Michele Vinbury & Marybeth Hamilton
Marybeth Hamilton is co-creator and co-director of EMBER™ (Mindfulness-Based Emotional Resilience), a yoga and meditation program aimed at women and men in transition from trauma. A 200-hour certified yoga teacher, she has specialized training in mindfulness teaching, prison meditation facilitation, and yoga for anxiety and PTSD. Her teaching draws on thirty years experience as an educator, including seventeen years at Birkbeck College, the adult education wing of the University of London. Since 2010, when she left academia, she has taught mindfulness meditation and trauma-sensitive yoga at the Tapestry therapeutic community at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW); at ORW’s Reintegration Unit for inmates on the verge of release; at Women in Transition, an outpatient program for women in recovery run by the treatment facility Compdrug; in trauma-sensitive classes at Yoga on High; in classes for students and staff at Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy; and in a series of workshops for yoga teachers and therapists. Drawing on her twenty-year immersion in the practice of mindfulness, her teaching emphasizes curiosity, openness, and sensitivity to the body’s innate capacity for restfulness and ease.
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 20 years of direct-contact volunteer service with domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide prevention and human trafficking agencies. Michele is a dynamic, sometimes goofy and always interactive teacher. She builds connections and community with her students through deep knowledge of the practices and a lighthearted sense of humor.
Michele has taught trauma sensitive series classes to the following student groups through her work as the Director of the Yoga on High Foundation:
Volunteers at SARNCO
Women of Freedom a la Cart
Male Combat Veterans
Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Survivors of Sexual Assault
Clients in IOP at Center for Balanced Living
Clients of CORRC
Female Inmates at ORW
Students at St. Vincent’s partial hospitalization treatment center for kids
Staff at psychiatric hospital
Michele is also the lead teacher in Yoga on High’s 100hour Trauma Sensitive teacher training.