Thursday, January 20, 2011

Awesome Baby Yoga

беби-йога, платона и лена

Link to original article here (from BoingBoing). Sometimes the video has trouble loading apparently. GO to the original link.

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… 

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?
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.

Should Americans try “baby yoga” at home?
Americans should be able to do a lot of this themselves, in order to pass something on to their children. An immobile American loses their naturally given reflexes (swimming, reaching, stepping—they have machines that do this for them). That’s why, in parallel with their children, the parents learn to do these things: dive, swim, run, jump, bend and much more. Our workshop is called “family active lifestyle.”

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.


If you don't think I'm trying this with the next baby I see you're obviously delusional.

Rationally, this does seem like good foundational exercise for a baby's development. Errr... but maybe with less swinging over the head.

Baby yoga users claim that it's uses are innumerable. Their children could reportedly learn to walk and swim earlier. You can see these early practices being incorporated with the two-week old in the video above. They claim that their babies become fearless. Although no studies have concluded that the baby-swinging harms or helps children.

Some comments from other sites...



No child deserves to be treated in such a manner. I fear for that child and I wish I had the authority to prosecute that woman. 2 weeks old?!


I think this is very harmful to a baby, if I were to do this in the United States they would want to take me to jail!!

Here's a Westernized, more estrogen infused version. I got through about 3 x 3 seconds of this crap session for bored mothers.

"Give me the baby... I'm going to swing it!!" Insert sarcastically evil yet somewhat sincere look here.

What London is doing for folks that bike to work (not cyclists... )

Watching this video is not a waste of your time.

I love the blue. Hopefully it doesn't get slippery.

In other words, London's bike superhighways are incredibly successful, as the front-page GOOD story remarks. According to the findings in study by Transport for London, there were 70% more cyclists out on the streets of London in October of 2010 than there were the previous year.
GOOD has more:
that means that the number of bikers on the streets pre-superhighways was 70 percent lower than it is now that the superhighways have been installed. That's some effective bike promotion, if I've ever seen it ... Will other cities see this information and start doing more for bike lane planning than simply laying them on the side of the street?
That's right -- bike use everywhere jumped, not just on the superhighways. The safe, elegant lanes evidently inspired more folks to dust off their old ten-speeds and hit the roads.
It should also be pointed out that the spike in cycling also coincides with London's bike-share program, which we've written about at length here on TreeHugger.

This development is fantastic -- people want to ride bikes in cities. It's cheap, efficient, and fun. But most of the time, it's terrifying. It's why I don't ride a bike in New York -- no way I'm heading into Manhattan traffic during rush hour. New York is also making strides in its bike lanes, too, however. If they work as well as London's, that's all it will take -- count me in.

I feel a country/gospel kick a comin'

...or something like that. Harmonies, 5ths, guitar pickin'. Kicked off after listening to Howl this morning, and getting this song stuck in my mind:

I will walk with Jesus, till I cant go any more,
And I will stay with Jesus, till I can't go another mile,
And people will see all the good that's concealed,
And people must know, not to feel any sorrow,
Cos I will not stand by and watch you cry.

I will stay with Jesus, till I can't stay any more,
And I will stand with Jesus, till I can't take another stone,
And people will see all the good that's concealed,
And people will know, not to feel any sorrow,
Cos I will not stand by and watch you cry...

EDIT: This song has been on repeat all morning. So awesome. 

Mom, DO NOT read into this, but do enjoy it!