacher. 

I passed my exam and my teachers were just as pleased as me, and I believe also a little proud with my development. I can not explain the joy and freedom inside me, and I do not have to either……. 

Today I am teaching quiet a lot, including having my own workshops – besides having a full time job…… what the future will bring is unknown. One thing I do know though, is that I am very happy and my journey continues……. 

I have taken the liberty to share a few important statements from dear friends who have been so kind to write to me after reading my blog. Thanks dear friends – you know who you are;-)

Hi Birgitte, I have just enjoyed reading your blog about India. I have also just read your most recent blog and I just want you to know that I have the greatest admiration for you and your positive attitude to life. You are in many ways an inspiration for me…and I am sure for many others too. Best wishes my friend, G”

Thanks for sharing your learnings my friend. It has been delightful watching you grow spiritually. May the forces continue to be with you and keep you safe. strong and be balanced enabling you to understand and follow the purpose and path charted for you. Stay blessed my beautiful friend! D”

Best wishes to you all, 

Birgitte

 

 

 

 

 

 

“WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY THE TEACHER / TEACHING WILL APPEAR”

6 Jun

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It has been a while since I have been active on my blog. And this is not for any particular reason, or should I say on the contrary? 

For those of you have followed my blog from my travel in India last year, will recall that I was in Kerela, South India, as part of my yoga teacher training course facilitated by Hamsa Yoga Studio in Copenhagen. The TTC started in November last year, it was a very intense course, with the final exam middle of January this year. Before signing up for this TTC, one had to get accepted by the teachers and then there was a choice between participating in the very intense course with parts of it taking place in India, or study and practise during a 10 months period in Denmark. I enrolled for the intense practise knowing this would be very intense. Looking back I should have chosen differently. This would have given me more time to learn, practise and a much better understanding of the Anusara methods and language.  

Our exam was in the middle of January this year, I had been sick since Christmas, but worked hard with the rest of the “Kula” (the other students). At one point during one class I had to leave the room simply because I was out of breath and my body was exhausted – not due to the yoga but because of the state my body was in. I participated the whole week, though not active in all classes.  We all felt as ready as we could for our exam, all eager to pass. Maybe to eager to be honest. 

I did not pass the exam! I did not disagree with the judgement at all.  It did not come as a shock to me, however I will tell you tears were running down my cheeks while getting the feedback. Not fun at all! I had been working hard, done lots of styding and practising. Walking the streets of Copehagen that day, a cold beautiful day,  I soon realised there was a special teaching in this. A lesson /teaching which all by sudden gave a meaning beyond words to me, for that I am truely greatfull! A lesson which I would not have received if I had passed, a lesson which I will carry close and proud to my heart for the rest of my life. 

2012 have been one of the more challenging years on a very personal level. I was fired beginning of the year. That was one thing. And for those of you who know me well and are close to me, know another process I have gone through. The big questionmark about motherhood….. (completely different topic) 

Transformation takes time, to practise and learn the beautiful skills of yoga tradition is not something you can learn overnight or within a couple of months. It is an ongoing process. It might sound ridiculous, however I am completely honest when I share with you, that I soon realised I had been give a precious gift from my teachers the day I did not pass the exam! 

Life to for me all about balance, imbalance vs balance. Shiva and Shakti. One can not exits without the other. Sometimes we want things too much, and too fast, that to me creates imbalance. When in imbalance, it is not a question on how you are feeling, more a question on how you manage those feelings and stay with them. 

The past 6 months have been an important period in my life. One can not predict about the future, but staying in balance and being honest towards oneself means a great deal and when doing so the student is ready and the teacher / teaching will show. With that in mind, I look forward to this Sunday coming up, the day for my re exam with the other students of the TTC. 

Namasté,

Birgitte 

 

“Heading home…. for X-mas”

11 Dec

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It is said that home is where the heart is, can ones heart be in more than one place at a time? I hope so, at least for the time being. 

