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Babies left screaming in terror as they are swung round head of 'baby yoga' guru
DailyMail ^ | February 27, 2012 | David Baker

Posted on 02/27/2012 11:06:23 AM PST by Altariel

Frightening images of babies as young as two weeks old being flung around a therapist's head have shocked millions around the world.

And now the Russian woman filmed spinning the babies by their wrists and ankles has confirmed she hopes to bring the practice to the UK.

Lena Fokina can be seen flipping a baby over her head in her bizarre 'baby yoga' routine which has been banned from a number of websites for fear that it glorifies child abuse.

Many viewers believed the moves must have been performed on dolls but the 51-year-old says they are definitely real babies and she has been practising the techniques for the past 30 years.

Lena was tracked down at a seminar called 'Parenting the Deliberate Way' in Dahab, Egypt, where parents from across Europe were paying her to perform the same moves on their infants, some just months old.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: babies; childabuse; humanist
Full Title: It's the hurly learning centre! Babies left screaming in terror as they are swung round head of 'baby yoga' guru who claims it is GOOD for them
1 posted on 02/27/2012 11:06:28 AM PST by Altariel
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To: Altariel
Lena Fokina with a baby
Lena Fokina swinging the child
Up goes the baby

Bizarre: Even though the babies are clearly uncomfortable as they are swung and flipped by therapist Lena Fokina, she is adamant they enjoy the exercise

Dizzying exercise
Over it goes
Twisted around

Look like dolls: But the 51-year-old says insists they are real babies and says she has been practising the unconventional techniques for the past 30 years

2 posted on 02/27/2012 11:08:25 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
Unusual techniques
Balancing act
Unimpressed

Shocking: There are concerns that the techniques produce 'dramatic and unnatural movements' which have been linked to Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)

3 posted on 02/27/2012 11:09:26 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

She likes ‘gumping’ babies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQwWaWFjd0Y&ob=av2e
(0:42)


4 posted on 02/27/2012 11:15:35 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Altariel
I didn't think I could be shocked any more by modern society. This proves me wrong.

So very, very sad.
5 posted on 02/27/2012 11:16:01 AM PST by texas_mrs
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To: Altariel

Imho, this woman is insane.


6 posted on 02/27/2012 11:16:48 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Altariel

At least it’s not cat juggling!


7 posted on 02/27/2012 11:19:40 AM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: trisham

This is child abuse.


8 posted on 02/27/2012 11:21:28 AM PST by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Altariel

I think I had a uncle that use to do this to me and the other babies in the family. Of course he was usually drunk and was kind of strange even when sober. Needless to say the mothers usually tried to keep us away from him when he came over, but he always seemed to grab a baby when nobody was looking. Most of us have a vaguely uneasy feeling when we see him to this day...


9 posted on 02/27/2012 11:23:32 AM PST by apillar
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To: Altariel
Balancing act
 
 
 
BABY: One of these days, I'm gonna be old enough to beat your ASS.


10 posted on 02/27/2012 11:24:17 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: Altariel

I know i should be mad,,, but Russian women have this beautiful accent. And they mean well,,
I’m just a slave to my Jones i guess,,,


11 posted on 02/27/2012 11:24:48 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That baby standing on her hands is either being pissed off,, or is developing a need for Russian blondes. Time will tell,,,lol


12 posted on 02/27/2012 11:27:10 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Altariel

Uh, yeah. Insane.

What concerns me is that this might take off within yoga circles. New Agers tend to have poor judgement.


13 posted on 02/27/2012 11:28:53 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Altariel

I’ve got to show this to my wife. She will FREAK OUT.


14 posted on 02/27/2012 11:29:04 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Altariel

Uh, yeah. Insane.

What concerns me is that this might take off within yoga circles. New Agers tend to have poor judgement.


15 posted on 02/27/2012 11:30:06 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Pharmboy
This is child abuse.

**************************

Agreed. Even if by some miracle there is no physical damage, I can't believe that there isn't psychological damage. Babies and children need to feel safe with adults.

When we were children my mother was very careful to teach us how to hold a baby.

16 posted on 02/27/2012 11:30:12 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: PGR88

My husband became extremely upset just watching a few seconds of it.


17 posted on 02/27/2012 11:31:44 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
New Agers tend to have poor judgement.

Two words, "Sweat Lodge."

18 posted on 02/27/2012 11:31:55 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Altariel

This is a good way to break fragile limbs and dislocate joints. She ought to be arrested.


19 posted on 02/27/2012 11:34:26 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

What is UP with that?

They swoon at the mention of chakras and crystals, yet reject basic common sense.

I see this in people who I know are intelligent - I went to school with them.

Then they got the yoga bug....


20 posted on 02/27/2012 11:38:54 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: DesertRhino
I love the expression on that baby's face.
 
Looks like this guy.
 



21 posted on 02/27/2012 11:38:56 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: Altariel

You would think free weights would be cheaper than babies, even in Russia.

