Women Twirls Baby Around Her Head in the Name of “Baby Yoga”

Via on Jan 19, 2011

Let’s ask the mothers: Disgusting or groundbreaking?

I would imbed this video here for you, but it was taken down off of YouTube for breaking YouTube’s policy’s against “shocking and disgusting content,” and the website it is currently hosted on is in Russian. Doesn’t matter, you don’t need to know Russian to be shocked and/or horrified by the “lariat-like” twirling of what looks like a very, very young baby at a Baby Yoga retreat in Egypt.

“Did they notice that the babies aren’t crying–they’re even laughing,” the women in the video, Lena Fokina, responded in an interview, “and that this system has been used for over thirty years in Russia and the children are all alive and healthy?”

It’s true, the baby just looks befuddled, and it looks like she’s gently doing the twirling, flipping, bouncing, and twisting, if such a thing is possible.

There is much more to the interview than what is found here and on BoingBoing, but BoingBoing being as popular as it is, it looks like the site with the interview – Dadwagonhad its servers crashed by the influx of curious visitors is back up! Check it out.

What do you think of this, yoga mothers?

About Alden Wicker

Alden Wicker is a freelance journalist and founder of EcoCult.com, a blog about all things sustainable in New York City and beyond. She also writes about electronic music, personal finance, and yoga for publications such as Well + Good, Refinery29, LearnVest, Huffington Post and Narratively.

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11 Responses to “Women Twirls Baby Around Her Head in the Name of “Baby Yoga””

  1. Joe says:

    Hmmm, I don't know. Seems wrong. I'm not a mother, not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV.

    But if it's truly been done for thirty years on many children… who knows. Doesn't look like a good idea. Not at all.

    Commence the shrieking!

  2. Alice2112 says:

    Dangerous for so many reasons. A baby's skull typically doesn't fuse til around age 2…

    • Jennifer says:

      It never "fuses". It always maintains a certain degree of malleability, hence powerful modalities like Cranio-sacral therapy. Not to say I support this…as a mom or a bodyworker. She look so disengaged from the baby while she's tossing her around. Creepy

  3. jackie says:

    Whats the point in this? Power trip? Impress friends? Save it for the poi.

  4. Chloe says:

    I don't know anything about the yogic validity of this method, but that video was hard to get through…

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  6. steve says:

    I lifted my son up by his wrists once when he was about a year old and totally dislocated his elbow!! CPS were called it was a nightmare. I still feel horrible about it. the doctor said it's called "nursemaids elbow" so I don't see how this could be a good idea at all..

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