• Yoga Teacher

    I took my first Hatha & Kundalini classes in 1994 at the University of Oregon. I experienced life-changing transformation when I attended a yoga retreat in Costa Rica to celebrate my 30th birthday. I graduated from Yoga Refuge Conservatory in March 2018 with my 200-hour teacher training. Please see the schedule below to come to a yoga class!

    Current Teaching Schedule

    I'm excited to offer Sunday morning yoga class each week via Zoom and I would love for you and your friends & family to join me. My class is very gentle. All levels are welcome. My goal is to create a welcoming space for all types of bodies and offer modifications to make poses accessible for all. I recommend a mat, two blocks, a strap, and blanket, but you can get creative and use whatever you have.

     
    Sundays 9am - 10am
     

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6133362110?pwd=N1ZaTjlEWmE5M3lYUkpNSFltQlhyZz09

    Meeting ID: 613 336 2110
    Passcode: yoga

     
    Suggested donation $7 per class. First class is free and please bring a friend for a free class. Please feel free to join even if you can't donate. I accept donation via Venmo: @Micki-Josi
     
    Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon on Zoom!!

     

    After class I post the recordings on my YouTube Channel.

     

    Private Yoga

    I offer private yoga in my home studio via ZOOM. I happy to provide the first session for FREE. My ongoing rate is $50 per hour. Please contact me to check availability & set up an appointment: mickijosi@gmail.com

    Free & Low Cost Yoga

    I love to go to yoga classes! Here is a list of my favorite studios and the best deals I've found for free and low cost yoga. You might see me in class too!

    Emily Light: One of my all time favorite teachers from my teacher training at Yoga Refuge. She's offering Zoom yoga for donations on Wednesday & Friday 10:30am - 11:45am PST http://emilylightyoga.com/index.php/donation-based-online-yoga-classes/
     
    Joe Gross: The awesome thing about Zoom yoga is that you can take it from anywhere. Joe teaching yoga in NYC! He's got a two donation based classes: Saturdays at 6am & Sundays at 4pm PST. https://www.yogawithjoeg.com/
     
    Kelly Carsley: Teaches Wednesday 10am & Friday 9am PST. I try to go on Fridays! She has ana amazing view of Hood River from her living room. It makes you feel like you are there! Her awesome classes are only $7 on Zoom. You can try your first one free and let her know I sent you so I can get my free class too. Email her for the link carsleyk@yahoo.com
     

    Portland Community College offers Yoga classes for credit and non-credit. You sign up for the whole term, the non-credit class is about $125 for 10-weeks, so that's just about $12.50 per class. My favorite was Saturdays 10am at SE Campus, but now all of the classes are on Zoom, so let me know if you want to talk about my favorite classes. Since I teach there I get to take them for free and so I will likely see you in class.

     

    Yoga Union on SE 50th and Division has some Free Yoga for Beginner's class and a few $5 drop in class, including Chair Yoga.

     

    Unfold on SE 37th and Division has $5 community classes including Chair Yoga.

     

    Woodstock Wellness on SE 47th and Woodstock offers a $5 community class.

     

    People's Food Coop on SE 21st between Powell & Division offers Free yoga to co-op members in their Community Room. I especially love the Kaleidoscope on Wednesdays at 10am! That one is free for all, no membership is required.

     

    Yoga Refuge

    Yoga Refuge is near and dear to me since it's the studio that I completed my 200-hour teacher training at.

     

    Yoga Teaching Journey

    My whole life I struggled with PCOS and has irregular periods. When I was 30 I went on a life changing yoga retreat in Costa Rica. This set me on a path to discover better health and nutrition. At 35 when my periods started to become regular again, I decided I wanted to try to have children. My husband and I tried to get pregnant for 4 years. I found out at age 41 that I had stage 1 uterine cancer and I had to have a full hysterectomy.
     
    Thankfully the surgery resulted in them catching the cancer and likely saved my life. I really wanted my body back after that, so I rejoined the gym near me, LA Fitness, as soon as I could and while there I went to a yoga class with a plus size teacher that sort of blew my mind. She turned the lights down, turn on classical music and I allowed myself to cry throughout the whole class. It was so healing and wonderful and I was just so inspired by her. Since she had a body similar to mine, I felt the class was just for me. She gave me a vision for seeing myself as a yoga teacher. I've always loved yoga. So I kept going to the gym and even paid more so I could bring friends as guests and that got me there more than ever, since I'm so very social and it was like: hey let's meet at the gym for yoga, dance, water aerobics, etc.
     
    After not being able to have children, my husband and I got inspired to adopt a child from foster care. We started to go to trainings and counseling and I cleared my schedule to make space in our home and life. I also realized that my self care wasn't nearly where I needed it to be to care for a child. How could I expect to care for a child when I wasn't really caring for myself?! I set up a yoga studio in my garage, which is now where I teach my math class remotely. But as I was doing yoga on my own in the garage, I felt alone and like I really didn't know that much about what I was doing. I was just practicing what I had learned in the classes I'd taken, but something was missing. Through couples counseling we realized we weren't ready to adopt, so then I saw this opportunity to go to yoga teacher training. I had the time and I figured it was just for me to learn and grow my own practice. I didn't really have the intention to teach at that point. It just felt the perfect window of time to help myself prepare for bringing a child into our home. A skill that I could learn for myself and my community.
     
