In Memoriam: Marsha Therese Danzig 1962-2022

Jerrica Thurman Blog

Marsha Therese Danzig, yoga teacher and founder of Y4A: Yoga for Amputees passed away on January 8th, 2022, after a battle with Covid-19. Marsha spent the last two decades of her life teaching and training adaptive yoga and truly personified the movement. Marsha created Color Me Yoga, a yoga teaching program aimed at helping children learn the practice of yoga. Marsha was truly a cornerstone in the limb loss/limb difference community.  

 

Born on November 4th, 1962, and raised in Albany, New York, and South Orange, New Jersey, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Marsha won her battle with cancer but became a below-the-knee amputee due to the complications of cancer. This did not stop Marsha from living a full and meaningful life. She earned an Arts Degree from Union College in New York and her M.Ed. from Harvard. After working for the United Nations in Switzerland, she went on to a fulfilling career as a yoga instructor, author, and motivational speaker.  

 

Marsha is survived by her mother, Patricia Brady Danzig of South Orange New Jersey. Her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Beth and Dr. Ron Hartfelder of Salem, Mass., and their three sons, Charlie, Miles, and Jack, her sister and brother-in-law Darcy and Gary Plunkett of Oakwood, Ohio, and their children, Maddie and RJ, her brother and sister-in-law, Steven, and Jennifer Danzig of Portland Maine, and their three children, Declan, Brogan, and Moira, and her brother and sister-in-law, Matthew, and Susie Danzig of Menlo Park California, and their two children, Luke, and Mackenzie. 

 

You can watch Marsha’s TedTalk on her personal journey of overcoming complex medical challenges throughout life, using Flamenco dancing as an outlet for expressing her strength and resilience.  

Flamenco Is My Fight | Marsha Danzig | TEDxDayton – YouTube