Holy shards of horror. A woman in Portland was injured by a mirror crashing down on her in yoga class and now she’s suing the yoga studio and glass company who installed it. Talk about the worst position to be in when a huge piece of glass pops off the wall and shatters into a million sharp pieces. We could pass this off with a silly comment about reflective revenge — because we love karmic puns! — but Mary mother of mirrors this is a terrible accident we’re glad wasn’t way worse.
Earlier this year, Lindsey Eltinge was minding her own breath in savasana when all of a sudden the large section of glass came loose and fell across her body, cutting her legs and severing a nerve in her ankle requiring emergency surgery.
It was pratyahara at its finest. “My eyes were closed, and I didn’t see it, I didn’t hear it, just all of a sudden I was in excruciating pain and I couldn’t for the life of me understand why,” said Eltinge.
Neither the yoga studio, CorePower Yoga, nor the glass company, DT Glass, assumed responsibility, so Eltinge filed a $455,000 lawsuit to cover the $40,000 for past medical costs, $10,000 for future medical costs, $5,000 for lost wages and $400,000 for pain and suffering.
That sounds like an awful lot for pain and suffering (which we yogadorks will forever find hard to understand: how that’s quantified by monetary compensation), but when you think about how vulnerable we all are in savasana and the kind of trauma an enormous piece of reflective glass shattering over your entire body and almost cutting your foot off might incur, perhaps that amount’s not out of the acceptable range? (Ed. note: It’s not to discount this woman’s pain and suffering, which is surely indisputable, it’s how this translates to money. Is her trauma worth 200k? 400k? 500 kajilion? How to arrive at the number for something that is so deeply personal and non-material is the perplexing part.)
We sometimes make fun of mirrors in yoga class — yoga is an inward practice! sigh* — but forget all that. This, THIS would be our reason numero uno not to practice in front of them. And hey, you might want to steer clear of the ceiling fans and lighting fixtures while you’re at it.
*We know there are some benefits to practicing with a mirror. This is not one of them.
Image via The Oregonian courtesy of Sean DuBois