A few months ago, a disturbing and slightly confusing video (below) went viral on social media that depicts a woman tossing her baby around like a ragdoll, holding it upside down, and flinging it from side to side. The caption that was usually posted with the video claimed that the FBI was looking for this woman, and people all over social media were outraged.
The post read, “Baby being tortured for fun. FBI ARE SEARCHING FOR THIS WOMAN WHO IS SEEN FLIPPING A BABY AROUND UPSIDE DOWN. THEY ARE ASKING U TO SHARE THIS VIDEO AND ASKING ANYBODY WHO KNOWS THIS WOMAN TO TURN HER IN TO THE FBI OR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. “
Internet users around the world shared the video, and eventually, news agencies started picking up the story. It’s now confirmed, however, that although the video is real, the claims associated with it are false.
As it turns out, the video shows a Russian mother using “dynastic gymnastics” or “baby yoga” on her child, and the practice is actually not illegal. It reportedly was started in Russia and has caught on in many other places. The FBI does not want the woman in the video, and it’s not clear how the rumors surrounding the video got started.
While many believe this practice is unsafe, Russian baby yoga practitioner Lena Fokina says that there are proven benefits to doing this with a baby.
“The children often turn out to be early readers, singers, talkers, swimmers,” claims Fokina. “It also makes their hands stronger. We are humanists and we don’t do anything wrong.”
Still, many don’t buy Fokina’s claims, and experts don’t recommend trying this with your baby.
Manhattan yoga teacher Dilek Edwards has filed charges against her Playboy Playmate boss Stephanie Adams after allegedly being fired for being “too cute.”
Edwards claims that she was fired from the chiropractic clinic that Adams (pictured) and her husband Charles Nicolai own after Adams apparently said she didn’t want any “too cute” women working around her husband.
A text sent to Edwards from Adams on October 30th at 1:30 a.m. reads, “You are NOT welcome any longer at Wall Street Chiropractic, DO NOT ever step foot in there again, and stay the F–K away from my husband and family!!!!!!!” Adams allegedly added, “And remember I warned you.”
Edwards says that she has no idea where the text was coming from and maintains that the relationship between her and Nicolai was completely professional. She does, however, claim that she had been giving him private yoga lessons to help with an injury and that Nicolai had specifically requested she keep it a secret because Adams would “create some scenarios.”
Adams, who is 43 years old, claims that she is in no way jealous of 32-year-old Edwards.
“No disrespect to anyone — but I’m a centerfold,” said Adams.
Adams was featured as Miss November in 1992 and apparently identifies as a lesbian, even though she is married to Nicolai and even has a son. She also claims that she is a direct descendent of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, to which Edward’s lawyer Maimon Kirschenbaum replied, “I can only imagine they’re rolling over in their graves because of the outrageous behaviour of their purported descendant.”
The former Playboy Playmate has also filed a claim with police against Edwards after, as Adams claims, the yoga teacher allegedly threatened to kill her family for being fired.
A New Mexico legislator has voiced concern during a meeting of the Legislative Education Study Committee in Santa Fe that stretching during school physical education activities is really yoga and could possibly introduce children to Eastern religions.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Ann Paulls-Neal, a teacher at the Albuquerque elementary school, spoke to the committee about student health and obesity.
Paulls-Neal pointed out that to her class exercises are considered stretching or mat work instead of yoga because she doesn't want to give the impression that religion is involved.
Rep. Alonzo Baldonado expressed concern.
The Los Lunas Republican said parents should be notified and given the option to opt out, or their children should be offered alternative activities because yoga is linked to Eastern religions.
State Sen. Bill Soules, a Onate High School teacher in Las Cruces, said he has heard opinions of yoga, about it being based on religion, but said he had never heard of schools using it for anything more than exercise that would make kids stronger and healthier, according to the Farmington Daily-Times.
"It's a concern of the far right," said Soules, a Democrat, who serves on the legislative committee with Baldonado.
Soules said algebra is taught in public schools without any disputes, even though it also had religion-based roots.
Though the hearing ended with arguments about yoga and religion, Paulls-Neal and other teachers brought their worries about obesity in kids to the Capitol.
The head of a nonprofit progressive advocacy group took issue with the questions Baldonado raised at the meeting.
“Of all the things a legislator could focus on to get our public schools back on track, Rep. Baldonado chose this one as his most important,” said Patrick Davis of ProgressNowNM.org. “Even for conspiracy theorists, this one seems far-fetched. How he thinks a rudimentary stretching routine meant to improve physical health could lead students to join a religious cult is beyond me.”
Baldonado said he wouldn't want his own home-schooled children to be exposed to non-Christian practices.
This infographic from Business Insider maps out the fittest cities in America, both in general and in terms of which type of exercise each one sees to the greatest extent.
The data used is as modern as it gets: cities have been ranked based information gathered through “the population's use of Facebook fitness apps, gym check-ins, and health-related status updates.”
Overall, it seems as though weather is by no means an exercise deterrent, though with summer nearly in full swing, there’s a lot more sunshine to take advantage of, and a lot more daylight to use for getting in some good workouts!
