Tall and lean, with wild curly hair and an infectious laugh, Desiree Rumbaugh could be the poster girl for the slogan "50 is the new 30." Does the anusara yoga teacher, who took up the practice 20 years ago after a career of teaching dance and aerobics, notice herself aging? Not so much. And she attributes that to yoga. "My practice has taught me to love my body and to adopt an outlook that is steady and content instead of always searching for fulfillment outside of myself," she says.
Rumbaugh still rocks complex arm-balancing poses and deep backbends, and she empowers her students to do the same. She recognizes that being willing to overcome fear and weakness is part of what keeps you feeling young. "I have students who are in their 60s and 70s learning to balance on their hands without the wall. They are going deeper in their backbends every day. Yoga is truly the fountain of youth for so many people."