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man, i hate to publicize this even further…but have you seen this video???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnRmBD1I1kM

abc news goes so far as to call this woman, lena fokina, a yoga guru! seriously???

when i first saw lena’s full-length video a year or two ago (sent to me, of course, by a horrified parent), i thought it was certainly a joke. certainly that must be a baby doll. now “time magazine” and “abc news” have confirmed that this woman is for real.

okay…”horrified” doesn’t begin to describe my feelings about what this woman is doing with these babies. and the fact that she tries to pass this off as yoga….? and herself as some sort of expert????

the media–once again–presents this story as if any yoga instructor on earth would find this practice acceptable. guru???? did they look up the word “guru” before using it so flippantly in this video? a guru, as defined by wikipedia, “is one who is regarded as having great knowledge, wisdom, and authority in a certain area, and who uses it to guide others (teacher).”

i feel confident in saying that there isn’t a single respectable teacher in the children’s (or broader) yoga community who would condone ms. fokina’s “baby yoga” practice. right now, the media seems hell-bent on presenting yoga as the most dangerous activity on earth (http://yogathletica.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/yoga-the-most-dangerous-activity-on-earth/). this is just another example of  inappropriate sensationalism feeding on the yoga craze in order to stir controversy and boost viewership.

it would have been great if abc interviewed some real baby yoga specialists to explain how amazing and therapeutic baby yoga really is when done correctly…

okay…now let me get back to my baby-toss game…i really want to win this one!

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About miniyogis

the day before i found yoga--had you asked me--i'd have told you that i wouldn't be caught dead doing yoga. sitting around and humming? not my idea of a good time. a minute into my first yoga class--had you asked me--i'd have told you i will practice until the minute i die. and i've been in heaven ever since. more than anything, yoga taught me that it was okay to be imperfect, okay to fall. and, man, do i wish someone told me that when i was 3 instead of 30. so i started mini yogis yoga for kids, hoping to help children to be more accepting of themselves, more accepting of others, and better human beings overall. that was march 2002. since then, i've taught tens of thousands of children how to use yoga as a tool for daily life. and i've also taught about 1000 teachers around the world to date (12/11) how to teach yoga to kids. i figure between the children i've taught and the ones my grads have taught, we've likely reached hundreds of thousands of kids. just looking to make a difference in this world....

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