Yoga ‘pulled me in and gave me hope’

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Marsha Therese Danzig is a yoga specialist and author who has a passion for flamenco dancing.

She’s also a below-the-knee amputee, kidney transplant recipient and long-term cancer survivor believed to be one of the first amputees in the U.S. to teach yoga.

Danzig, who has a master’s in education from Harvard, said she “has been working in the healing arts fields for over two decades,” said Danzig. “I use yoga to help people, including myself, recover from trauma and reduce their pain and suffering.”

Born and raised in Albany, New York, Danzig came to the Oakwood and Dayton area in June of 2015 to teach yoga because her sister and family reside here.

“I also really love the people here—very warm hearted and welcoming. And there are a lot of exciting things going on in Dayton. I have a feeling Dayton will become a destination city for younger people as it is so livable and there is so much happening creatively,” Danzig said.

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As a 5-year-old, Danzig had Ewings sarcoma, a slow growing tumor of the bone or soft tissue, that usually affects children. It was in her lower left tibia (near the ankle.)

“At that time, I was given radiation, chemotherapy and last rites. I did recover, but the damage to my left leg and my body was done. My left leg was thinner, and as I grew, it became shorter,” she said. “The cancer treatments did permanent damage to my bladder and my kidneys, which eventually led to kidney and bladder failure as an adult.”

From the age of 4 to 13 and then again in adulthood, Danzig was a gymnast, ballerina and swimmer. At 13, Ewing’s sarcoma recurred in the same spot.

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