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Baby yoga is a great way for your baby to get a little workout at the same time as you. When my daughter was first born, we did all kinds of yoga and resistance classes that incorporated the baby, so when I see the Baby Yoga with Lena Fokina video (AKA crazy baby yoga), that is what I see.
For those of you who were so horrified, I would urge you to look at the video again. She isn't actually hurting the baby, she is just swinging him with highly controlled, almost circus-like motions. And while I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that myself, Fokina seems relatively at ease and accustomed to doing it. She is a pro.
As Fokina said in her interview:
Did they notice that the babies aren’t crying -- they’re even laughing -- and that this system has been used for over thirty years in Russia and the children are all alive and healthy? If you need more proof, the best thing is to come see us.
I'm not signing up for the class just yet, but I still believe it's possible.
In the early days of my daughter's babyhood, I did a lot of resistance work using her as my "weights." She liked it because we were interacting and she was going up and down, and I liked it because I got toned arms and abs from it.
If this video is real, it's a slightly amped up version of those workouts I did with my baby, combined with the baby yoga we also did that actually DID involve some gentle swinging and rocking and no injuries! Now, I wouldn't trust myself to swing a new baby around my head or twist his arms the way Fokina does. Maybe it's because I am Russian, too, but I don't see anything in the video indicating that the baby is in danger. Sorry. I just don't.
The way Fokina handles the babies isn't all that different from the nurses in the hospital who are presumably paid to know what is safe for babies. I was shocked by the way our nurse picked up my daughter and jostled her around to burp her and bathe her and even to shush her. In fact, the rocking and swinging my pediatrician herself suggested were far rougher than I would have been comfortable with at first.
Fokina is not shaking the baby or causing traumatic brain injury, at least to my eyes. Perhaps the real lesson from all this is we all need to just simmer down. Maybe yoga is in order for us all.
Do you think the video is that bad?
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