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Baby-swinging yoga guru returns in controversial video

About a year ago a video showing a Russian woman swinging a baby over her head went viral. Her routine was part of something called "dynamic baby gymnastics" and it looked brutal. Despite hopes that it was part of an elaborate hoax, the clip turned out to be real. And now the yoga guru has returned — to teach others about the art of tossing babies.Fokina's latest video was first noticed by Bu
This image is a screenshot from a video which appeared on YouTube on March 1. It shows yoga guru Lena Fokina in the middle of a controversial baby gymnastics routine.
This image is a screenshot from a video which appeared on YouTube on March 1. It shows yoga guru Lena Fokina in the middle of a controversial baby gymnastics routine.barcroftmedia/YouTube / Today

About a year ago a video showing a Russian woman swinging a baby over her head went viral. Her routine was part of something called "dynamic baby gymnastics" and it looked brutal. Despite hopes that it was part of an elaborate hoax, the clip turned out to be real. And now the yoga guru has returned — to teach others about the art of tossing babies.

Fokina's latest video was first noticed by BuzzFeed's Keenan Roberts, who declared that the "controversial baby yoga lady is back." And based on the new clip — which you can find embedded below — he is not wrong.

The video was recorded by a group called Barcroft Media and it reveals that Fokina is now teaching others how to swing their own infants around. Barcroft Media caught up with the 51-year-old woman in Dehab, Egypt, where parents from across Europe had gathered (and paid) to participate in a seminar called "Parenting the Deliberate Way."

Fokina insists that the methods she teaches are safe and even benefit babies, but not everyone agrees. When the original baby gymnastics video hit the Internet, Robert Young — an American general practitioner — told BBC News that he thinks the method "is potentially dangerous" and "would never recommend it" to his patients.

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