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Q: The first thing everybody here thought when they saw your baby-swinging video was “Holy s-!” Then they thought, is it real or fake? So: Is it real? If so, who is the baby?
A: 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!
Q: And are they early readers, talkers, and so on because of baby yoga?
A: Not only this. It’s just one reason.
Q: What else makes them so talented then?
A: Love for each other and to one another.
Q: I have two small children and I was, you know, careful with them when they were newborns. So it was hard for me to watch your video. It looks like it has to injure the child. Their hands? The cartilage in the joints? Their brains?
A: No. It makes the hands stronger.
Q: 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?
A: 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.
Q: Have you heard from people who are upset about the video?
A: Everybody in Dahab is satisfied. What’s more, a British film crew made a documentary about us, and interviewed the parents.
Q: At the end of your video, it looks like you’re trying to get the two-week-old baby to walk. Is mobility the goal of your baby yoga?
A: Yes, more mobility, and other goals. First off, more trained skills. Second, more freedom. Third, independence. We learn from nature and teach our offspring to survive. Come to Dahab; we’ll be glad to show our classes and our children.
I hear others looking at the background and worrying about a slip. That's fair. Others see the swinging and worry about broken bones, too..That is also a fair point.
Has anyone thought about the physical brain and brain cavity of a newborn baby and one still moving into toddler years? Just another aspect to consider...and they don't need full on 'shaken baby syndrome' with obvious injury to sustain some. The kind of injury that might entail, might not even be known or noticed. The child just may have a learning disability later which people wonder about.
I'm wondering how many 'pulls up short' for a "near oops" it'd take for the sudden motion that would cause? Perhaps...not even that much?
Hmm... I'd just say that a DFS Agent would have a coronary while running people over to get to the lady and stop it.
At least it's my two cents into the jelly jar.
reply to post by AliceBleachWhite
I think it should be pointed out that there are all sorts of baby yoga programs out there. A overwhelming majority are done safely and are in line with the babies own locomotive skills.
This should be called "high stakes baby swinging".
I haven't been able to find any long-term medical studies, so aside from the brain jostling, I'd worry about the joint damage.
I'm not sure over-flexing of joints would be a good thing for ones later years. Now that my senior years have arrived, all of my old childhood injuries are reappearing.
I see a lot of 'moves' that flex arms and legs into unnatural positions while watching the video, so I don't think I'd volunteer any kids for their yoga.