Program Director, Yoga on High Foundation
Michele Vinbury is a certified yoga teacher with specialized training in trauma sensitive yoga, breathwork, and mindfulness practices. Her teaching draws on 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.
Since her yoga teacher training, and as the Program Director for the Yoga on High Foundation, 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 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.
In 2014, Michele will begin teaching yoga to female refugees from Bhutan with Stephanie Lopez, to locally prostituted woman in downtown Columbus, as well as to women at a local treatment center. Additionally, she will develop and teach a trauma sensitive yoga class at Yoga on High. 2014 will also see the launch of EMBER, a 12-week mindfulness based resilience training, at the Marysville Prison for women, that she and teacher, Marybeth Hamilton, co-created.
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 co-owners of Yoga on High. Currently, she teaches Hot Flow, aerial and iRest Yoga Nidra classes along with Runner's Workshops and therapeutic classes through the Yoga on High Foundation. She is also one of the lead teachers in YOHI's teacher training program. Michele 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. Michele infuses her joyful classes with lighthearted humor while still integrating the spiritual and philosophical teachings of Yoga. Her style has been described by students as motiviating, compassionate, fun, energetic and inspiring.
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.
Check out one of her YOHI blog articles: Achieving Your Aspirations, Ustrasana, A New Voice Sharing the Benefits of Yoga and one of her Elephant Journal articles: Stinky Buddha
Here's an article in the Dispatch about one of her Aerial Classes.
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