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!

Here is a schedule of some upcoming classes, presentations, and performances in and around Madison.  

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions–I’d love to hear from you.



If you scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll find YouTube links to my narrated slideshows on complex trauma and body-centered healing.


November and December 2019

Community Yoga Classes, and Performances 


Mornings & afternoons: Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), individual sessions by arrangement (waiting list)

5:15 pm  10/28 – 11/25: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, five-week series for people in recovery from trauma, at Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison, 408 Baldwin St.    $100 or sliding scale for five sessions, with audio and visual support materials.

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) invites you to move your body at your own speed and on your own terms, using gentle yoga forms. It’s a chance to spend time noticing the present moment; making choices for how to be in, and with, your own body; gently reconnecting with the many parts of your self as you feel ready to. There are no physical adjustments in TCTSY, and no pressure: you are welcome to come as you are.

Registration and payment are through the Shambhala Center website, at https://madison.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=388203 

7 pm September 9th – November 18th:  Yin Yoga, MSCR East on Cottage Grove Rd. http://www.mscr.org



10:30 am  September 10th – December 10th  Gentle Yoga 50+ Goodman Rotary MSCR Covenant: http://www.mscr.org

1:15 pm   September 10th – December 10th  Gentle Yoga 50+ Goodman Rotary MSCR Odana: http://www.mscr.org


Also, as a part of MSCR’s Goodman Rotary Gap Fitness program ($15 for a week of classes):

1 pm December 17th, Gentle Yoga 50+ MSCR Odana, 5625 Odana Rd.



Mornings & afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions by arrangement (waiting list)



10 am   September 12th – December 12th:  Flow Yoga 50+, Goodman Rotary MSCR Odana: http://www.mscr.org

Afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions, by arrangement

6:15  September 12th – November 21st:  Family Yoga and Dance, MSCR Hoyt, 3802 Regent St. http://www.mscr.org

7:15 September 12th – November 21st:  Yin Yoga, MSCR Hoyt, 3802 Regent St. http://www.mscr.org



Mornings & afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions by arrangement (waiting list)

6 pm Friday December 13th: Performance of songs from the Nueva Canción movement, at fundraiser for the Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St. Madison, WI 53713.  For more information, please contact Antonio Quintanilla, at 608-441-3249. 



10:15 am September 14th – November 23rd, Yin Yoga MSCR Odana, 5625 Odana Rd.  http://www.mscr.org

11:30 am September 14th – November 23rd,  Family Yoga and Dance  MSCR Odana, 5625 Odana Rd.  http://www.mscr.org


Also, as part of MSCR Fit for the Holidays:

10:15 am December 7th and 14th, Yin Yoga, MSCR Odana, 5625 Odana Rd. .  http://www.mscr.org

11;30 December 7th and 14th, Family Yoga and Dance, MSCR Odana, 5625 Odana Rd. .  http://www.mscr.org



Slideshows on Complex Trauma and Body-Centered Healing

Part 1 What is trauma? / Trauma in the nervous system


Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing Part 1 pdf


Part 2 Neuroplasticity, and trauma in the brain


Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing Part 2 pdf


Part 3 Trauma vulnerability and resilience / Kinds of trauma

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing Part 3, pdf


Part 4 Body-centered approaches to healing complex trauma

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing Part 4, pdf


Part 5 Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and other healing resources

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing Part 5, pdf


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