Michelle Johnson

Portland, Oregon

yoga teacher • author • social Justice activist



I'm Michelle Johnson, a social justice activist who teaches individuals and organizations how to live a more mindful and inclusive life. I want to use my short time on this planet to contribute to the greater good. I do this through yoga classes, workshops, retreats, Skill In Action, consulting and more. After 20 years in North Carolina, I have recently come to call Portland, Oregon my home. I'm excited to meet all my new friends.

Michelle’s teaching provides room for her students to connect body, mind, and spirit. Over and over again, I’ve seen her capably craft a wonderful experience for a room full of various levels, helping everyone feel welcome, complete, and happy. Her clear instructions are encouraging to both the newcomer and the advanced student, and her teaching helps a wide range of students learn, grow, and develop.
— Sage Rountree, Co-Owner Carrboro Yoga Company



My dedication to teach and practice yoga comes from a desire to help myself and others understand, feel, know, and embody that we are enough as we are. We live in a world where we are told we are broken, damaged, and no good. We are conditioned to feel like we aren’t enough and that we are deficient in some way.  I aim to empower people to move back into their breath and bodies and to shift from a place of believing that we aren’t enough to a place of empowerment. 

Weekly Classes

Using meditation, pranayama, and movement, I teach a power flow/vinyasa flow style class to connect people to their bodies. Show up prepared to breathe, move, transform and build community.


I offer workshops in a range of areas, including but not limited to Social Justice Yoga, Loving Kindness Meditation, Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, Yoga and Breathwork for Survivors of Sexual Violence. 

Teacher Training

Skill in Action Yoga Teacher Trainings are designed for activists, allies, and agents of change. It offers a comprehensive approach to transformational social change work.

The next training is in September 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Stay tuned for upcoming retreat opportunities. 

Skill in Action provided me the opportunity to deepen not only my practice, but my connection to others and the world around me. This training was an important part of understanding why and how to integrate my passions and to transform thoughts to actions. It is so much more than a physical practice; I have grown and am inspired to continue working to take it off the mat and into the world.
— Mary Beth Bardin

mindfulness & social change


For more than 15 years, I have worked as an organizational consultant, primarily with Dismantling Racism Works as a lead trainer training organizations and communities about personal, institutional and cultural racism. I believe social change is possible and that it is our responsibility to approach our work and goals in a mindful way. I specialize in Anti-Oppression Training, Dismantling Racism Training, Race Equity Goal Setting and Visioning, Bringing Mindfulness into the Workplace, Approaching Social Change from a Mindfulness Perspective.


intuitive Healing 

For almost 20 years, I have been a practicing clinical social worker. For close to 11 years I've been a yoga teacher. I have been an anti-racism trainer for almost 20 years. All of these healing approaches inform my intuitive healing practice. I am a healer, empath, light worker, visionary and intuitive healer. In March of 2018, I will begin leading online group sessions for healers and empaths and working with individual clients in person, by phone, skype or zoom. I use divination tools including: tarot, animal spirit cards and my own deck , Transverse, a divination deck to assist people in moving through and healing from grief. At times I use crystals, healing tinctures and salves. 


I offer many skills, co-creating a healing and transformative experience with you. These skills include:

The Universe is in constant communication with you, guiding you through signs from the natural world, dreams and your intuition. Signs are a reminder that we are connected to something bigger than ourselves. I will assist you in deepening your understanding of what signs you're receiving from the Universe and teach you how to interpret them.

Rituals will help you to stay grounded and centered. Rituals will allow you to address the fundamental needs or changes you are wanting to cultivate.

We will work together to manifest your goals and dreams for the future.

Without inner change there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.
— Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams