Yoga gurui Rebecca Leigh says how she suffered from a stroke after tearing an artery during a yoga workout. Revisiting the incident, which took place in 2017, the 40-year-old with a large Instagram following said "I never in a billion years thought I would have a stroke at my age, let alone from doing yoga," Good Morning America reported.
She added that she was not bashing yoga but admitted she felt it did not seem fair that she would suffer from something so harrowing at her age, after "spending years focusing on making healthy lifestyle choices and looking after her body, the New York Post reported.
Nearly two years ago Leigh had to been practicing her head stands during a yoga workout when she began suffering from severe headaches. In a post to Instagram she told her 26,000 followers that she eventually landed in an emergency room where she discovered she’d had a stroke.
"I had a tear in my right artery causing a clot to go to my brain," she wrote. “Yoga will still be part of my everyday life. But the days of crazy headstands or inversions are over. "
Speaking about the incident, Leigh said it was a terrifying experience.
“It was like a curtain coming down all around me," she said, according to Good Morning America.
She said the road to recovery was long and drawn out. At first, she could not get out of bed but slowly regained her strength, the Post noted. Eventually she made her way back to yoga.
"I knew that if I didn’t get back to my practice relatively soon after my stroke, I never would,” she said. “I would have freaked myself out too much about it.”
Leigh said that, while she knew she would never be able to fully return to her yoga practice after the stroke, she was celebrating small victories.
"The fact that I can touch my toes is enough to make me smile," she said. "I wanted to share my story so that something like this doesn’t happen to any other yogis."
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