Marybeth Hamilton

Marybeth Hamilton fell in love with mindfulness practice upon hearing her first yoga instruction, "Feel your feet on the floor". The year was 1995, and since then, getting out of her head and into her body has become a life path, an avenue to engaged, intuitive living that continues to inspire her and take her by surprise.

Marybeth’s passion and vision is to make mindfulness practice straightforward, inviting, and accessible to everyone: to students at Yoga on High (where she teaches hatha yoga and meditation); to teens in the Columbus public schools (where she has taught mindfulness through the medium of popular music); and to inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, where (with the support of the Yoga on High Foundation) she teaches a weekly class in mindfulness meditation. Along with Michele Vinbury, she is developing a mindfulness-based resilience training for women and girls who have survived trauma.

A writer and historian as well as a yogini, Marybeth has written books on the Delta blues and Mae West, has presented radio documentaries on the BBC, and spent twenty years teaching history at the University of London before returning to the US, her country of birth, in 2010. She lives in Columbus with her husband and an international household of wonderful teenagers. When not teaching, she loves to write in her journal, research obscure facets of Zen history, and ride her bike along the Olentangy trail.