Posted by Jot Khalsa

We are in the early Fall in New England. Always a lovely time of year, with leaves on trees beginning to take on vibrant colors and the weather cooling off nicely. I had the good fortune later this summer to attend the annual Yoga Festival in the Loire Valley in France, a charming area about 2 hours south of Paris in the French countryside. There are numerous castle-like chateaus throughout the region, with marvelous and varied architecture, artifacts and history. This is my 8th year in a row attending this event and I’ve visited all of the major chateaus there. I’m normally leading a workshop or two at the Festival, relaxing a bit and selling my things in the evening. It is always an uplifting experience to be at this festival, where there are numerous opportunities to visit with many who come from all over the world. Immediately after the Festival I flew to U.K. for the first time. I’ve traveled quite a few places in the world but this was my first trip there, spending a week between Birmingham and London. My plan, which went well I’m grateful to report, was to promote a kirpan (Sikh knife) of my design that I’m producing in Asia, visit with colleagues and friends and share some of my new jewelry designs, and also to meet with folks interested in placing custom orders for my knives, swords and kirpans. I had the good fortune to meet with a most respected leader of a large Birmingham Gurdwara (Sikh temple) who was kind enough to share some time and insights related to the concept of the kirpan, and its sacred significance for the Sikh Panth (community.) I was very grateful for his kindness and generosity. Those who hosted me while there were most gracious as well, and it was a wonderful week in Britain! Even did a radio interview on Punjab (Northern India) Radio!
I’m still in the process of uploading all of the various things to this site that are in inventory – consider checking back regularly and there should be new items. There are new designs coming quite soon as well!
Blessings, Jot Singh