Episode 60: Desiree Rumbaugh & Michelle Marchildon — When I Get Old, I Want to Be Just Like You

I’m tired of the stale, depressing exercise and yoga advice for the “older set.” It too often characterizes people over 50 as weak, unfit, and fragile. There are now plenty of yogis who have been practicing for decades and are approaching their 50s, 60s, & 70s. Do you think they’re taking it easy? Nope. Neither do I.

Desiree Rumbaugh and Michelle Marchildon confirm that I am right! (And who doesn’t like to be right?) They’re the co-authors of the book — Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive With Grace, Grit, and Yoga. Their book doesn’t sugarcoat the aging process — there are fears that come, there is loss. But it’s equally practical about the strength and wisdom that come with years of experience being on this planet and in this practice. It’s inspiring and fun to listen to them and hear their perspectives about the process that — if we’re lucky — we will all get to experience.

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Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive With Grace, Grit, and Yoga

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  1. how do you incorporate all the different workouts into your week? I want do strength, cardio, and yoga but don’t have enough time in my day to devote to long works outs.

    • Hi Alison — This is a really good question and it’s a riddle I’m still figuring out. In an ideal world, I do yoga 3 to 4 times/week and cardio/weights 2 or 3 times. It doesn’t always work out that way, but that’s my aim. I will sometimes do 30 minutes of cardio in the morning and then just a 30-45 minute yoga session in the afternoon. So, I’m with you — I often do shorter periods of movement throughout the day and try to patch them together! Warmly, Andrea

    • Hi Alison, I hear you and I completely understand. I have learned from my daughter Jessica Gouthro of liveleantv.com that workouts don’t have to be long to be effective. She and her husband Brad each have developed compact and super effective 15 minute workouts that actually work. I use them often when I feel the need to be led. I can practice yoga for hours because it is my passion, but I need a bit of rear end kicking when it comes to strength and cardio workouts.

  2. I am so inspired! Thank you so much, Andrea, for featuring Desiree & Michelle’s book!! I’m making my purchase today. I’ve practiced power yoga & vinyasa yoga for 11 yrs. At 62yrs. of age, I was side-lined in early 2016 with many physical challenges. I’m back on track now and so eager to regain my inspiration from this book! It sounds amazing. I am a warrior!

    • I love it! Thanks for listening, Nyla. Warrior on! <3 Andrea

      • Thank you Nyla! We appreciate your listening and buying our book. With a hug of appreciation, Desiree

  3. Thank you Andrea for featuring these two inspiring ladies and for focusing on healthy aging in such an empowering, positive light. As I approach 60, I too want to be a wisdom warrior while inspiring other women. Our culture promotes anti-aging and I think living a yogic life can help us approach our senior years with grace, acceptance, compassion and certainly wisdom.


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