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Baby Yoga What's the Big Deal?

By Madeline Holler |

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Sure, swing my son.

One of the first things I figured out as a new mom is that babies are kind of hard to break. Not that I was trying! But things happened.

The crappy “bassinet” feature of the pack-n-play caved in with my squirmy 3-week-old on board. The floppy newborn neck got the best of my as-yet uncoordinated cradling arms. I didn’t really know that books on a shelf could possibly come tumbling down on a new crawler/sly-book-tugger … until they did.

So Lena Fokina? The Russian baby yoga lady? She doesn’t bother me much.

I mean, would I have signed up my newbies for classes with her? No. But that’s more a matter of me being not so hot on all matters of snake oil.  Anyway, Fokina claims that swinging infants around by their arms is a way of making them more courageous and what I’m looking for in my young children is fear, anguishing fear and whatever else will keep them from climbing up on the dinner table and dive-bombing onto the nearby couch! (That’s really gotten on my nerves over the years.)

Now, w0uld I have, let’s say, allowed her to demonstrate her technique on one of my kids? Welllll, truthfully, I can see me running away in tears if it had been my precious oldest one, and walking indignantly away with my sturdy second. But my third? I’d have stripped him naked and tossed him to her. What the heck, you know?

Would have made a fun Facebook post, right?

Image: Dadwagon

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Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Baby Yoga What's the Big Deal?

  1. cheri says:

    OMG those babys look little. And naked.

  2. LogicalMama says:

    Ok, but right there by all those rocks?

  3. Chelsea Ann Layton says:

    This is NOT okay! Havent any of you ever heard of shaken baby syndrome?! Yall are idiots babys are fragile beings & you HAVE to be careful with them, I dont care what your trying to do… Or how tough you want them to be, you DO NOT swing your 2 week old infant around by its tiny, weak little arms or legs!!

  4. kimmy says:

    srsly are you retarded she can harm those babys 100% she can pop out the sockets by holding them like that she could smash them off rocks and what if her hands slip and she drops them like do you want ur kid with future joint problems or brain damage not to mention the fact that there gunna puke there guts up after take some parenting courses not fake baby yoga real yoga is simple strecthing do u go to a yoga calss and get tossed around no

  5. Jackie Starns says:

    My question is: Does this woman have any children of her own? Or did they all die in infancy by being dropped on their head?

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