40-year-old Rebecca Leigh from Maryland, US is a yoga professional - but one day an exercise that she'd done numerous times before ended in tragedy. Read on to find out more!
Artery tears during an exercise
Yoga professional Rebecca Leigh had done the 'Hollowback-Handstand' a couple of times - but this time it was different. She began to have severe headaches and couldn’t see properly. The 40-year-old told US media:
I have been suffering from headaches and migraines since I was young but I knew this was different.
Days later, she noticed that her eye was pointing downwards slightly so her husband took her to the hospital. The doctor told her that she had experienced a stroke.The Angiography showed that one of the yoga professional's arteries was torn and that an aneurysm had formed in her brain. The yoga pose had then triggered the stroke.
Slow recovery afterwards
During the next few weeks, Rebecca's recovery was slow, as she struggled to eat and get out of bed. She feels some sensitivity and is disturbed by light. It is likely she’ll never recover fully and she still has to deal with headaches and the fear of another stroke. But she's pleased with her progress so far and she can already touch her toes again.
In a post about her story, the 40-year-old underlined how important it is for her to share her story with the world:
I wanted to share my story so that this never happens to any other yogi.
Despite Rebecca's accident, suffering a stroke from advanced yoga movements is rare, and yoga can actually be an important part of stroke recovery.
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