Baby-Swinging Yoga Is Real: Meet the Children Who Survived It

by Accidental Bear

Shit, my mother most of been way ahead of her time. Growing up with 4 brothers, daily one of us were on the brink of choking to death. My mother with a Kool cigarette hanging from her lip and a can beer in one hand would use her free hand to swoop the choking brother up by his feet and shake him upside down until whatever was lodged into our throat came free. Thanks mom, I credit you for my love of yoga. Who knew?


Baby-Swinging Yoga Is Real: Meet the Children Who Survived It

Baby-Swinging Yoga Is Real: Meet the Children Who Survived It

Lena Fokina, the hardbodied Russian viral video star seen swinging babies here andhereis real. She teaches baby yoga for a living and raised two (seemingly) healthy daughters that way. And she just gave her first American interview!

Lena has a website where she advertises herself as a childrearing expert based in Dahab, Egypt. We tracked her down through her Russian booking agent, but were unable to interview her because of the language barrier. Enter Nathan Thornburgh: He’s a daddy blogger and who writes about Russia for Time magazine. He interviewedLena in her native Russian, and got her to explain her “extreme developmental gymnastics” techniques.

Baby-Swinging Yoga Is Real: Meet the Children Who Survived ItI’ve never heard of anything like this Baby Yoga. Is this traditional or did you invent it?

Life invented it; it was conveyed to us by the teacher and author of all these ideas, Igor Borisovich Charkovsky. […] Over the last 30 years, Charkovsky’s system has lived in Russia and has spread from there. Not everyone accepts it.

The first thing everybody here thought when they saw your baby-swinging video was “Holy shit!” Then they thought, is it real or fake? So: Is it real? If so, who is the baby?

The child was born in the Black Sea region. Her name is Platona, and she was two weeks old when we took that video. We have a lot of children like her here. They are early readers, singers, talkers, swimmers. You haven’t seen anything like it anywhere!! And there’s swimming with dolphins, scuba diving with them… Come to Dahab!


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One Comment to “Baby-Swinging Yoga Is Real: Meet the Children Who Survived It”

  1. My personal opinion is this is ABUSE. You may be able to get away with this in your country but in my country this is abuse.

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