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23-Year-Old Woman Practicing Dangerous Yoga Pose on Balcony Ledge Plunges 80 Feet and Survives

A 23-year-old woman in Mexico broke dozens of bones and underwent 11 hours of surgery after falling at least 80 feet from the balcony of a high-rise apartment building while doing yoga, reports say.

Alexa Terrazas, of San Pedro, Nuevo León, was hanging over the glass balcony when she lost her balance and plummeted to the ground last weekend, according to Spanish news outlet El Sol de Mexico. She was taken to the Zambrano Hellion Medical Center, where doctors said her ankles and knees will need to be restructured and recovery could take three years, the outlet reported.

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“Good morning, I ask that you channel your mind, energy and spirit for the health of my cousin Alexa Terrazas,” one person wrote in Spanish on Twitter.

Others encouraged social media users to donate blood. A photo circulating online appeared to show Terrazas in the pose hanging over the balcony with her knees bent. It is unclear whether she has attempted the pose in the past.

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One Twitter user called the practice “extreme” after Terrazas fell from the sixth floor of the building, according to Fox News.

In the wake of the incident, family and friends gathered at a local shrine to pray for her recovery, according to El Sol de Mexico.

The Nuevo León Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident, El Universal reported.

Terrazas was in serious condition in the days after the fall and will be sedated for at least two weeks, according to El Universal. She has 110 broken or fractured bones, the outlet reported.

Authorities described the fall as an accident, saying that the balcony was structurally sound, according to The New York Post.

Neighbors said they saw Terrazas, a student at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, hanging upside-down over the edge of the balcony, the Post reported.

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4 Yoga Moves to Strengthen Your Core and Pelvic Floor

Yoga is an all-star for building flexibility and strength, and that includes the muscles in your pelvic floor. “Doing poses that engage the pelvic floor and the muscles surrounding it can help those muscles better support the organs in the pelvic area, including the bladder,” explains Kristin McGee, Peloton yoga instructor. And that can mean a lower risk of embarrassing symptoms like leaking. In fact, research has shown that women enrolled in a yoga program designed to strengthen pelvic muscles had a 70 percent decrease in symptoms of stress incontinence.

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Try these four poses to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles (and lots of other muscles too!)

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3 Strength-Building Moves That Will Help You Run Even Better

Regardless of whether you're gearing up for your first road race or simply want to be more fit, these moves from Scott Carvin, coach at the Mile High Run Club, work the muscles that keep you balanced and strong as you run. Grab a pair of 5-lb. dumbbells and a bench (stairs or a Bosu are good stand-ins), and try this simple strength-building routine at home or the gym.

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What it does: Strengthens glutes and hamstrings to help push off smoothly with each step.

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J.Lo Just Shared Another Swimsuit Photo—and Her Butt Looks Incredible

Jennifer Lopez's abs have been getting most of the attention lately (with good reason), but her newest Instagram photo is all about her other famous body part: her butt. 

The new photo, shared on Instagram over the weekend, shows the Bronx queen sprawled out on a mesh hammock, looking into the distance. "I summertime #julybaby #leoseason," she wrote in the caption, also crediting her photographer, Ana Carballosa (@lacarba). 

J.Lo's wearing a strappy, burgundy one-piece swimsuit that she's been photographed in before—but while the swimsuit is super cute, the main focus of the photo is her glutes and hamstrings. Even an Instagram account simply called "@squats" felt the need to comment with three fire emojis. 

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