    So October 2017, I joined the 200-hour Yoga Conservatory at Yoga Refuge. It was a remarkable and life changing experience! I'm so happy I did it. After training I thought, well I might as well practice teaching so I can develop that skill. My main goal was to make yoga a part of my lifestyle, a habit, a practice, and to build community. I went back to my gym and I got hired to teach yoga and ended up back in that same room with the amazing teacher I'd had there and who inspired me to see myself as a yoga teacher. I taught there for 2 years. I got to bring free guests and got a free membership. My brother came to my classes every Sunday for two years to work out and take yoga. As a plus size teacher myself, showing up in my bigger body to be the yoga teacher at the gym was very challenging to my inner critic. But I feel like representation is so important and I tried to offer lots of variation on poses to allow for a balance of effort and ease and to meet the needs of a very diverse class. That's what I really loved about the gym, the diversity of levels, bodies, experience, etc.
     
    But then Covid-19 hit and the gym closed. I took it as a nice little teaching break. I started to take zoom classes and loved the fact that I didn't have to leave my house. We got our 14 year old girl Electra from foster care and are about to adopt her. The gym reopened, but I didn't feel comfortable going back with these new mom commitments. The summer 2020, I started to teach yoga in the park to two neighbor friends with girls Electra's age. It was so lovely! Now we have transitioned to my garage studio and since I have this computer sitting here, I thought I might as well invite friends to join via Zoom. Please feel free to join me for Sunday morning yoga via Zoom. See link above.

     

     

  • So Fine Studios

    A collective of online yoga and fitness teachers

    My name is Micki Josi. I'm a Yoga & Math Teacher. So Fine is the name of my home studio in the Lents neighborhood of SE Portland, Oregon. This is where I teach my online yoga and math classes via Zoom.

     

    I'm currently working to collaborate with other teachers to form: So Fine Studios is a collective of online teachers providing a weekly schedule of body positive and accessible online yoga and fitness classes for a monthly subscription. 

     

    Reasoning:  Many of us are individually offering online classes via Zoom. Since these classes are not limited by space and location, it's creating a unique opportunity for teachers to collaborate and provide a shared weekly schedule. Students will be able to access these classes for 1 monthly subscription. Teacher will commit to providing 2 classes on the schedule per week. The profits will be split evenly among active collective members. The subscriber list is shared between all of the teachers.

     

    This project is still in the idea phase and I am looking for teachers who are interested in collaborating to form a weekly schedule of group classes in order to reach more students and continue to build our own businesses. Please email me if you are interested in getting involved: mickijosi@gmail.com and I'm happy to meet at 10am PST on Sunday after my 9am PST yoga class via Zoom. See link below and please feel free to come to my class.

  • Math Teacher

    I discovered my love for math in the 8th grade when I began tutoring my friend on the bus to school. I told her then I wanted to become a math teacher. In 2002, I joined the New York City Teaching Fellow program and began teaching Middle School Math in Brooklyn, NY. I earned a Master's in Math Education from St. John's University. I taught public school grades 5-9 for 9 years in New York City. I currently teach math at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College.

    Teaching Philosophy

    I believe that all people can learn math! In my long year career as a math instructor, I've gathered a large set of resources and ideas. I love to use a variety of approaches including games, stories, and hands-on activities, such as Origami, to engage students of all ages. For my community college course I've recorded my lessons for my students. You can see samples of my teaching on my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Mickijosi or find complete sets of links below in Micki's Math Resources.

    I provide tutoring for students of all ages from my home studio via Zoom. I offer the first session FREE. My hope is that I can help students gain independence through videos lessons during this session so that they find the supports they need. My ongoing rate is $50 per hour. Please contact me to check availability & set up an appointment: mickijosi@gmail.com

  • Math Resources

    Math for all ages.

    August 6, 2020
    One of my awesome former math students Mary Hlastala formed a non-profit Girls Count: https://www.girlscountpdx.org/ to help inspire girls in math. See the website for summer camps & homeschool pods.
    Math 95 Lecture Videos for Clackamas Community College by Micki Josi (Recorded Summer 2019) CLICK here to download the Lecture Notes Packet, Activities, and Key (handouts) Radicals: Section 7-1: Radicals Part 1: https://youtu.be/9KvhssF3o_g Section 7-1: Radicals Part 2: https://youtu.be...
    April 3, 2020
    Math 65 Links for Clackamas Community College By Micki Josi In Summer 2018 I made videos of my lessons so that I could do a flipped style class: What is a flipped class? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdKzSq_t8k8&feature=youtu.be So many students tell me about their Math Anxiety, so I love...
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