Good news for Russia: the new Russian President Dmitry Medvedev seem to be more spiritual than any other leader of Russia since long. Apart from his understanding for Christianity, Medvedev is known for practicing yoga.
Medvedev, 42, whose name can be translated into Sanskrit as “Madhuvedi”, will be Russia’s so far only Indian Yoga practicing head of state. Indian media has been discussing the fact that Yoga is set to get a huge push in Russia, where the Indian art was banned and lessons were passed on secretly during the Soviet era.
“Every person has his own path to follow. One has to look into one’s own heart, but the state should create conditions that allow people’s desire to go to church to be satisfied,”Medvedev stressed.
Despite the growing influence of the Russian Ortodox Church and Medvedev`s good connection to it, there will be definitely a big interest for the Indian yoga and philosophy on the whole.
Russian local media said: If going by the recent post-Soviet traditions, when Boris Yeltsin’s hobby of playing tennis gave a spurt to the birth of a whole constellation of Russian tennis stars and Vladimir Putin’s Judo habits led to the popularity of oriental martial arts in the country, Medvedev’s yoga practicing could result in Russia having more yoga schools than India.
Knowing Russian nature I would believe it straight away! 🙂