Freegards


22 posted on 02/27/2012 11:39:11 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: Altariel
I thought there was something called "Shaken Baby Syndrome" that causes brain damage and sometimes it's fatal.
I doubt this can be safe.

23 posted on 02/27/2012 11:40:27 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: trisham

“Agreed. Even if by some miracle there is no physical damage, I can’t believe that there isn’t psychological damage. Babies and children need to feel safe with adults.

When we were children my mother was very careful to teach us how to hold a baby. “

I wouldn’t worry about it. Psychological damage is a good way to build character.


24 posted on 02/27/2012 11:41:00 AM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Altariel
Babies left screaming in terror as they are swung round head of 'baby yoga' guru

Is this how HIllary was made?

25 posted on 02/27/2012 11:43:43 AM PST by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Altariel

Child abuse. I can’t even look at this. Omg.


26 posted on 02/27/2012 11:47:23 AM PST by Yaelle (Rick Santorum for People's Representative)
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To: Altariel
Lena was tracked down at a seminar called 'Parenting the Deliberate Way' in Dahab, Egypt, where parents from across Europe were paying her to perform the same moves on their infants, some just months old.

To me, it looks like this 'yoga guru' might be severely mentally unbalanced (i.e. 'crazy') -- but the parents who travel "across Europe" to PAY this woman to abuse their child have got to be either pure evil or just plain stupid.

27 posted on 02/27/2012 11:50:41 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: apillar

If anyone had grabbed my child and done anything remotely like this they would be having dinner through a straw.

I don’t care if they are family or not. Some things are just not tolerated.


28 posted on 02/27/2012 11:52:03 AM PST by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: Altariel

“Lena was tracked down at a seminar called ‘Parenting the Deliberate Way’ in Dahab, Egypt, where parents from across Europe were paying her to perform the same moves on their infants, some just months old.”

In Egypt. Why does this not surprise me? On the OTHER hand, maybe swinging Muslim babies around will improve their thought processes.


29 posted on 02/27/2012 11:54:28 AM PST by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: BitWielder1

[ I thought there was something called “Shaken Baby Syndrome” that causes brain damage and sometimes it’s fatal.
I doubt this can be safe. ]

So that is How Democrats are made....


30 posted on 02/27/2012 11:55:05 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Altariel
According to Lena, baby yoga was first practiced by ancient African tribes

Then it wouldn't be yoga any more than it would be cross-country skiing. What it would be is dangerous and very likely to end up hurting some baby.
31 posted on 02/27/2012 11:56:47 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Scotswife

——They swoon at the mention of chakras and crystals, yet reject basic common sense.——

Rejecting common sense is essential to New Age thought, since New Agers believe that their thoughts or “vibrations” can literally alter reality.
A skeptic like you could negatively affect your friend’s “energy,” so they would tend to avoid you.

It would be funny if it didn’t often end tragically. This interview with a former practitioner blew me away:

http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/browse/all/all/Sharon%20Lee%20Giganti/all?page=4


32 posted on 02/27/2012 12:01:34 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
According to Lena, baby yoga was first practiced by ancient African tribes

Maybe that explains the success of African tribes.

33 posted on 02/27/2012 12:03:49 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Good conservative parents have been arrested for far less. And parents actually seek this woman out to do this to their babies?

Lock them all up—Crazy Lady, and every parent who willingly gave their infants over to her.


34 posted on 02/27/2012 12:33:49 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: dfwgator

I have two more words, “Vegan Diet.”


35 posted on 02/27/2012 12:39:26 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: BitWielder1

You are correct; but Shaken Baby Syndrome does its damage by the rapid acceleration/de-acelleration of a violent shake causing rotational injury to the retina and blood vessels of the brain. Broken bones and dislocated joints can certainly occur here...esp. in those genetically more vulnerable.


36 posted on 02/27/2012 12:50:56 PM PST by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Altariel

And while most of the babies were left screaming in tears or vomited during or after their session of ‘baby dynamics’, Lena insists it is for their benefit.

The qualified PE teacher, said: ‘It’s very good for babies and not dangerous at all. Some babies cry at first, but they begin to enjoy it.

‘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.

‘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.’

According to Lena, baby yoga was first practiced by ancient African tribes – but the modern incarnation was developed by fellow Russian Dr Igor Charkovsky, who was also present at the seminar.

Lena, a mother-of-five and grandmother, does sessions that can last up to five minutes, during which babies are spun, swung and flipped, often by a single limb.

The actions are performed on babies from a few weeks old up to around age two.

Lena added: ‘The method was originally developed to cure and correct the health of children having muscular or skeletal problems but it is also suitable for healthy children.

‘The movements are designed to improve their muscular abilities and development.

‘And the children often turn out to be early readers, singers, talkers, swimmers. It also makes their hands stronger. We are humanists and we don’t do anything wrong.’

*****
How nice. A humanist who insist she doesn’t do anything wrong.


37 posted on 02/27/2012 1:19:45 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Sick f*ck should be in prison - along with ANY parents who permit this sh*t.


38 posted on 02/27/2012 6:15:23 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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