Desirée Rumbaugh’s Style of Yoga
Following her passion, Desirée Rumbaugh transitioned from dance, to aerobics, and finally to yoga. She has traveled the world for over 20 years teaching a method of alignment-based movement to a loyal community of followers.
Finding Joy After Tragic Loss
The book Fearless After Fifty, How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga was coauthored by Desirée and Michelle Marchildon as an inspirational book for the second half of life. The first chapter tells about the unsolved murder of Desirée’s son and his girlfriend and how Desirée made a conscious decision to find joy in her life again.
Nonetheless, her first years were especially rough and she could have become bitter and depressed. While acknowledging that she, her son, and her family are victims, she determined they would not be stuck in a victim role. That would not be their full story.
Desirée explains that yoga gave her the opportunity to challenge her thoughts and live honestly without bringing the past into each present moment.
“Every one of us has a story. Although we can’t go back to rewrite the beginning it’s up to us how we write our ending.”
Yoga Is So More Than the Class Itself
Yoga isn’t just what happens in the class but, also, what is taken out of class. Students learn body awareness in alignment-based yoga (e.g., the position of the feet and knees in relation to hips and shoulders). It’s important to etch efficient movement patterns for continued activity and longevity.
A forward head, forward shoulders, and rounded back have become an unfortunate “normal,” Desirée says. “If you want to feel vital again, find someone to help you get into an efficient posture.”
Desirée laughs that some people think yoga is simply about flexibility, but it’s so much more than that. “We’re strengthening, cultivating adaptability, and actually changing the gray matter of the brain.”
“We’re not running away from aging. Rather we are embracing this time in our lives and seeking ways to thrive with our current physical challenges. It’s our belief that we are held back by fear and not by our actual capabilities when it comes to pushing our limits.”Desirée Rumbaugh and Michelle Marchildon
Desirée Rumbaugh Lives Life Intentionally
Using a version of a Ghandi quote, Desirée encourages, “Learn as if you’re going to live forever and live as if you’re going to die tomorrow because it’s never too late. It’s important to continuously uplevel, transform, and remember to be teachable.
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No one knows if there’s a day or 40 years left to live! How do YOU want to live the rest of your days?
Do you think about the alignment of your body? Or, the alignment of your thoughts with the way you want to live?