“Yoga for Amputees” by Marsha Therese Danzig

Yoga for Amputees
Marsha Therese Danzig
Sacred Oak Publishing (2018)
ISBN: 9780974485843          
Reviewed by Rachel Dehning for Reader Views (3/21)
5 Stars – The essentials for doing yoga as an amputee.

With 185,000 people becoming amputees every year, the more resources available for these people, the better. Having to change such a drastic part of yourself, not just physically but also mentally, is life-changing. For a non-amputee, life is stressful, but for an amateur amputee, they have the added stress of learning to live life without familiar extremities. There are many different ways to cope with stress for both types of people, but one common and effective way is through yoga. Yoga is a means of self-soothing to enhance the mind, body, and soul.

“Yoga for Amputees: The Essential Guide to Finding Wholeness After Limb Loss for Yoga Students and Their Teachers” by Marsha Therese Danzig encompasses every aspect of yoga and its benefits for amputees.

Actual amputees are introduced throughout the book along with their story and how yoga has benefitted them. Pictures and inspirational quotes are scattered throughout the pages as well. Ten chapters show the reader how to be a yogi, the five B’s of yoga, and the techniques that work best with each one, including the many faces of amputee yoga which presents new ways of helping veterans, children, and those with diabetes, cancer, and scoliosis.

Not being an amputee, I still found great enjoyment and a wealth of information from reading “Yoga for Amputees.” I appreciated how Danzig got technical with amputee and yoga terms but also was simplistic through many pictures to show exactly how to do the moves with and without a prosthetic. Danzig writes from experience, which I feel is a must with a topic such as amputation. Even if a reader is not an amputee, they will still learn much about yoga, but, if they are an amputee and have any interest in yoga, this book is a game-changer. There is an abundance of information included in this book that the reader is going to need to see for themselves.

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