A CT scan revealed Leigh had torn her right carotid artery, sending a blood clot to her brain, which caused the stroke.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a stroke is the most serious risk resulting from the tear. Treatments for the tear focus on preventing blood clots from forming and potentially causing a stroke.
» Yoga could be as beneficial for the heart as walking, biking
After spending weeks recovering in bed, Leigh said she got back into yoga. She said she focuses on simple stretches and poses she feels safe in.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, yoga is considered a safe physical activity when done correctly.
“The most common injuries are sprains and strains,” the government said. “Serious injuries are rare. The risk of injury associated with yoga is lower than that for higher impact sports activities.”
It recommends yoga beginners avoid “extreme” poses like handstands or the lotus position.