Parents merely want the best for their children, but regrettably, there are a lot of conflicting opinions out there about what that is. Despite the facts of the case that not every woman is capable of breastfeeding, there are some mommies who blame all the individuals who dares bottle feed their newborn. What's more is that some parents have opted for alternative approaches to devoting their newborns the best start in life- including extreme yoga.
Yes, you read that right. While most normal people are over the moon when their newborn crawl for the first time or gurgles a syllable, there are others who genuinely believe that forcing newborns into a number of bizarre stances will do wonders for their health. Now, a 56 -year-old has come under fire for what she has dubbed” newborn dynamics yoga”, which involves violently flinging babies around by their limbs.
Qualified physical education teacher, Lena Fokina, from Russia, said of her form of baby yoga, which has been criticised as a form of child abuse,” It's very good for babies and not dangerous at all. Some newborns cry at first, but they begin to enjoy it .”
” Most people think young babies can only lie on a bed, eat, and cry ,” the 56 -year-old continued in an interview reported by the Daily Mail .” But newborns are born with natural reflexes, which we can use to help them develop physically and intellectually .”
” I work with mothers in communities 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 job ,” the educator( if you can call her that) revealed.
In Lena's yoga sessions, which can last for up to five minutes, babies are spun, sway and flipped around, and this can be done using as little as one leg. The Daily Mail reported that this is done on infants once they are a few weeks old up until the age of two.
In a shocking interview with Barcroft TV , Lena opened up further about her disturbing task, and it began with one of her clients praising her newborn yoga techniques, saying,” I think this is the best thing I can do to improve my child's health .”
Lena herself added that the extreme form of baby yoga was established by fellow Russian Dr. Igor Charkovsky- although the practice was first used by ancient African tribes.
However, newborn yoga is not the only shocking practise which Dr. Charkovsky has to his name.
He also promotes other holistic techniques, one of which involves repeatedly submerging newborns' heads in water.
In the aforementioned interview quoted by the Daily Mail , Lena said,” From the moment of its birth a child can comprehend, step, support itself and swim .”
” The Charkovsky method uses these natural reflexes for child training. The sum of period it takes to develop an adult to do it on a child depends on the sensibility of the child's mother. Sometimes it merely takes one training conference .”
However, the method used flies in the face of doctors who have said that inflicting” dramatic and unnatural motions” on a baby can result in brain bleed, retinal hemorrhaging and brain swelling- a condition known as Shaken Baby Syndrome( SBS ).
Lena, who has been practicing baby yoga for over 30 years, claims that it is completely harmless, even for newborns- proving that the child is introduced to these movements naturally. Although it's hard to imagine how you could naturally introduce backflips to a newborn's life.
The bizarre practise is reportedly designed to address” repressed trauma from birth .”
Lena's website is full of information about baby yoga and she writes that it” allows the mind and body to gently restructure itself so as to increase the feeling of happiness, efficiency, be healthy and to feel the inner harmony of each of its .”
Despite this claim, the babies featured in Lena's interview with Barcroft TV seem far from happy:
” Baby dynamics is quite well known in Russia but up to now all the literature about it has only been in Russian ,” Lena said, according to the Daily Mail .” However, it is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world and we want to teach mothers by bringing our methods to where they live .”
” Although I don't know anybody practise in the UK yet I will be very proud when I see my methods applied there ,” Lena added.
The 56 -year-old was trained at the University of Physical Culture in Moscow and was awarded a master's degree in Physical Education. After this, she went on to study under Dr. Charkovsky, refining his worrying kind of baby yoga on her own children.
” I first tried baby dynamics 30 years ago after my oldest daughter Alexandra was bear ,” she said.” At first I was fretted, but then I realise how my children enjoyed it and it inspired me .”
” People criticise our methods out of ignorance- if only they tried to understand what we were doing, they would change their postures. If by doing it I give children an advantage, why wouldn't I ?”
” I was aware of the practices but it was only later when I was introduced to Dr, Charkovsky that I became a teacher in it. It's something I am very proud of and have believed in for a very long time .”
Even though baby yoga is what pays Lena's bills, she insists that she does not do it for personal gain.
” What I do is not a commercial project. I earn enough money merely to live here and work with children ,” she said.” What I do is not part of my life, it is my life .”
” All my children have grown up according to the Charkovsky method and they have all gone on to achieve outstanding results in life- they are Russian champions in parachuting, freediving and pony riding .”
” Now my children are practicing those same methods on their own children. It's the best proof .”
Needless to say, that hasn't stopped people from making numerous petitions to stop her from doing a kind of yoga that could “potentially” kill a child.
Either way, we just hope no children will ever be harmed by this outrageous practice.
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