- A young woman fell 80 feet over her balcony while attempting an extreme yoga pose, the daily Spanish newspaper El Norte de Castilla originally reported.
- Alexa Terrazas survived the fall from her sixth-floor apartment in the Mexican state of Nuevo León but is unlikely to be able to walk for three years, according to El Norte and the national newspaper El Sol de Mexico.
- The 23-year-old is said to have broken 110 bones after the incident.
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A 23-year-old woman fell 80 feet over her balcony while attempting an extreme yoga pose, the daily Spanish newspaper El Norte de Castilla originally reported.
Alexa Terrazas was reportedly practicing “free yoga” when she tried to hang upside down over the edge of her balcony without using her hands to hold on.
The apartment was on the sixth floor of the building, the Mexican newspaper El Sol de Mexico reported.
According to the El Norte report, translated by Insider’s associate translation editor, Ruqayyah Moynihan, Terrazas was attempting the pose to have a photo taken for her social-media accounts.
She reportedly fell onto the pavement below – but remarkably, the young woman survived.
The incident is reported to have taken place at about 1:10 p.m. local time on Saturday at the Torres Mizza housing complex in the Las Privanzas neighbourhood in San Pedro, Nuevo León, Mexico.
Terrazas, who is originally from Chihuahua City, Mexico, was treated by the Red Cross, Civil Protection, and the police at the scene, El Norte reported.
The yoga aficionado is studying for a bachelor’s degree in well-being and nutrition at Tecnológico de Monterrey, sources close to Terrazas told the Mexican newspaper El Imparcial.
This wasn’t the first time she’d pushed the boundaries with her yoga poses, either – neighbours had apparently seen Terrazas doing yoga on her balcony previously, according to El Imparcial.
She fractured her arms, legs, hip, and head, breaking 110 bones in total, according to the reports by local media.
Terrazas was taken to Zambrano Hellion Hospital where she underwent an 11-hour surgery, according to El Norte. Not only will the yogi have to have her ankles, knees, and parts of her face reconstructed by doctors, but she is not expected to be able to walk again for three years, reports indicate.
The fall is thought to be an accident, as the balcony and handrail were left undamaged, authorities told El Imparcial.
Terrazas’ friends and relatives have been posting on social media since the fall, asking for blood donations and prayers from the public, El Norte reported.
Insider’s Associate Translation Editor Ruqayyah Moynihan contributed reporting.