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Yoga next for action man Vladimir Putin

Published 08/07/2015

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian prime minister Narenda Modi in Ufa (AP)
Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian prime minister Narenda Modi in Ufa (AP)
Vladimir Putin flies in a motorised hang glider alongside two Siberian white cranes on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia (AP)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin holds a tranquilizer gun in a Russian Academy of Sciences reserve in Russia's Far East on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. On Sunday Putin took part in the national program for preserving the population of the Ussuri tiger conducted by researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, centre, and Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, visit a Russian Academy of Sciences reserve in Russia's Far East on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. On Sunday Putin took part in the national program for preserving the population of the Ussuri tiger conducted by researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin holds the head of a tranquilized five-year-old Ussuri tiger as a researcher puts a collar with a satellite tracker on the animal in a Russian Academy of Sciences reserve in Russia's Far East on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. On Sunday Putin took part in the national program for preserving the population of the Ussuri tiger conducted by researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin holds a head of the tranquilized five-year-old Ussuri tiger as researchers put a collar with a satellite tracker on the animal in a Russian Academy of Sciences reserve in Russia's Far East on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. On Sunday Putin took part in the national program for preserving the population of the Ussuri tiger conducted by researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin locks a collar with a satellite tracker on the tranquilized five-year-old Ussuri tiger in a Russian Academy of Sciences reserve in Russia's Far East on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. On Sunday Putin took part in the national program for preserving the population of the Ussuri tiger conducted by researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. (AP Photo / RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin looks at the tranquilized five-year-old Ussuri tiger as researchers put a collar with a satellite tracker on the animal in a Russian Academy of Sciences reserve in Russia's Far East on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. On Sunday Putin took part in the national program for preserving the population of the Ussuri tiger conducted by researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)

He has flown with cranes, petted a polar bear and tranquilised a tiger, and now Vladimir Putin is ready to face the Downward Dog.

In a meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in the Russian city of Ufa, the president said he wants to try out the discipline of yoga.

Mr Putin, speaking through a translator as the two met for a summit of the Brics economic group, said "this is a very appealing kind of sport. I will consider what I can do in yoga, based on what I do in sports".

Mr Putin often shows himself as athletic and adventurous, engaging in judo bouts or arranging encounters with wild animals.

In one incident, he reportedly shot a tranquiliser dart at a tiger that charged his group in a forest.

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