Michele Vinbury


Michele Vinbury

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IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
Somatic Experiencing
E-500 RYT Yoga Teacher
Ayurvedic Health Educator
Certified iRest Meditation Teacher
REIKI Master

Michele Vinbury’s approach to supporting people who have experienced trauma has evolved over 25 years of direct-contact work with survivors of complex traumas and with people navigating life stressors.   In sessions with Michele, clients explore body-based approaches to healing. 

What’s a body-based approach? Simply put, even though thoughts, memories and stories are important to unpack, in your sessions with Michele, emphasis and kind curiosity will be placed on messages that are arising from sensations in your body (instead of just thoughts coming from your brain!)  By offering techniques to engage through their body, Michele helps clients tune into messages that can shift stuck patterns, integrate past trauma, and regulate and soothe frayed and frazzled nervous systems. 

Over the course of multiple, individualized sessions, you may explore things like grounding, boundary development, co-regulation, defensive movement processing and feeling safe with yourself.  The result?  Greater organization in your nervous system and more freedom, ease and flow in your life.

The driving philosophy that underlies Michele’s style is one that considers healing from an unshakable knowing that each of us is already inherently whole and complete. In her sessions, she holds space for clients to bring attention not only to the broken, hurt and sad places, but also to the ways that each client is, in this and every moment, complete, whole, and deserving of love.  She has found that as clients explore the challenges of their lives from this framework (one wherein every part of their experience, and every aspect of who they are is received as part of their wholeness), deep integration can take place.  

Michele has studied Somatic Therapy through Somatic Experiencing International, is a Yoga Alliance registered E-500 yoga teacher and a registered Yoga Therapist through IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists.)  She completed her studies as an Ayurvedic Health Educator through the California College of Ayurveda, has advanced training in hands-on energy healing, and is also a certified iRest Yoga Nidra and certified Seven Homecomings Meditation Teacher.  Michele completed her undergraduate degree at Salisbury University and the University of Rhode Island, graduating (summa cum laude) with a BA in Philosophy (minor in Psychology) and is currently working toward a master’s degree at Northwestern University. 

Michele owned one of the largest yoga and wellness centers in the Midwest (Yoga on High) for almost 10 years and is the creator of an evidence based, trauma informed resilience training (EMBER).  She has been helping clients and students to resolve issues of stress and trauma for many years and is also deeply committed to engaging in her own personal process of healing and growth.  In addition to private sessions, Michele teaches workshops, trainings and retreats locally and abroad. Michele has a passionate commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, along with an unwavering drive for social justice and change. She is happiest when outside, and finds great joy as a life-partner, mother, stepmother, dog-mom, friend, oldest sister, auntie and goofball!

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