Wow … remember that video we posted earlier this month of the woman swinging a naked newborn baby around like a rag doll??? Well, turns out, it’s the real deal!

The woman in the video is Lena Fokina, a Russian self-proclaimed “childbearing expert” based in Dehab, Egypt, and according to Gawker, she’s been doing this for years. She says she teaches baby yoga for a living and raised two healthy daughters that way. Or at least we HOPE they’re healthy.

Check out Lena’s interview below!!

I’ve never heard of anything like this Baby Yoga. Is this traditional or did you invent it?

Life invented it; it was conveyed to us by the teacher and author of all these ideas, Igor Borisovich Charkovsky. […] Over the last 30 years, Charkovsky’s system has lived in Russia and has spread from there. Not everyone accepts it.

The first thing everybody here thought when they saw your baby-swinging video was “Holy shit!” Then they thought, is it real or fake? So: Is it real? If so, who is the baby?

The child was born in the Black Sea region. Her name is Platona, and she was two weeks old when we took that video. We have a lot of children like her here. They are early readers, singers, talkers, swimmers. You haven’t seen anything like it anywhere!! And there’s swimming with dolphins, scuba diving with them… Come to Dahab!

Platona has since grown into a normal-looking toddler, and still does “dynamic gymnastics.” (Above, at right.) Lena’s own daughters grew up to be comely freediving instructors. Here are pictures of them teaching baby free-diving classes with their mom:

Lena Fokina doesn’t understand why Americans find her childrearing techniques so frightening.

Did you know that YouTube took the video down because it was in violation of their policy on “shocking and disgusting” content? What is your response to that?

Did they notice that the babies aren’t crying—they’re even laughing—and that this system has been used for over thirty years in Russia and the children are all alive and healthy? If you need more proof, the best thing is to come see us.

Source: Gawker (via Dad Wagon)

And just in case you missed it, here’s the viral video of Lena Fokina demonstrating a few “baby yoga” techniques!

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