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. Certified in ashtanga, OM vinyasa, pre-natal, aerial and iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1, she has also studied restorative and therapeutic yoga as well as pranayama. Michele infuses her joyful classes with lighthearted humor and silliness 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.
Program Director, Yoga on High Foundation
Michele has worked and volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations in a number of different capacities through the years. From teaching philosophy to men at a medium security prison to answered help-lines for domestic violence agencies, volunteering with sexual assault response networks and suicide prevention programs to running voter registration drives and facilitating town meetings. She was also the newsletter editor for a veterans’ healing and support organization, QOVF. Currently, she volunteers for an Anti-Human Trafficking organization CORRC and with Human Trafficking outreach, DOMA, in the Columbus area.
Michele’s passion and enthusiasm for working with persons in need brought her to the Yoga On High Foundation, where she currently serves as the Program Director. Through the Foundation, she teaches classes to volunteers at a local rape crisis center, children and teens from local and nationally underserved schools and to female survivors of human trafficking.
Check out one of her YOHI blog articles: Achieving Your Aspirations, A New Voice Sharing the Benefits of Yoga and one of her Elephant Journal articles: Stinky Buddha