Baby Yoga Video is Real and Real Scary, But Safe? (VIDEO) Has anyone seen this?!

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This is a video of a Russian lady preforming baby yoga on a two week old baby. I have never seen anything like this before and it really freaked me out!! I thought at first for sure this baby was just a doll but at the end you can clearly see, we all least to me anyways, that this baby is REAL! Also the article says this baby is real and is now 2 yrs old and fine. Im gonna copy and paste the link cuz i dont know how to attach a video but just put it into your search bar and check it out!

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This is what was written:

(CBS) Yes, the yoga baby video is real and really terrifying, at least to watch. But is it safe for baby?

If you haven't seen it yet, the video, which comes out of Russia, shows a woman tossing, twisting and spinning a baby in midair. She never lets go of the child's arm, but the images of a child being tossed around like that are pretty jarring to an American eye.

Some speculated the baby wasn't even real, but Nathan Thornburgh, a former Time magazine editor who blogs at Dadwagon, says he tracked both baby and baby swinger down for a chat.

The baby yoga guru, writes Thornburgh, is Lena Fokina, a 50-year-old Russian who lives in Egypt teaching yoga, free-diving and "dynastic gymnastics" (read baby yoga). The baby, he says, lives a few hours outside of Kiev, Ukraine, was only two weeks old when the video was shot, and is doing just fine two years later.

In fact, Fokina said baby yoga helps children have more mobility, freedom and independence and has been practiced in Russia for three decades. "They are early readers, singers, talkers, swimmers. You haven't seen anything like it anywhere!!" she told Thornburgh.

Want to hear what Fokina has to say about American babies, fat parents and trying this at home? Check out the full interview and more baby swinging pictures at

What do you think??


Isobel - posted on 02/08/2011




my problem with the video was that it would encourage idiots to do it with their children and severely damage them for life...It's entirely possible for that woman to be trained to do it safely...but to post it on youtube is stupid and irresponsible.

Isobel - posted on 02/08/2011




Shaken Baby Syndrome is a specific condition caused by the baby's head being shaken back and forth hard enough to bounce the brain off the skull and/or separate the brain stem from the the baby-yoga video the motions were all fluid and never once was the baby's neck no...I wouldn't imagine that if done properly it would have anything to do with SBS

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I'm sorry I couldn't continue to watch that. She should have had that child removed from her custody if it is hers. That is wrong. IDC who are or what you believe but you can do some serious damage to any child doing things like that. Dislocated joints, or even dropping the child. They don't walk at 2 weeks either. That was her just swinging the babies legs around and clearly you can see the child doesn't like it but is too afraid to scream and cry. OMG....I seriously NEVER want to run across her or I could hurt her. Things like this is abuse in my book and I HATE abusers and especially child abusers.


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Shauna - posted on 02/08/2011




I couldnt continue to watch it... freaked me out. At first glance of this thread i thougth to myself "baby yoga" well i do that! i got to a yoga class with my 10 mo old called earth mama and angel baby yoga. But its NOTHING like this. This terrifies me!!! i cant imagine doing that to a new born ... they are so fragile!!! .. my concern is like others have mentioned some idiot will try this with their baby and kill them!!!!

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But also the way the arms and legs were positioned. You guys are right wouldnt cause Shaking Baby Syndrome but would you let someone ( trained) do that yoga to your babies??

Katherine - posted on 02/08/2011




Stupid and irresponsible. I don't care if you know what you're doing or not!
There IS no knowing, this baby's joint's could be pulled out!!!!

Lysandra - posted on 02/08/2011




OMG!!!!!! I did a baby yoga class and it was nothing like that! Surely that cannot be ok for the child's neck if she hasn't got the muscle to hold her head up yet (which it looks like she's too young) then surely that can only damage her neck!??! Yet she doesn't seem to be crying or in distress, this could be because she is used to it or so completely dissorientated she doesn't know what to make of it, poor critter! But no I certainly won't be trying this with my child......ever!

Jenn - posted on 02/08/2011




I've seen this already. It is kind of shocking because it's not something we're familiar with and we've never seen anything like it before. I don't know enough about it to say whether or not it's safe, but clearly her child is just fine (this video is older - I've seen an update where the child is older). And no, it would have nothing to do with shaken baby syndrome - that requires the baby to literally be shook, causing their brain to slosh around in their skull and become bruised from the back and forth motion.

Bonnie - posted on 02/08/2011




Yeah I saw this before and I saw it being made fun of on a comedian's show. Just by looking at it, it seems so wrong! My guess is it is safe at least to an extent because the baby is obviously fine. My problem with it is, we all know how frale a baby is and we also know that there are a number of losers out there who would actually attempt to try this.

Tara - posted on 02/08/2011




Not knowing enough about the practice itself, I would have to say after watching it it looks like it's dangerous as hell, but obviously is not, if it's been done for 2000 years in russia, then well... okay... not my cup of tea, wouldn't do it myself but if it's your kid and you're confident in the person who is throwing them around, all the power to you.
Interesting as hell though.

Jenny - posted on 02/08/2011




I don't know enough about it to say if it is dangerous or not. It seems shocking to us because it is unfamiliar. I agree with Laura that it could encourage idiots so it should be shown with a warning. I'm not going to say it is outright dangerous in itself as what the hell do I know.

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LAURA: You are so right!! So you mean that this is ok for baby?? It doesnt put them in danger? ( when a trained person is doin it?) It doesnt put baby at risk for shaking baby syndrome? I really dont know a lot about this but i cant say that id be comfortable with a 2 week old baby being whirled around in the air by its legs and arms.

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