Yoga is freedom.
Michele infuses her joyful classes with lighthearted humor while still integrating the spiritual and philosophical teachings of Yoga. She welcomes students to feel their bodies, feel the breath and to dive into sensations, ride them like waves – believing that in these embodied moments, students can truly come to know their wholeness, their vibrancy and their own deeply innate wisdom.
Michele Vinbury, RYT-500, has specialized training in trauma sensitive yoga, breathwork, and mindfulness practices. Her teaching draws on over 15 years of direct-contact volunteer service with domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide prevention and human trafficking agencies, as well as time spent teaching philosophy to male inmates at a medium security prison.
Michele has taught trauma sensitive yoga to survivors of human trafficking, sexual abuse, and sexual assault, to volunteers at a rape crisis center, to homeless veterans, to refugees, to children’s hospice workers and to at-risk youth. Due in large part to this work, in spring 2013 Michele was honored with a Community Supporter Award from the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio for her efforts to support survivors and to end sexual violence in our community.
Michele currently teaches trauma sensitive yoga to women at a local drug treatment center and also at the Center for Balanced Living, a local eating disorder clinic. She teaches quarterly at Mt. Carmel Trauma to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and also to sexual assault survivors. Additionally, Michele developed and teaches a trauma sensitive yoga series at Yoga on High. Last year, she launched EMBER, a 12-week mindfulness based resilience training with Marybeth Hamilton and teaches it at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, a medium security prison in Marysville, Ohio.
See a video of Michele teaching aerial yoga here.
Michele was born in a commune at the base of the western Andes mountains of Arequipa, Peru to idealistic and adventurous parents. The locals told her father that she was an hija del Misti, or a daughter of the volcano Misti, which rises above the city there. Michele lived in Peru, and then in Brazil, until moving to California when she was 3, and then settled in New England where she lived until her early 20's. Michele's upbringing tended toward the bohemian; artists, writers, outdoor enthusists, sailors, skeptics, activists and intellectuals formed her extended family. Conversations were lively, gardens were large, and hard work was expected. Michele's natural curiousity, mixed with her ecclectic upbringing, lead her to pursue a bacchelor's degree in philosophy, which remains one of her true loves, along with yoga.
Michele now lives in Columbus, and is one of the owners of Yoga on High and Grow Yoga. She is also a co-founder of Sekoia. She has specialized training in ashtanga, OM vinyasa, pre-natal, aerial and iRest Yoga Nidra, she has also studied restorative and therapeutic yoga as well as pranayama. Currently, Michele teaches Hot Flow, Sekoia, iRest Yoga Nidra and trauma sensitive classes along with yoga hikes.
Along with being a mother, wife, yogini, writer and business owner, Michele enjoys trail running, SUP boarding, kayaking and the occasional sprint triathlon. She is always excited to get out in nature, and spends a good part of her time seeking adventures and activities that require sunscreen, bugspray and laughing until her sides hurt.