‘Baby Yoga’ Technique Goes Viral – Parents Cautioned on Dangers

Most parents wouldn’t even imagine swinging their babies around, but one Russian woman, Lena Fokina says that doing so is actually good for them and tries to pawn the frightening “technique” off as a form of yoga. A video of her performing the act has gone viral on the internet(below), and while most parents are disgusted, the trend seems to be catching on.

Russian therapist Lena Fokina swinging a newborn

In the technique, the former physical education instructor flips, spins, and somersaults infants as young as two weeks old, sometimes by only one limb. Most infants are screaming throughout the “yoga” session and one even vomited in mid-air. But Lena still insists that the technique is good for them and that it aids in development.

“It’s very good for babies and not dangerous at all. Some babies cry at first, but they begin to enjoy it,” Lena said. “Most people think young babies can only lie on a bed, eat and cry. But babies are born with natural reflexes which we can use to help them develop physically and intellectually.”

Parents pay a hefty penny for this glorified form of child abuse – £255 per family to be exact. What’s most disturbing about the whole situation is that the parents standing by, watching their infants being tossed and flipped, screaming and crying, are undisturbed by the supposed yoga technique.

The technique has been banned from many websites because of concerns over the safety of the method, and rightly so. Physicians have warned parents for years that “dramatic and unnatural movements” can lead to retinal hemorrhaging and swelling and bleeding in the brain, a condition otherwise known as Shaken Baby Syndrome. The movements inflicted on these infants are anything but natural.

Lena also suggested that parents can actually learn these techniques, possibly within just one instruction session.

“The amount of time it takes to train an adult to do it on a child depends on the sensibility of the child’s parent. Sometimes it only takes one training session,” Lena said.

Lena Fokina swinging

Worst of all, this trend seems to be catching on. While her practices have mostly taken place in Ukraine and Russia, she says that working England is on her upcoming agenda.

“I work with parents from across Europe. I hope soon I will be working with a family in England. I think there are a number of open-minded parents there whose babies could benefit from my work,” she said.

Parents use their best judgment when it comes to raising their children and doesn’t feel compelled to subject their baby to something just because it is “the latest trend.” Things like this are just downright dangerous and frightening.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all about natural healing methods like yoga, meditation, and plant-based diets, but this is rather extreme. And the fact that parents watching and paying for these services and standing by, apathetic to the potential dangers of “baby yoga” is a little disturbing, to say the least.

Just remember brain damage is forever and it occurs quickly.  Here is a video of a class in Egypt.  Note that the moms are the ones ‘performing’ the technique.  Also note that they appear to have no idea what they are doing.

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Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done.


  • ‘Lena’ what ever the f#c& her last name is shows how easy stupid ‘followers’ can be conned in to anything and everything especially if they have to pay for what they think is ‘cutting edge!’
    Not one of those children looks even remotely like they are okay let alone having fun with it! It’s bullshit! Watching Lena with someones child like it is a trapeze artist was so disturbing that my hand was over my mouth the whole time!!!!And the masses just standing by and watching some with concerned faces obviously looking at others to see there response. They actually stood there as if maybe they were misunderstanding what they were seeing!
    This is how ‘cult’ behavior starts…The most evil of evil had to have followers,right?! Yes!!! I kept waiting for an infants mother to stop twirling her own children while showing off her lovely twirling technique and yoga bikini body to the stunned onlookers! People watching adults mind you taking these children under the water as if they had gills never being able to catch a breath or when it was coming!While watching small children being dunked in the water it was hard to breath I felt the terror these children must be feeling.
    I kept waiting for this Lena persons horns and a forked tail would emerge.This IS CHILD ABUSE! What does she think she is some New age Guru?!
    These People are paying someone to ‘teach’ them to abuse their own children. To totally disregard their children’s responses…”Oh, it’s good for children to cry, it helps them to have healthy lungs…” Bull crap! Just wait, one of those poor babies is going to aspirate vomit into it’s lungs and die,or gets a parasite from dirty water…I cannot wrap my mind around what I just saw, I thought I’d seen it all with Alicia Silverstone chewing her food in her mouth and then spitting it in to his mouth as a bonding experience?! We are not neanderthals we have food processors and organic foods to appease her vegi- mama thing, She must think her mouth doesn’t have germs…and her poop doesn’t stink either right?
    At least this seems mild in comparison compared to Lena what the f&#k her name is…Hate her!!!!!!!!!
    Stupid people!!!

  • Stupidity knows NO limits. “After a while the babies start to like it”???? really? Nobody would like this, infant, adult, animal, sea creature etc. Its one thing to train yourself to swing on stuff, but to be swung without a trace of command or say so in the matter is battery. Plain and simple. The worst thing and most obvious evil is that even dumber people will see this and “try it at home” for gods sake.

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