Nancy Herzberg

June 29, 2019 — Nancy Herzberg, 63, a long-time resident of Florence, passed away early in the morning of Friday, June 21, 2019, three months after being diagnosed with advanced colon cancer.

Nancy was born March 23, 1951. She was valedictorian of one of the top high schools in the U.S., graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a 4.0 G.P.A., then obtained an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of Syracuse.

She worked for a number of nonprofit organizations in her early years before coming to Florence, where she spent several decades teaching yoga and qigong in her Heart Mountain Yoga classes. 

In the last three years of her life, Nancy made three beautiful qigong videos in Maine, Minnesota and Washington State, respectively, to inspire others to better preserve the beauty of the natural world.

These videos, “La Femmina Devina, In Flight — Extinction Dance,” and “Heart Mountain,” are available to all on YouTube.

Nancy’s life was all about spreading love, compassion and joy to everyone so blessed as to encounter her.

Nancy is survived by her loving brother, Larry Herzberg of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and a host of former yoga and qigong students and many other dear friends in Oregon and beyond. 

Donations in her name may be made to the Center for Biological Diversity,, which acts to protect the natural world which Nancy so loved. 

Plans for a celebration of her life are underway.


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