This upsetting, dangerous and disturbing video apparently depicts a practice called ‘baby yoga.’
An approximately two-minute long video has been circulating Facebook depicting a baby being swung around violently – by its arms, its legs and even its head. The infant is spun in circles, turned upside down repeatedly and dunked into a bucket of water. He is screaming and crying, while the adult ignores the child’s distress.
The adult swings the baby upright before holding him by his cheeks and continuing the swinging. The baby falls silent.
After a sustained public backlash, Facebook has now removed the video. But for several days, the social media giant refused saying the ‘baby yoga’ video was not against its guidelines: “Whilst we understand that people may be upset by this video which depicts a form of baby yoga, after careful review we found it does not break our rules.”
Through its inaction, Facebook drew a great deal of attention to a disturbing new trend.
So, what is ‘baby yoga?’
What was occurring in this extreme video was nothing like the ‘mums and bubs,’ or post-natal yoga which parents might be familiar with. The form of “yoga” apparently depicted in this video is called, ‘Baby Dynamics Yoga.’
According to Gawker, Russian born Lena Fokina is the ‘technique’s’ biggest advocate. She advertises herself as a ‘child rearing expert,’ posts videos online and offers teaching workshops out of Dahab, Egypt.
Here is an example of Fokina’s technique. Warning: some readers my find this footage upsetting.
The ‘Charkovsky method’ of baby yoga, developed by Russian doctor Igor Charkovsky, has apparently been practised for over 30 years. It first received some media attention three years ago, after one of Fokina’s more controversial videos was taken down from YouTube.