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



Sunday March 29, 2020


Hello friends

Love and best wishes to you, as we move through these wild and unusual times.  I hope that you’re doing as well as possible with the rapid changes confronting us all, and finding ways to practice loving kindness with your own self and with others.

It’s more important than ever to stay connected both with other people and with our own bodies, to support individual and community wellness. To help with that, for the next four weeks (at least) I will continue to offer a series of free online yoga sessions; you can find the links for these sessions below.

–If you are a student in one of my MSCR classes and have found this page, a special welcome to you!  MSCR fitness and yoga instructors were invited last week to write a message to our students, to be placed on the MSCR website.  I wrote and sent my message to MSCR, letting my students know that I miss you (yes I do…), and that I hope you’re okay.  I also wrote that I’m continuing to teach all of my MSCR classes now as free online yoga sessions, at the same times on the same days.  Unfortunately MSCR accidentally misplaced my message–so it wasn’t published, and none of this made it onto the website.   So I’m glad that you’ve found this website, instead!  If you know other MSCR participants, or anyone else, whom you think would like to join me for some free online yoga sessions, please feel welcome to share this information with them, too.

If you scroll down this page, you’ll find:  a calendar for each week’s free online yoga classes, followed by two mp3 audio recordings of yoga practices, many YouTube links for very non-professional yoga videos that I made awhile back, and also links for my narrated slideshows on complex trauma and body-centered healing.

All of my classes are informed by training in Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), emphasizing skills that can minimize the long-term neurological and whole-body impact of overwhelming experiences, helping to strengthen resilience, immunity, and general well-being.

For all of these online sessions you’ll need to first download the free Zoom app here: https://zoom.us/pricing 

Here are the free online yoga sessions that I hope to offer through Zoom for the next four weeks (March 30th – April 25th 2020). The links will stay the same for each class through all four weeks.


Mondays / Lunes  3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20:

10:30 am Yoga Suave en Sillas, en Español:  Hatha yoga suave sentado y parado usando una silla, para aliviar el estrés, fortalecer el sistema inmunológico, y aumentar el bienestar: https://zoom.us/j/886045560     Meeting ID: 886-045-560 

7 pm, Yin Yoga: Long-held stretches sitting and lying down, for a sense of calm and flexibility: https://zoom.us/j/750590961     Meeting ID: 750-590-961


Tuesdays 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21

10:30 am Gentle Yoga: Gentle hatha yoga for strength, flexibility, and balance–practiced while standing, kneeling, and lying on the mat: https://zoom.us/j/806158014     Meeting ID: 806-158-014

1:30 pm Gentle Chair Yoga: Gentle hatha yoga for strength, flexibility, and balance–practiced while sitting in a chair and standing using a chair as optional support:   https://zoom.us/j/164122963     Meeting ID: 164-122-963 


Wednesdays / Miércoles 4/1, 4/8, 5/15, 4/22

4:30 pm Yoga Suave de pie y en el tapete: Una práctica suave de hatha yoga, para aumentar la fuerza, la flexibilidad, y el equilibrio: https://zoom.us/j/911229114    Meeting ID: 911-229-114


Thursdays 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23

10 am Gentle Flow Yoga: A flowing yoga practice to generate energy, and strengthen and stretch the whole body:  https://zoom.us/j/419568356      Meeting ID: 419-568-356

6:30 pm Yoga for Families with young children:   https://zoom.us/j/618470282?pwd=QzhFMWYrbm5rRjBtMXpvTXY4Qk1XQT09      Meeting ID: 618-470-282

7:30 pm Yin Yoga: Long-held stretches sitting and lying down, for a sense of calm and flexibility:  https://zoom.us/j/635629359     Meeting ID: 911-229-114


Saturdays 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24

10 am Yin Yoga: Long-held stretches sitting and lying down, for a sense of calm and flexibility:  https://zoom.us/j/961167152     Meeting ID: 961-167-152 

11:30 am Yoga for Families with young children:  https://zoom.us/j/765484462    Meeting ID:  765-484-462 



Meanwhile here are two free mp3 audio recordings of gentle yoga practices you might try:

Gentle trauma-sensitive yoga, sitting in a chair

Gentle trauma-sensitive yoga resting practice


And here are links to some very informal yoga videos that I made last year:


Gentle yoga 1, seated in a chair 


Gentle yoga 2, seated in a chair


Gentle yoga 3, standing with a chair


Gentle yoga 4, kneeling and lying on the mat


Gentle yoga 5, resting



Yoga Suave parte 1:   https://youtu.be/4oDlZCeFeD0 

Yoga Suave parte 2: https://youtu.be/HPBzcFTa7ts 

Yoga Suave parte 3: https://youtu.be/ns4UFjpKhuI

Yoga Suave parte 4: https://youtu.be/RTqFCkFGH8s 


And finally, here are some 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