I did survive diarrihea with some help from Balu, the manager at Vedic Heritage and Alex Fernandez who is the guard at Dr. Unni’s place. During my long stay in India I have of course learnt about Yoga and the practise, but certainly also have I become more familiar with some of the local people and what their lives are like “behind the scenes”. The night I was very sick I had a consultation with Dr. Unni and it was coming to clousure time. Time was 8 pm. I had not eaten all day and needed something to strengthen me, and before I knew of it Alex appearred and invited me “backstage” of Dr. Unni’s Clinic – into the kitchen! Alex is the person we all during our TTC course have greated several times on our ways to and from yoga classes, he seems always to be at work – and he is! He is in his late fifties, works from morning to late evening every day.  I was somehow very surprised to see him show up in jeans and a red cap! He also has the job as a supervisor for the construction workers currently doing some work to the building! He gently guided me into the kitchen asked me to sit down while he started to cook rise soup for me! What a genuine man! He told me about his family life, what is like to have 3 daughters and 1 son, how to arrange the daughters marriages and the cost of this! Very enlightening to a western mindset. I could write a whole seperate blog just on this issue. That might be another time though. I felt better when I left Alex and went home to bed for a good nights sleep. Balu was waiting up for me, to make I was ok. I have rarely meet such a caring approach by people I hardly know. 

The last couple of days in Kovalam I chilled at the beach with some of the girls, practised yoga. On my last morning we all drove at to Coconut Bay at 5.30 am to do meditation and an easy yoga practise on the cliffs – that was not to easy with an uneven surface but it give us a real chance to work with the tools we have been given by Soham & Simon. The place is amazing and remote and to me the perfect spot to gather some more in depth thoughts about the last many weeks, the TTC course, personal stuff and thoughts on the future. 

I have reached a point where I am ready to return back to cold Denmark at a time of year where most people wish to travel abroad to the sun and heat. Impressions are many and my head and system needs a break from it all now, I simply need to digest the last many weeks at my own speed, need some tranqulity and peace around me. No more street sales people to me for a while! India is truely incredible in many aspects but also pretty though at some points. What has made the biggest impression during my weeks in India? Hmm that is a though one to answer. 

Participating in the TTC course is of course a very big part of the whole journey. But moments like participating at the local beach with the fishermen pulling the fishingnet for hours was pretty impressive. Being almost in the middle of an eagle attack was something very different and scared me a lot! Swimming with my fellow yogis at sunset after a hard day of practise. All the children playing at the beach and the local people asking for pictures with me in them. The conversations with Nancy from the Ayuverdic clinic where I have had a lot of great treatments. Balu, the manager at Vedic Heritage, and his tea making. The day at the local market in Trivandrum buying plenty of spices to the price of almost nothing. My first purchase order for yogamats and bolsters which I will start selling for Christmas presents. I could continue on and on and on……

Heading back home I had an odd feeling about the trip and again my intuition was my strongest adviser; I had packed as if I was to stay overnight in Dubai since there was hardly any time for transfer. It showed to be a good idea, for here I am in Dubai and will fly home tomorrow! Again I am up for a new adventure, I will go and explore Dubai and do some quality shopping, my insurance is giving me an allowance to buy some clothes and practival stuff that is needed. Also I will be meeting with Andrea, a girl I met during our TTC course in Vietnam – can not wait to catch up with her! Bearing in mind that I have been in India I am preparing myself to the huge contrast I am about to explore! With that in my mind I head for the center of Dubai – next stop after this Wonderful Copenhagen! See you soon dear family and friends!

Best wishes from Dubai, 

 

Birgitte

 

“Next stop Cochin, Kerela & meeting with the local people.”

9 Dec

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While in India one must prepare for everything; a “planned” 2 hours drive can easily become a 4 hour drive! And there is nothing you can do about it, nothing at all so you might as well just sit back and leave it to the driver. Ohh dear I am happy I have left that task to another person! Another challenge on my trip was the communication between my driver and me. In the beginning I was under the impression he understod and spoke better English, however after several yes, yes, yes it was clear to me that I was wrong! I was getting absolutly nowhere with my conversation, and had to let my intention go. There I was on my way from Alleppey to Kochi, in the middle of crowded India with a driver with whom I could not communicate! But for those of you who know me, I am not that easy to divert from my purpose. When approaching Kochi 4 hours later, I needed to find a place to stay, and it was as if the driver had decided where that should be in agreement with the lady who had arranged this trip. I had been recommended a place by a friend and for some reason the driver was pretty hesitant to find that place but took me to another place first which he thought was appropriate for me – but no way I was staying there. When travelling alone one thing I listen to the most it my gut feeling about a place, and this was not what I was looking for. We continued our seach and after looking at more than 8 places I found the greatest little place in a small alley with only 4 rooms, one was free and this was what I had been looking for! My driver looked somehow distressed at me, and I could not at first work out the reason, but something was not right. He got on the phone to the woman back in Kovallam, and they spoke for some time, afterwards he passed the phone to me. From our conversation I understood that the driver simply could not afford to stay in this place (It was RSP 3000,- = DKR. 300,-) hence he had been trying to find a different place! I explained to the woman I was under the impression that he would find his own place and simply come and pick me up 2 days later, but so much for communication. I felt really bad about this whole situation, and the social gap between me and the driver became even more evident. I dediced quiclky to give the driver some money so he could find himself a good place to stay for the next couple of nights, and he looked pretty pleased with that situation. I felt really akward about this, but was happy that I found this place for the next couple of days. http://cochinheritage.com/

