Michele Vinbury

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.  

Director, Yoga on high foundation

Michele Vinbury is a co-owner of Yoga on High and 500 hour 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.

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 taught yoga to female refugees, to locally prostituted woman in downtown Columbus, and to women in a local drug treatment center.  In 2015 she taught to a group of female combat veterans and added a weekly class at a local eating disorder clinic.  In 2016 she will add a class for male veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and will be collaborating with a local researcher to begin a 6 month research program to empirically validate EMBER's curriculum.  She also co-teaches the EMBER (Mindfulness Based Emotional Resilience), trauma sensitive yoga teacher training program at Yoga on High.

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