Clare Norelle is a bilingual community yoga teacher, songwriter, and storyteller in Madison Wisconsin.  She engages children and adults with warmth and humor, supporting a sense of connection with their own bodies, with people close to home and far away, and with animals, plants, and nature.

Clare offers a variety of yoga classes in English and Spanish, including yin yoga, gentle hatha, flow yoga, chair yoga, yoga & dance games for kids and families, and Yoga, Music, and Movement sessions for young children.  

Through Greenroot Yoga LLC she offers individual and group sessions in Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), an adjunct treatment for complex trauma, and presentations in English and Spanish about complex trauma and body-centered healing.  

Clare also offers performances for adults and for children, with songs in various languages and storytelling from around the earth.  She has several albums of music available, some for kids and families, and others for adults.

“Clare Norelle is a skilled, sensitive instructor of yoga.  She is acutely aware of the physical needs and limitations of her students, and her warmth, good humor and positive outlook help make her classes both relaxing and enlivening.”


“Clare Norelle is an extraordinary storyteller and musician! Her performance was a great way to end our winter reading challenge.  There was a wonderful variety of stories, songs, and audience participation. Clare’s bright smile and energy captivated all ages.  We will look forward to having her at our library again in the future!  …Clare Norelle’s bilingual songs and stories more than met my expectations and the community’s.”

–Amanda Brueckner, Youth Services Librarian, Waterloo, WI


The earth our mother always says yes. From the skins of the mountains to the depths of the sea, across all her vast surfaces, she blooms with as much life as can possibly be. Yesses everywhere swimming and floating and running, dancing a trillion dances for the sun.  Can we learn to bring as much life as we can to every place that we are, as she does?  Can we learn to nurture what we love and not kill what we fear?  What is the answer?  Yes.

–Anne Herbert



Hello, and thank you for visiting this website.

This past spring I finished a new album of music, Islands of Possible Things.  Some great musicians played on it with me, and I’m really pleased with it.   You can hear clips from it on the Recordings page of this website, and you can purchase Cds or Mp3 downloads there as well.  

Here is a schedule with some of my upcoming classes, presentations, and performances.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions–I’d love to hear from you.

Wishing you peace,



Fall 2018, Community Yoga Classes and Sessions 


10 am,  9/17 – 11/26: Yoga Suave con Sillas para 50+, MSCR Goodman Rotary: una práctica de yoga muy suave para personas con más de 50 años. Para aprender más o inscribirse: http://www.mscr.org/registration/guia-de-programas-de-otono

Afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions, by arrangement

5:15 pm, 9/24: Free Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) session at Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison

5:15 pm, 10/8 – 11/5 (these dates have changed):   Five week TCTSY series at Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison, $100 or sliding scale for five weeks; for more information or to register, please contact clarenorelle@mac.com

5:15 pm, 11/12 – 12/10    Five week TCTSY series at Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison, $100 or sliding scale for five weeks; for more information or to register, please contact clarenorelle@mac.com

7 pm, 9/10 – 11/15: Yin Yoga, MSCR East on Cottage Grove Rd.: http://www.mscr.org



10:30 am,  9/11 – 12/18:  Gentle Yoga 50+ Goodman Rotary MSCR Covenant: http://www.mscr.org

1:15 pm, 9/11 – 12/18:  Gentle Yoga 50+ Goodman Rotary MSCR Odana: http://www.mscr.org



Mornings & afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions by arrangement

12 pm, 9/19  Complex Trauma and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, a free presentation and practice.  For more information or to register: trauma-sensitive-yoga-noon.eventbrite.com

7:30 pm, 9/19  Complex Trauma and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, a free presentation and practice.  For more information or to register: trauma-sensitive-yoga-evening.eventbrite.com



10 am, 9/13 – 12/20:  Flow Yoga 50+, Goodman Rotary MSCR Odana: http://www.mscr.org

Afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions, by arrangement

6:15 pm, 9/13 – 11/08: Family Yoga and Dance, MSCR Hoyt: http://www.mscr.org

7:15 pm, 9/13 – 11/08: Yin Yoga MSCR Hoyt: http://www.mscr.org



Mornings: Yoga, Music, and Movement Sessions, UW Preschool Lab and elsewhere

Afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions, by arrangement



10:15 am, 9/15 – 11/10: Yin Yoga, MSCR Odana: http://www.mscr.org

11:30 am, 9/15 – 11/10: Family Yoga and Dance, MSCR Odana: http://www.mscr.org


Performances, Fall 2018 

Monday 9/10/18

10:30 am Lakeview Library: Cuentos y Cantos, Stories and Songs in Spanish and English: https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/locations/lakeview-library


Saturday and Sunday, 9/29/18 and 9/30/18

Songs, stories, and yoga at Camp HOPE, a free weekend camp for bereaved families near Rosholt WI:  https://www.camphopeforkids.org


Saturday 10/13/18

2 – 5 pm at McHenry County Conservation District, Woodstock Illinois  Nature Stories and Songs, for children and familieshttp://www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/exner-marsh/


Sunday 11/11/18

2:30 pm Songs for peace and justice, as part of a benefit concert for Backyard Mosaic Women’s Project: http://www.backyardmosaicwomensproject.org



The world is full of beauty, magic, miracles, and patterns that induce wonder… Emergence is one of the best concepts I have learned for discussing this wonder.   Emergence emphasizes critical connections over critical mass, building authentic relationships, listening with all the senses of the body and the mind.

The crisis is everywhere, massive massive massive.  And we are small.

But emergence notices the way small actions and connections create complex systems, patterns that become ecosystems and societies.  Emergence is our inheritance as a part of this universe; it is how we change.  Emergent strategy is how we intentionally change in ways that grow our capacity to embody the just and liberated worlds we long for.

adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy