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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: February 27th, 2012
Baby-swinging yoga’s a common practice

Well, not in America, but apparently in Russia.

Lena Fokina is the yoga instructor gone viral video star, who hit the Internet with a fury two years ago, when a video of her swinging a two-week old baby in big sweeps around her head as part of an orchestrated yoga move drew outrage from audiences outside her native Russia.

Many thought the baby was a doll, but it turns out, it wasn’t. Fokina can’t understand what all the fuss is about. Apparently, aggressive baby yoga has been practiced in her neck of the woods for 30 years, and, according to an online article for the Daily Mail, and she plans to introduce the practice to Britain.

Most Americans are taught to treat infants gently. The thought of swinging them around by one arm just goes against natural instincts.

Fokina said baby yoga helps the babies to have more mobility, freedom and independence. In an exclusive interview with a Time Magazine blogger, she explains at length why the methods work and result in tough and well-balanced children. She views any mother who is reluctant to do this type of aggressive, baby swinging as lacking “bravery.”

I don’t know all that much about Russian culture or yoga for that matter, but I have been to a Russian spa in the bowels of Manhattan, where their idea of relaxing is sitting in a 110 degree sauna for an hour or so and then jumping in a 36 degree, 8 foot steel tank of icy water. Followed, of course, by a half dozen shots of Stoli. They’re a hearty bunch.

To read the related story, click here or view the video on CBS.

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