Cochin (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country‘. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.

I was exticted to be here and looked forward to exploring this historical landmark of India.  I was heading towards the water and the first thing that stroke me was the dirtyness of the beach, I was quiet surprised! And even more surprised to see that many people swimming in the ocean! I continued my walk down to the world famous Chinese Fishing nets. The nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets. It was a real beautiful setting at sunset, and I as many other tourist took hips of  pictures.

On my way back I stopped at a small shop, I was looking for a place to do some yoga, and before I knew of it I had a yoga mat under my arm, and an agreement to join the local people on the beach the next morning at 6 am! Great stuff! The yoga was organised by one of the politicians on a  volunteering basis every morning at 6 am. It is like a gentlemen club. (a bit like the men back home meeting in the saunas discussing business and or politicis) Here I was, me and 10 local men! Surprise surprise;-) Nothing new to me! We did yoga for an hour and a half and afterwards they were very interested in knowing some more about me and where I was from. I was invited for tea afterwards by one of the men who wished to introduce me to his wife. The funny thing was that, his wife did Indian cooking classes and I decided to join later that day for some more local insights! What a day filled with great moments! This evening I went early to bed, and I made a change of my travel plans.

I was meant to drive up the Munnar, one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Kerela. With a large expanse of tea plantations, forests, wildlife and mountains. But I soon realised the drive would be 5 hours getting there and 8 hours back to Kovalam! As much as I know I would have loved this, I decided to go back to Kovalam the day after, my tolerance is pretty ok, but I am not that crazy to sit in a car on the roads of india for more than 13 hours and one overnight! I believe the driver was pleased with my decession, we left Cochin at 9 am and got into Kovallam at 3.30 pm. I was exchausted and tired after that long drive, and reaching Vedic Heritage, Charles greated me by saying “Welcome back Birgitte  – you look very tired!” And I was. What I did not know was that I was beginning to feel sick, and there is a saying in India “ It is not a question if you get a Dehli Belly – but  more when you get it!” I was hit the day after with vomiting and diarrhea!

Best regards from Incredible India – despite vomiting & diarrhea!

Birgitte

“At your service mam!” Tour de Alleppey

7 Dec

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After finishing my first chapter in our Yoga TTC course I now have 8 days on my own to explore India – or should I say part of India. This is such a huge country more than 3.287.000 km2, a country with 25 states and 7 union territories and a population with approx. than 1.2 billion inhabitants. A whole nation filled with contrasts. I have decided to stay with the state of Kerela, to explore part of this and see if I could escape from the buzz and all the street sales people at Lighthouse Beach approaching you all the time. My Indian colleague, Edward from Bangalore, had recommended a trip to Alleppey, this is a huge backwater area and very beautilful. They way to get around is to hire a houseboat for a night or two. Being on my own I was told it would be very pricy but definetly a trip worthwhile. Most of  my fellow yogis who still are in India, have decided to stay at Lighthouse Beach to have treatments at Doctor Unni’s place, so i decided to go by myself. I realised quickly that the local travel agents were not to committed to ensure they looked after all my needs, and yes they are pretty high and since I am travelling by myself I wish to feel at ease and being looked after. Talking to the local shopkeeper, where I have bought my water during the last 3 weeks, I asked him about Allepey and before I knew of it I was introduced to “Indigora”, we quickly agreed she could arrange my trip and I left my destiny in her hands for the next 5 days! I had now booked 2 nights on a houseboat at the backwaters of Alleppey, 2 nights in Fort Kochin and 1 night at the hills of Munnar. All this with private driver, a relative of hers. Hmm wondered if he would be tall, handsome and likeable?? It for sure would do no harm, but most important would be that he got me from A to B and back and I felt safe. 

