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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