Thoughts on Samadhi, crazy Russian yoga bans and Big Wednesday

Back from our first blog Moon Day, and not that we found Samadhi there, but maybe this can help you get there:

The very opposite of that, I think, is this story, which as these stories always do is getting a ton of coverage because… crazy:

Officials in the central Russian city of Nizhnevartovsk have called off all yoga classes held in both private and municipal facilities as part of a crackdown on “religious cults.”

According to the Moscow Times, which cited a report in the RussianKommersant daily, the owners of two of the city’s main hatha-yoga studios received letters from government officials telling them to immediately cease their classes because the practice of yoga could “spread new religious cults and movements.”

Yoga classes have also been taking place at a stadium and public meeting hall in Nizhnevartovsk. However, the heads of the local departments for physical culture and education received letters as well, the Moscow Timessays, describing yoga as “inextricably linked to religious practices” and having a distinct “occult character.”

I have not yet seen a response from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

But here’s a tacit response from not-NBA MVP but clearly the world’s best basketball player:

As’s Ken Berger broke down during the NBA Finals, LeBron James may be a well-oiled machine but his body still needs to be taken care of appropriately. Which is why James took the time to teach attendees at the Nike Basketball Academy how to properly stretch using the ancient art of yoga.

The quick little story includes this oh-so-wonderful line: “Of course James is not a certified yoga instructor but like anyone that has taken a class before, he probably knows the basics.” And that qualifies you!

Finally, we’re a day late in pointing you to Tim Miller’s latest blog post, which was on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning’s confluence of Venus and Jupiter:

At 00:51amPDT Venus and Jupiter make their long awaited conjunction at 28 degrees Cancer, in Ashlesha nakshatra.  Asuraguru (Venus) and Devaguru (Jupiter) assemble their forces for the churning of the Kshirasagara—the Ocean of Milk—to bring the prized Amrita, the nectar of immortality, to the surface.


In the great churning of the Ocean of Milk on “Big Wednesday”, the waves will be huge, and many things will surface, including the Amrita.  Whether we get barreled or wipeout depends entirely on us—we won’t have the luxury of a stand-in to do our surfing for us.

What Tim’s referring to there is, of course:

And I’ll be taking that blog post as tacit approval of my spending more time in the water in Encinitas than at the shala while all those Third Series people are training.

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