During one of Soham’s lectures on Ayuverda, he give us a brief description of the 3 Dosha’s; Vata, Pita and Kapha. A way from which you live and experience  life from one own’s inner perception. (Ooh I hope I am expressing myself in a way you understand?) 

All 3 dosha’s see the world and react differently, however 2 of them will compliment each other. Soham enjoys to travel and his decription of the 3 different ways of travelling was somehow pretty revealing! 

Vata people: 

Enjoys city breaks, travelling on occassions by themself, are very intuitive, anything can happen and often wishes to travel to warm countries. 

Pita people: 

Likes “theme vacations”, they often have a set purpose with their travel ei: to esperience a well known museum, to visit a world heritage place, their travel can also be extreme; skiing, diving etc. 

Kapha people: 

They often do not travel far, if something wild is happening it can be a spa treatment in Polen, they enjoy to reach the travel destination by their own car and will properly have prepared their own coffee and lunch to take with them. 

Some of my fellow yogis were very interested in my 5 days impulsive trip. When they heard I had my own driver, a houseboat including full crew, and simply just wanted to go with the flow and the feeling of the day, one of the girls laughed out loud and simply said; “you are totally Vata Birgitte”, I am sorry I can not go with you, however being Kapha it might not be such a good idea either!” We both laughed loud and smiled being amused by her honest comment.  

Heading for Alleppey, I was so tired from the last 3 weeks constant interacting with a lot of people, I simply wanted to sit back and relax! But I was being very optimistic here, that is simply not possible when driving in India! It took us 5 hours to reach Allepey where 3 men were waiting for me! I was gently greeted “Welcome Mam!” lets go to the boat and lets head out on the water. Ooh yes this sounded good, but what about my driver? Where would he be while I was gone for the next couple of days? I was somehow surprised also to see him join on the boat half an hour later! I had paid a lot of money for this trip and now was under the impression I also was paying for him. But this was the situation and here I was heading for the beautiful waters of Alleppey, me and 4 men I did not know! No one knew where I would be for the next couple of days, no one had any kind of information and my family back home in Denmark did not have the slightes clue! I decided to trust the situation and my  gut feeling told me everything would be fine. After an hour “Indigora” called my driver to speak with me to see if everything was to my satisfaction. I confirmed but did not understand her 100%. The next couple of days I simply did nothing  but to relax. sleep, enjoyed the setting and studied a little bit. My meals were cocked and served with love from the chef, however the skipper was a little drunk at nighttime, but I felt in control of the situation and my driver was looking after me. Never in my life have I had a driver, skipper, chef and a waiter at my dispposal like this, no wonder they must have thought I am very rich to be able to take a trip alone like this. I guess I am when one is comparing to their Indian standard, but at home I am not on the contrary I would say. They have a job and I do not – that made me think for the next couple of days! To the whole situation I was pretty humble, and I will also admit I am beginning to miss my own home a little now. Home is where your heart is, and no doubt my heart is in India for now, but it belongs to my family, friends and my own home. Did I feel lonely on this boat by myself, why did I not travel with my loved one, was I married and how many kids did I have? All these questions from the waiter on board. I knew my ring would come in handy at some stage during my trip in India. A ring I had taken with me to avoid all these questions. I went to my cabin and put it back on and the friendly waiter stopped asking me all these private questions! Mission accomplished I smiled to myself. One day I will be with my own family but for now I am who I am and that is pretty awesome!  

Warm wishes from Incredible India

Birgitte

 

“18 days & 130 hours of Yoga practise in South India, Kerala completed”

5 Dec

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We have now finished our main chapter in our Yoga TTC course in Kovalam, South India and it has been a wonderful journey. Now we will spread just like a  feathers flying in the wind, some will fly directly back home to cold Denmark, some will stay a couple of days more at Lighthouse Beach and some of us will continue to explore this incredible country either in groups or alone. But this is not a chapter closing simply a new chapter which is about to begin. And best of all we will all met again in Wonderful Copenhagen for a full week of more yoga practise before our final exam end of January 2013. 

