Teacher Feature: Desirée Rumbaugh

1. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOGA?

The cultivation of practices that develop our ability to observe how we think, speak and act in the world. With this ability to witness our thoughts, words and actions we can learn to skillfully recognize and then manage our suffering. As a result, we can spend more of our brief human life in peace and abiding joy and less in fear and anxiety.

 

2. HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO YOGA?

I took one class during an aerobics convention in the late 80’s and loved it! Then my search led me to an Iyengar yoga teacher in Southern California.

3. WHO IS YOUR PRIMARY TEACHER RIGHT NOW?

I have many teachers at the moment in many different modalities. I am interested in weight training and I learn about the body from experienced trainers and physical therapists. I study Mindfulness Meditation and am reading books about the Quantum Field by authors such as Joe Dispenza.

4. WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO KEEP TEACHING?

Even after 32 years, I never ever lose interest in Yoga. And I love to share what I am learning in my constant evolution. It thrills me to experience continual change in my practice. It only gets better with time.

5. WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE LIKE OFF THE MAT? HOW WOULD YOU SAY YOU LIVE YOUR YOGA?

My practice off the mat is about observing the way I interact with others and how often I can be present in each precious moment of my day.

6. DO YOU HAVE A ROUTINE OR RITUALISTIC WAY TO START EACH DAY? IF SO, PLEASE DESCRIBE.

I kiss my husband and then check my e-mail. Not very monastic or yogic, but I am being honest. Connection with others makes me happy. He checks his e-mail too. ❤️

7. WHAT ARE SOME NON-NEGOTIABLES YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW TO MAINTAIN BALANCE AND HEALTH IN EVERYDAY LIVING?

Movement is number one: I work out and practice yoga every day. Sometimes when I need a rest, I take a walk or do restorative poses. Eating well is in a tie for first place. I have completely let go of eating refined sugar, refined flour and drinking alcohol. This process has taken me ten years and now it is non-negotiable. My body feels very different without these things. It’s running like a fine tuned machine and that keeps me balanced while traveling and teaching ten months every year. I love and value the traveling. I also treasure having some time off and playing with my grandchildren. (Kyla is 2 and her brother is arriving this December).

8. WHAT DRAW YOU TO THE LILA COMMUNITY?

My goal in traveling to teach workshops is to support great teachers like Genell who have cultivated thriving local communities. Before I began traveling, while I was raising my children, I had my own studio in Scottsdale, AZ for 15 years. I saw how much the local students treasured their yoga studies and their connections to each other through the studio. Now I get to visit and share what I am learning with a loving supportive community in beautiful places like Portland, Maine. Connection to people and making friends is what makes this traveling work sustainable for me. Lila shows up every time with open minds and hearts.

9. IF YOU WOULD SUGGEST ONE BOOK TO THE COMMUNITY TO READ AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEEPEN THEIR LEARNING ON LIFE, YOGA, AND ALL THINGS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

An Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
Also anything by Joe Dispenza

2018-09-04T15:27:42+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Teacher Feature|0 Comments

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