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Do NOT Try This at Home: Yogi Falls 80 Feet and Lives

A 23-year old Mexican woman is facing years of painful recovery after plummeting at least 80 feet from her 6th floor balcony.

The good (and almost shocking) news? She lived.

The bad news, and the reason we’re covering this? The accident occurred while practicing an extreme yoga pose on the edge of her balcony, losing her balance and tumbling to the ground in the process. 

Alexa Terrazas was known to do yoga on her balcony, often using her guardrail as a prop for more advanced poses. Neighbors reported seeing her hanging upside-down over the edge of the balcony, last Saturday morning, supporting herself with her waist and the weight of her legs, which are bent. A photo that has since gone viral gives us a glimpse into the pose just before the tragic fall. 

Terrazas was treated by paramedics at the spot of the accident, and then brought to the hospital, where she underwent 11 hours of surgery. In the days following, she remained sedated and in critical condition with fractures to both legs and arms, hips and head. Terrazas reportedly broke 110 bones throughout her body. Doctors had to entirely “reconstruct” her legs, ankles and knees, facing more than three years before she may be able to walk again. 

While we wish her all the best in a long recovery, we can not repeat this enough. DO NOT try this at home. Ever. Like seriously, just don’t do it. Are you listening? No amount of Instagram likes are worth risking death. 

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    Norbert Matausch

    August 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    That’s stupidity of a higher order. Those poses are not yoga. The mindset behind those poses is also not yoga. If anything, it’s ego fixation caused by the empty promise of social media.

  2. Katie O'Shaughnessy

    Katie O'Shaughnessy

    August 30, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for this article. I’m blown away by how many posts like this I see on Instagram. It’s not cool.

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