After being clean for one year I find myself needing to fill my life with alternative activities than using and drugging. EMBER makes me feel alive not just present. Depression has been a symptom in my sobriety but I find joy in EMBER. I realize now that there are many alternative lifestyles to live and EMBER has introduced me to a new curiosity, a place I don’t need any money to travel to or to buy any product because this wellness lives within me.
— Student at Ohio Reformatory for Women Prison
During my struggles to stay present, I noticed that within these classes I felt safe. This took some time. At the end of each class, when we would do the Savasana, I am not sure why, but in both of these classes, sometimes, tears would roll down my cheeks. This was a pretty new experience for me. Didn’t understand how this was to be, the absorption of what I just learned had turned to tears.
— EMBER Student at yoga studio
I was acknowledged by Michele for whatever I had to say. Even though there was a protocol, the protocol wasn’t central - the students (I) was the center of each class.
— EMBER Student at yoga studio
I have never taken anything like EMBER before which is crazy because I think this should be taught to children so they can grow up using those tools.
— Student at Ohio Reformatory for Women Prison
Every prison should have this class.
— Student at Ohio Reformatory for Women Prison
Excellent. The strongest feature of the course was being able to share openly and honestly and trust those around me. 
— Student at Ohio Reformatory for Women Prison
Before I used to use drugs to stop my nerves from bothering me, now I use tools from yoga.
— Student at Ohio Reformatory for Women Prison
I got a lot of use out of every class. I have made use of all the relaxation that I have gained. I give great thanks to both the ladies – they are great instructors.
— Student at Ohio Reformatory for Women Prison
Great energy. Helps me deal with a lot of anxiety and gave me coping skills. Major strengths of the course: connectednes and integrity.
— Student at Ohio Reformatory for Women Prison
I thought the pace and adaptations were great and one part of the class that stands out is my being able to be in savasana without crying! :)
— EMBER Student at yoga studio
There were so many valuable aspects of this class and of Michele’s ability to create a safe place. Learning how to re-engage with my body has been invaluable.
— EMBER Student at yoga studio
I’ve noticed these changes since starting EMBER: Intentions. I start my day with intentions. Upon waking my body, the possibilities are endless. Appreciation, I love my feet, before I’d only cared about my toenails, LOL. I am resilient, I have fallen but my legs can pick me back up. COPING - I have additional tools to deal with stress and pressure besides drugging. This is just an introduction for me, I will continue on. Thank you for introducing me to a healthy lifestyle. I was in need.
— Student at Ohio Reformatory for Women Prison