Over a year ago, Marsha entered my barre class. Since then, we have taken ballet and yoga together. It is difficult to put into words the strength and grace Marsha brings to each class and activity she leads and participates in 🙂 Here she is….
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date?
Staying alive JOYFULLY after two bouts of bone cancer, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, a kidney transplant, and a whole host of life threatening events in between.
What was your aha (when you decided to exercise, practice yoga, eat healthier, etc) moment?
I have always been moving, so I have actually never had an “aha” moment. When I lost my leg, I did not feel comfortable dancing anymore. It was too hard to maneuver a prosthetic in the 1970’s. I walked, and did abs then.
When prosthetics got better, I could do more. The first time I danced with all of my strength was with a new prosthetic at an African Dance class at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. The class was taught by Rosa Maria. Then came Djoniba, Pat Hall, Marilyn Sylla, and Carmen (flamenco). For me, movement is prayer.
Did you go all in or build over time?
I went all in, and still do. I take at least four dance classes a week, sometimes five.
What’s your go-to form of exercise? Do you prefer exercising alone or in a group?
Dance. A group for sure. I like the energy of others, especially in a dance class.
Does music motivate you? What’s your must-have song?
Yes it does. Especially classical, latin, funk and hip hop. I would have to say Camille Saint Saen “The Swan”.
How many nights a week do you cook dinner? Do you meal prep or make it as you go?
6-7 nights a week. I make it as I go.
What’s your favorite recipe?
Coconut lime cake ~ not very healthy, but SOOOOO delicious!
Coconut Lime Cake
You will need:
- White cake
- Lime cure
- 7 minute frosting
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Make your lime curd the night before and let it cool for 24 hours in the fridge. If you want the quick version, purchase a jar of Dickinson’s Lime Curd, available at specialty grocery stores.
- The next day, make your cake.
- Make a white cake , putting the batter into 3 cake pans and baking at recommended temperature. To enhance the flavor a bit, I like to grate some lime zest and a small amount of coconut milk in place of regular milk( maybe 1/8 of what the recipe calls for). I like this white cake recipe.
- While cake cools, make the frosting. Find your favorite 7 minute frosting recipe. This one is mine, complete with double boiler! Let cool a bit.
- Once the cake is completely cooled, remove from pans to lay out the three tiers.
- Place the first layer of cake down, with top visible. Spread lime custard . Add next layer, top visible. Spread the next layer of lime custard. Be generous!
- Spread the 7 minute frosting with a plastic spatula. Be sure to add lifted peaks to the tops and sides.
- Now spread unsweetened coconut flakes all over the cake.
- Add a twisted lime on top.
What is your current goal?
To be a reflection of the God in others.
Here is Marsha’s full bio 🙂
Marsha Therese Danzig, Healer, Author, Poet, Dancer, and Yoga Teacher, RYT 500, M.ed Harvard, is a pioneer in the field of yoga as the first amputee in the United States to teach yoga, for almost two decades. She is the Founder of Yoga for Amputees and Color Me Yoga® for Children, one of the first children’s yoga programs in US.
As an author, she has published many well loved books including The Tiniest Acorn , Yoga for Busy Little Hands: Mudras for Children, A Christian Yoga Practice and her autobiography, Fierce Joy, which chronicles her story of moving through multiple traumas since childhood to become a fierce advocate for our inherent right to JOY. Presently Marsha offers an online program for women called From Trauma to Trust: a nine month program to Rebirth YOU after major trauma, chronic illness, loss and trauma.
Marsha is a dancer and mover to the core. She has a fearless and abundantly hopeful spirit which infuses everything she does. She is a childhood Ewing’s Sarcoma (which is still nearly fatal) bone cancer survivor. She considers every day a gift.
Thank you Marsha for sharing your story!! Please leave any questions and comments below 🙂
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