The last 3 weeks have for me been very special, new friendships have been made, no big dramas have surfaced, a lot of hard work and a body that has gone beyond what I have thought would have been its limits. Each day we have had between 7-8 hours practise in asanas (Yoga), meditation, pranayama, asana alignment, anatomy, philosophy, chanting and story telling. I will miss many things from the last 3 weeks, but one thing I will miss the most is Soham’s incredible funny way of telling stories about the Hindi Gods, and their meaning translated into a context so that we European understand it! And that is pretty awesome! Thanks Soham for sharing your great stories with us, I am now waiting for you to record them – and I guess I am not the only one! We have had different test during this course; anatomy test, test in our understanding of Lower body & Upper body when it comes to form (how to create a good fundation which is very important in order to progress with yoga). Most test made a lot of sense and I have understood most of it – now it is about getting it into practise and keep it very simple to start with. The most common mistake we yogis make, is that we simply focus on many different topics at the same time – our challenge is simply to give direct and clear instructions to our students! I will focus on this during my own practise until we all met again in Wonderful Copenhagen. There is a saying; KISS which stands for “keep it simple stupid” maybe that is the right way to put this challenge.  

Hamsa Yoga studio, http://www.hamsayoga.dk/ has approx. 200 students each day most of the year, their teachers are very talented and I see now how they have become so competent at what they do and the way they teach. One thing is to being taught by the best, another thing is to find your own style and to stay with your integrity and find your own style. On one occassion I had a general talk with Simon, I needed a few tricks to get better alignment in one of the many asanas. The next day we were about to begin making sequences and teaching one another. We spoke about my experience in teaching and how different Anusara Yoga is to what I am used to. One of the advice Simon gave me, was to try and see if I could look at their way of teaching and adapt best possible to their style, this, he said, would properly be one of my biggest challenges since I already had great experience. I am happy we had this conversation, this showed to me that we were aligned and both understood this challenge. During the next couple of days we began to teach in smaller groups and I was not the only one challenged! But we had a lot of fun, and little by little we better and better in our ways of communication with each other. Boy this is a very powerful way of communication and it is pretty obvious when you have made a mistake or two; my fellow yogis would simply stand in many different directions if not instructed directly and simply! One should have taken some pictures! (maybe it is a good thing no one did!) During our 3 weeks we each had an evaluation with Soham and Simon, it was a mutual feedback. They seemed happy with me and pleased to see I had my own style and did not have too many difficulties to adapt to the Anusara style. They give me some great personal feedback which I will keep to myself for the time being. Clearly they know my intention by taking this education, and both told me I was brave to enter a new world, a new language and a new way to practise yoga. And for that they are grateful.  

Our last practise together in India, was filled with gratitude, joy and happiness.  Each of us had to draw an asana and number for our exam on 19.-20th of January 2013. One of my favorite asanas is Urdhva Dhanurasana and I was so lucky to get that! It is a peak pose, and can be pretty challenging to most people including me! Our exam is written, oral and practical – no easy way out, the standard is high, and I love it! We must complete 4 written pages about the asana, where we give an analysis of the anatomy of the asana, alignment instructions, our thoughts on sequencing , aspects of the mental and physical effects from the asana. Also we must include a whole sequence on a real one and a half hour yoga practise made by us. This is beside the 4 written pages. On top of this we need to prepare us self that we will be asked to teach 15 min from anywhere in our sequence, and questions will be asked afterwards. Deadline is Monday 14th of January 2012 at 8am. Oh yes this is real time and very serious! Soham explained us why they set their standards so high and also shared with us that it is normal not all students will pass the first time around. He simply wishes to make sure all have a real high level, to me that makes a lot of sense and is in alignment with my own expectations to this education. Besides this TTC course I have also completed Sivananda TTC course in Vietnam 2010, and this year Fitness Worlds 6 weeks yoga education. I know by now that the Yoga TTC course facilitated by Hamsa Yoga Studio is by far the most professionel one! 

