If this doesn’t make you buy a yoga mat, nothing will.
Miller fell off the machine into a waterhole and the 3-ton piece of equipment followed, pinning him beneath the surface.
As he fought to breathe, Miller arched his back and pushed up with his arms, effectively adopting the “cobra” yoga pose and forcing his face back above water.
He remained in that position for more than 5 hours before a neighbor heard his cry for help. After he was rescued, Miller traveled to a hospital in Newcastle where he was treated for hypothermia and minor back injuries.
“I was trapped and had to keep my head up above water using my arms,” Miller told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “I’m not a yogi but I guess you could say that yoga saved my life…that and the will to live.”
When police arrived at the scene, only Miller’s nose and forehead were above the water. The mud and water had to be drained from the area before Miller could be pulled free. Rescue crews say it took about 2 hours.
Miller’s wife posted to Facebook more about the incident. “It was literally sheer mental strength and determination to survive that got him through,” she wrote. “As well as being fit, strong and healthy. Nothing to do with luck.”