Does Putin practice yoga?

Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that he envies those who managed to achieve results in yoga.

“You know, I prefer to look at yoga from outside and I very much envy those who achieve some tangible results. This just shows the character of the people who achieve such results in this activity. Sometimes you look – and just cannot believe your eyes,” said Putin in answer to a question asked by an Indian journalist – of whether he plans to take up yoga.

The President noted that Russians love Indian culture.

“In general, we are very fond of Indian culture. In Russia there is a Paid-TV channel, which is constantly showing Indian films,” added the President.

In July of last year, at a meeting in Ufa with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Russian leader promised him to try and practice some yoga, as part of his overall sports training. “It may not be my thing,” the President of the Russian Federation said at that time. In answering the question of journalists months later – whether he had begun taking yoga classes, Putin noted that this practice “involves development from the physical to the spiritual”. “Let’s just say that I have started with the spiritual,” the head of state answered smiling.

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