America’s Top 10 Fittest Cities:
1. Virginia Beach, Va.
2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
3. Austin, Texas
4. San Antonio, Texas
5. Livingston, N.J.
6. Portland, Ore.
7. El Paso, Texas
8. Oklahoma City, Okla.
9. Tacoma, Wash.
10. Albuquerque, N.M.
1. Dance: Oakland, Calif.
2. Yoga: Austin, Texas
3. Running: Oklahoma City, Okla.
4. Swimming: Tucson, Ariz.
5. Crossfit: El Paso, Texas
6. Health Club Use: Wichita, Kan.
7. Marathon Running: San Diego, Calif.
8. Biking: Minneapolis, Minn.
9. Triathlons: Grand Rapids, Mich.
10. Most Weight Loss: Livingston, N.J.
11. Most Adventurous: Chicago, Ill.
Source: Business Insider
After critics of a public school district’s decision to teach yoga tried to argue in court that the popular exercise practice violated the constitutional principle of separating church and state because it is inherently religious, a judge ruled that San Diego students continuing to do downward dog is perfectly legal.
San Diego Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer said although yoga is a religious practice, the Encinitas Union School District teaches it in a way that eliminates the religious connotations. Meyer noted that the district got rid of all the cultural references, including changing the name of the popular lotus position to "crisscross applesauce."
Meyer said parents who opposed the program were relying on opinions that they developed from internet searches.
"It's almost like a trial by Wikipedia, which isn't what this court does," Meyer said.
An attorney for Encinitas parents Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock, Dean Broyles, said he would probably appeal.
“It was the judge's job to call balls and strikes and determine the facts," he said. "I think he got some of the facts wrong."
The district is believed to be the first in the country to have full-time yoga teachers at every one of its schools and the twice-weekly, 30-minute classes are offered in addition to regular physical education, Fox News reported.
Superintendent Timothy Baird applauded the ruling, calling yoga "21st century P.E." that yielded "amazing" health benefits.
Virginia Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, clarified on Wednesday that he does not believe yoga leads to Satanism after excerpts from his 2008 book were released suggesting otherwise.
During the press conference in Manassas, Va., Jackson elaborated on his writings hoping to rationalize the statements he believed had been distorted.
"I do not believe that yoga leads to Satanism,” Jackson said. “What I said was that Christian meditation does not involve emptying oneself but filling oneself ... with the spirit of God.”
He added that one of his ministers was a yoga instructor.
Jackson also vowed to reveal his past to the press, telling stories of his experimentation with marijuana and other substances during youth. His intent is to clear his name before campaign season begins, in effort to spend campaign time talking about his platform rather than his unearthed mistakes.
“[I want to] reveal as many of my weaknesses and shortcomings as a curious press and my opposition might want to look into,” Jackson said.
Jackson’s admissions lasted 45 minutes, adding a failed Boston AM gospel radio station, dismissal from a Cambridge Baptist church and complaints filed with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers to his weighty list of blunders.
A San Diego judge must decide whether a local school district’s yoga program violates separation of church and state laws by promoting religion and spirituality.
Judge John S. Meyer recently heard testimony about Ashtanga yoga being part of the curriculum within the Encinitas Union School District. After receiving a $500,000 grant, students practice yoga as part of P.E.
Opponents of the program say that the classes are being used to "spread the gospel" of Ashtanga yoga. They want the yoga classes, which are currently being taught in all nine schools in the district, to be suspended immediately, Newser reported.
Attorney Dean Broyles argues Ashtanga yoga is inherently religious and that teaching the poses violates the policy of separating church and state.
The Encinitas school district's attorney, Jack Sleeth, disputed that notion. “There is no belief taught about any movement the child is engaged in,” Sleeth said.
Encinitas Union School District Superintendent Timothy Baird said that administrators of the yoga initiative removed images of yoga sanskrit and changed the names of poses before the program was launched. “Initially we made a conscious decision to remove some cultural context,” Baird said.
Yoga instructor Jennifer Nicole Brown said that the way she teaches at the schools is fairly tame. “What we do in the school district is completely different to the way that I would teach adults in a traditional Ashtanga school,” Jennifer Nicole Brown testified.
Candy Brown, Ph.D., of Indiana University, testified about the basic principles of yoga.
“Many yoga traditions, not just in the past but also today, share a religious goal and that goal is human salvation,” she said. “That frames this as something more than exercise,” she concluded.
Many American yoga enthusiasts have begun practicing a controversial form of the meditative practice: naked yoga. Defenders of this recent trend say that it is a natural extension of yoga while its detractors say that taking off your clothes before doing a downward dog pose is simply an unneeded distraction. Most naked yoga classes are for men only.
Joschi Schwarz, the owner of Le Male Yoga, says that naked yoga is a freeing experience that encourages acceptance and is not sexual in any way. Le Male Yoga added beginner nude yoga classes to their schedule last month. In New York City, Naked Yoga NYC instructors have begun teaching co-ed nude yoga classes. Those classes are still mostly male-dominated, despite being open to members of both sexes, reports The Inquisitr.
Naked yoga classes are offered in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Austin, Texas. This year the Austin Naked Yoga group will host its eighth annual retreat. Last year more than 150 people showed up.
The practice is not appreciated everywhere, though. A Los Angeles woman was arrested for indecent exposure after trying to do nude yoga in a public park last month. North of the American border, Shanti Yoga Studios offers male-only naked yoga classes in the Canadian city of Edmonton.
Some people elect to practice nude yoga in the confines of their homes instead of going to classes. There are online videos and tutorials for those who are interested. Practitioners say that nude yoga gives them heightened feelings of self-acceptance.
Source: (The Inquisitr)