Miami Yoga Class Crashed by Huge Falling Iguana.
It was a beautiful Saturday morning in Miami’s Upper Eastside neighborhood. The regulars of Anamargret Sanchez’s free community yoga class were ready to breathe, stretch, and find inner peace under the oak trees. However, an unexpected guest – a 20-30 pound iguana – interrupted the class.
As the class progressed through the usual poses, Sanchez instructed the yogis to roll onto their backs and prepare for the final resting pose. But as they closed their eyes and focused on their breathing, a series of noises – tree branches rustling, a loud thud, and gasps from the crowd – suddenly filled the air. Sanchez quickly realized something was wrong and instructed the class to close.
One of the participants, Michael, was the unfortunate victim of the iguana attack. Feeling relaxed on his back with his shade hat covering his face, preparing for the final resting pose. Suddenly he felt a sharp pain and was unable to open his eyes. He initially thought it was a coconut that hit him! However, there were no coconut trees nearby. He then thought maybe the guy next to him slugged him, but why would he do that in a peaceful yoga class? Later, other yogis informed him that an iguana fell on him from a branch 25 feet off the ground.
According to the Miami New Times, witnesses said the iguana had been dueling with an even larger iguana on the branch. It may have lost its footing or someone may have pushed it and it fell onto Michael’s face. Sanchez, who has been teaching yoga in the park for 14 years, even mentioned that there is a giant iguana that rules the park, who he have seen chasing squirrels before.
Michael was lucky to have paramedics at a nearby farmer’s market. They were able to check on him and assure that he would be fine. He declined emergency transport to the hospital and was driven home by his wife.
Michael will now forever be known as the yoga guy whose face was used as an iguana landing pad. That will make for a funny story to tell in the future! Hopefully, next time, the iguana will stay in his tree and not interrupt any more yoga classes. Namaste.