Marsha T Danzig
Y4A: Yoga for Amputees Founder
November 4, 1962 - January 8, 2022
Marsha Therese Danzig, below the knee amputee, yoga therapist and yoga teacher, and founder of Y4A: Yoga for Amputees, tragically died from complications of Covid-19 on January 8, 2022.
The entire yoga community continues to mourn her loss.
Marsha lived an active life, full of the things she loved – music, art, dancing, laughter – and she was surrounded by the love of friends, family, and the limb loss and limb limitation community. She successfully navigated the effects of childhood cancer, an amputation, and a kidney transplant, and was fully vaccinated, boosted, and careful in her daily life. However, the coronavirus still struck.
Marsha was a pioneer in the yoga world. She was the first amputee to become a yoga teacher, and she dedicated her teaching to making yoga accessible to anyone with limb loss, limb limitation, or limb difference. Marsha was a major factor in helping the yoga world to become more inclusive of those with limb loss or limb limitation. Her focus on treating amputees as whole people has helped influence the yoga world’s advancement over the last several years toward being less didactic, and being more adaptive and inclusive of everyone – a true yoga for every body, every day, everywhere.
As a result of a lifetime of teaching yoga to and for amputees, Marsha has established a vast network of resources for amputees. Also, through Marsha’s Y4A teacher training program, there are 95 Y4A teachers listed on the Y4A webpage representing the US, and places as far away the UK, Turkey, Australia, Spain, and Russia, a worldwide reach.
To keep these resources active and accessible, Lucy Lomax, Y4A Master Trainer, and Heather Thamer, Y4A Teacher, have taken over administration of the Y4A: Yoga for Amputees platform. They also intend to continue to train yoga teachers and yoga therapists to teach Y4A: Yoga for Amputees.
Thank you for patience as we traverse this transition. For immediate assistance, please contact Lucy or Heather at the above links.
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Heather, Marsha & Lucy at the Disabled Sports USA Conference
2019 in Rochester, NY
YOGA FOR AMPUTEES: The Essential Guide To Finding Wholeness After Limb Loss
Yoga for Amputees:The Essential Guide To Finding Wholeness After Limb Loss
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The mission of Y4A: Yoga for Amputees by Marsha T Danzig® is to provide health, wellness,freedom of movement, psychological healing, spiritual renewal and a deep sense of wholeness to people who have experienced limb loss. For over a decade our caring and professional global network of yoga educators offer classes,workshops, trainings for yoga teachers and healthcare professionals, clinical professional development, and research both live and online. Yoga for Amputees believes in empowering amputees to celebrate their unique contributions to the world , supporting them in whatever stage of their amputee journey they are in through the healing practice of yoga. We believe in possibility and human potential to thrive in life, no matter the challenges.