Baby Yoga

January 20, 2011 by staff 

Baby Yoga, When I saw the viral video of a Russian woman, Lena Fokina, swinging a child around her head, I thought, “This is a travesty.” But recent reports of further investigation into this disturbing video have shown that it is real, which made me think this lady is nuts.

The video appeared on YouTube, is presented as “yoga baby” and represents what Fokina calls “extreme mental gymnastics.” But this could not be further from the truth. I’m all for yoga baby. It has been around a long time, and in many cases, it can be very beneficial for both mom and baby.

Baby Yoga enhances proper bonding, motor skills in infancy, and is safe and pleasant for both mother and child. However, most models used in baby yoga are age, and they slowly introduce postures to the developing child. Swinging a child like a rag doll is not fair. I could not imagine what an imitation watch that video could think to do with their child six months.

In reading some of the logic behind the exercise fool seen in the video did not convince me a little that could be beneficial to everyone – let alone a child. And as I watched it unfold, it reminded me more of a sideshow than an actual exercise routine.

What worried me is that the more it appears that Fokina imitates animals physical activity – such as primates – and apply it to humans, especially babies. Yes, babies are stronger and more flexible than older humans, but nevertheless, their skeletal anatomy is quite human. There are limits in the joints of the human body, and although we are often able to stretch the body beyond its limits, which can cause serious problems later in life. To force children into positions prematurely could seriously harm their natural development across the board.

There is a Russian woman living in Egypt, who runs a sort of baby yoga center. Real small babies. Real, “not” yoga. Although the difference of many things that we call yoga in this day and age (and are not really), it is so bizarre, so maybe crazy, and quite possibly criminal, it could just the rest of the world of yoga take a step back and a little introspection.

Apparently, the U.S. hosted video sites (eg YouTube), he removed, and it was considered dangerous.

Yoga. An eight-fold path. Some practice of asana, pranayama some, meditation, following the Yamas and niyamas, then the most obscure, if you’re lucky to have time for such luxuries.


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