At the end of the class Simon asked us to make a circle, grab each other hands  while he began his last meditation. The room was filled with energy and I could feel a few tears running down my cheeks, tears of happiness, joy, love and relief. 3 weeks have gone and then some, I am happy to share with you, that most of my expectations to this Yoga Teacher Training Course have been fulfilled and for those of you who have believed strongly in my decession, supported me and made this possible, for that I am very grateful!! And for those of you who do not know me, I hope you feel inspired to continue your yoga practise or even try out Yoga if you have not already done so. My website is due to be updated, but please find the link below:

www.livingspirit.dk

I will be happy to answer any questions you might have, simply just drop me a line and I will be in touch! Look forward to hearing from you, 

Om Shanti. 

Birgitte.

 

 

 

 

 

“The 5 acts of Shiva”

29 Nov

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The other day we had half a day off, a day where the sun had decided to not reveal itself. I wish only I had done the same, however it was not the case. 

During the last week of our yoga practise we have now been taken to a level higher; now we are learning how to set an intention (amongst many other things) for our practise, also when we teach each other. This to me is not something new, however Soham always has an interesting angle to add to things, there is never a dull moment when he is around! 

An intention for a yoga class could be, to make the yoga students feel more energized after their class, feeling more grounded, or give them a real Kick a…. class, all depending on the class, students and atmosphere. This is an important balance we yoga teachers need to navigate in. 

With this in my mind (Oh Soham is teaching me well) I was very hooked to find my own special Shiva, and of course not in Light House Beach, ohh no it had to be far away to make this purchase real speciel! Two of the other yogis wanted to come with me so we shared a Tuk Tuk and drove approx. 30 min to this special antique shop. The shop was a true heaven for people looking for their special exquiste sculpture of either Buddha, Shiva, Laksmi, Garnesh, Saraswati etc. All special pieces not to be seen anywhere else in India. Courious we walked around in the shop and each of us found our piece, or did it find us? Hmmm not to sure. I had decided beforehand I was interested in a sculpture of Shiva. That was my intention. 

Shiva is the god of yogis, and in one of our lectures the other day we learnt about “The 5 acts of Shiva”.

  • “Shrishti – creation, evolution
  • “Sthiti” – preservation, support
  • “Samhara” – destruction, evolution
  • “Tirobhava” -illusion
  • Anurgraha – release, grace

I could go into a lot of details here, but I am affraid to loose those of you who have not entered all the great stories about Shiva, and that is not my intention. 

When we entered the shop we were left alone, though the shopkeeper had acknowledged us. After some minutes he approached us, and asked if we were looking for something special, aren’t we all I asked quietly to myself. 

Before continuing my little story about my own very special Shiva, I will share with you, that on every vacation I take, I always make one real clumsy touristy decession, and for some reason I sensed this was about to happend again – in this shop! 

The guy who had approached us was a real great salesperson, I felt like being a fish caught in a net, but in a very elegant way I must admit, and at the same time I was also amused! I have been working with sales for many years and know a lot of tricks, and when we were offered tea I knew we had send the right signals. At first I did not accept, but looking at many different Shivas at the same time (they were not cheap either) I felt my choice was even more important…. what a lot of b….s…. because i know what I want when I see it, but boy these Indians are good business people! I accepted the tea, sat down and all by sudden the owner, “Mr. Lucky” appeared and took over! Such a charmer, he give me full attention spoke about the different stories of Shiva,while I was drinking my tea realising this was the moment where I would  make my clumsy touristy decession while in South India! Well I accepted the situation, laughed silently at myself and when it came to discussing the pricing Mr. Charming sat with a Japa Mala in his hands and made it look very unique and special. The price was the price no bargain here! It was as if I had offended him and his shop, but he was playing his game and I tried to play mine! To cut a long story short, I left the shop after 2 cups of tea, my special Shiva and the Japa Mala the owner had made so special, best of all he offered to drive us home! We must have paid way to much for our sculptures was my initial thought, but how was I to judge that? I did not know this guy nor his intention, maybe he just wanted to be very polite and to give us a real good impression of how to treat a VIP costumer? I accepted the situation, walked out to his car and 20 min. after we were home including my beautiful Shiva! Maybe I have been fulled that day, but one thing is for sure; I will not have been without this experience, and second; everytime I look at my very special Shiva I will think about this one moment in a small village outside Kovalam in South India!  And yes by writing this blog, I have revealed a little bit about myself, my tendency to always make a classical touristy crazy decision while on Holiday! 

Warm regards to all of you from Incredible India,  

Birgitte