Welcome

 

 

Welcome!   I’m Clare Norelle, a bilingual community yoga teacher in Madison Wisconsin.   I offer a variety of yoga classes in English and Spanish, including yin yoga, gentle hatha, flow yoga, and chair yoga.

Through Greenroot Yoga LLC  I also offer 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. 

 

 

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

 

Calendar

 

Nov. 19th, 2022

Hello!  I hope that you’re okay, or even doing well.  If you’ve experienced loss, fear or other hardships, I wish you comfort and healing, and send you love.

There are links on this page to free online drop-in yoga classes that I teach each week to support people’s mental health and well being; please scroll down to find those if you like.  

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A few months ago I added a new page to this website, with educational resources related to mental health.  It currently holds the links to my youtube presentations, Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing, and links to pdfs of the slideshow I made about the Community Resiliency Model, or CRM, a non-yoga body-centered approach to working with anxiety, depression, and trauma. 

You can find these resources here: https://clarenorelle.com/resources-for-mental-health-and-well-being/

The CRM slideshow has a lot of exercises and activities to support mental health, with many of them designed to be accessible for people of all ages, including children.  It also has a detailed section about the neurobiology of anxiety, depression, and trauma, and the ways that the CRM exercises can work with your nervous system to help you feel better.  If you’re interested I hope that you’ll check it out, and let me know if you find anything helpful in it.

 

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Would you like to join me for some free online yoga?  I offer three free online yoga sessions every week, in English, Spanish or bilingually, depending on who shows up; Zoom links are below.  

 

To learn about community yoga classes that I teach online for Madison School Community Recreation (MSCR), you can scroll further down the page… 

Other resources on this website include:

Poems from a variety of poets: https://clarenorelle.com/category/poetry/

Information on trauma and healing in the body: https://clarenorelle.com/trauma-and-healing-in-the-body/

 

Free drop-in yoga classes, online, in English and Spanish; Clases de yoga en línea, sin necesidad de inscribirse, en inglés y español

Yoga for Sleeping: Tuesdays at 9 pm in Wisconsin and in El Salvador; 7 pm on the west coast.   A very gentle practice to help you sleep well.  Yoga para el Sueño: Martes 9 pm en Wisconsin y en El Salvador; 7 pm en la costa oueste de los EEUU.  Una práctica muy suave para ayudarte a dormir bien.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89934245112?pwd=RjZyV0JpQXBaSXNWLzltbmNIajJzZz09.    Meeting ID: 899 3424 5112.  Contraseña “greenroot” / Passcode “greenroot”

Yin Yoga: Thursdays 8 pm in Wisconsin and in El Salvador; 6 pm on the west coast of the US. A gentle practice to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Yin Yoga: Jueves 8 pm en Wisconsin y en El Salvador; 6 pm en la costa oueste de los EEUU.  Una práctica suave para ayudar a aliviar estrés y la ansiedad.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88280449664?pwd=K3JWYmxCcTEwYUpOc0RPRHpJMldOQT09  Meeting ID: 882 8044 9664  Contraseña “greenroot” / Passcode “greenroot”

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Gentle Yoga: Saturdays 8:45 am in Wisconsin and in El Salvador; 6:45 am on the west coast of the US. Hatha yoga standing, sitting, and lying on a mat, to relieve stress, strengthen the immune system, and increase well-being. Yoga Suave: Sábado 8:45 am en Wisconsin y en El Salvador; 6:45 am en la costa oueste de los EEUU. Hatha yoga de pie, sentado, y acostado en un tapete o colchoneta, para aliviar el estrés, fortalecer el sistema inmunológico, y aumentar el bienestar.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83014638156?pwd=L2NtcS9xWjVyVmo5SEY1WGpBcHZ4UT09

Meeting ID: 830 1463 8156.  Contraseña “greenroot” / Passcode “greenroot”  

 

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If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.  –Lilla Watson, Aboriginal elder, activist and educator from Queensland, Australia.

 

Even after decades of yearning and learning and working towards racial justice and reparations—really really imperfectly, pretty steadily—I still get inarticulate when I try to talk about these things. So I’ll just say that along with raw grief and fear over the deaths of so many Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people from police violence and Covid 19, I find some hope in seeing how many people are working in so many different ways towards ending the violence and racial injustice embedded in our culture and its institutions.  I stand with them, and with the people seeking ways to make this movement grow and become sustainable.

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I appreciate and feel so much gratitude for the long history of yoga in India: for the practitioners who carried it forward and developed it, and for the many diverse paths that they travelled with yoga over time, first in India and then out into other areas of the world. I love yoga practices for how they can support physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and for how they can strengthen a sense of self-determination, freedom, connection, and solidarity with the world around us.

So I want yoga to be accessible to anyone who wants to try it. For people of different backgrounds and histories and bodies of all kinds. Inexpensively or for free, whenever possible.

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More about the free online yoga classes

Some days a lot of people show up for these free classes, and other days one or two.  Either way I like holding space for people to practice yoga together, and as long as people keep coming to these sessions, I will keep offering them.

You’re welcome to participate in any of my free community yoga classes for free, really.  But if you’d like to take them and make a donation somewhere, here are some good places where you might do that:

MACH1 Health (street clinics for people in Madison without housing) at: http://machonehealth.org/donate/. 

The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/blackwomenswellnesscenter 

ROOTS4Change Farm to Families fund, at: https://roots4change.coop/farm-to-families-fund/

Occupy Madison, building tiny houses for people in Madison WI who are homeless: https://occupymadisoninc.com

 

All of the yoga classes I teach are informed by my training and certification 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.

 

 

 

Online yoga sessions, December 2022 and Winter 2023

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December 2022

In addition to teaching free online classes through this website and individual sessions through the Dane County Comprehensive Community Services program, each week I teach several low-cost online community yoga classes through Madison School Community Recreation, or MSCR. 

For the whole month of December MSCR offers Fit for the Holidays.  With this program participants pay $40 if they are residents of Dane County or $60 if they’re not, and have access for the month to all of the online fitness classes offered through MSCR: yoga with many different teachers, tai chi, zumba, and many many exercise classes of different kinds.  

This year I’ll be offering six classes weekly through Fit for the Holidays: 

Mondays/Lunes, todo diciembre 2022: 10:15 Yoga Suave en Sillas (Chair Yoga, in Spanish)

Mondays throughout December: 7 pm Yin Yoga

Tuesdays throughout December: 10:30 Gentle Yoga

Thursdays throughout December 10:30 Flow Yoga

Fridays throughout December 12 noon Vocal Yoga (new!  and fun!)

Saturdays throughout December 10:15 am Yin Yoga

To see the entire MSCR Fit for the Holidays schedule for 2022, you can go here: https://www.mscr.org/images/PDFs/Fitness/MSCRFitfortheHolidays2022.pdf

To register for MSCR Fit for the Holidays 2022, you can go here: https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/mscractivenet/activity/search/detail/27027?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

 

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Winter 2023

Mondays / Lunes  

10:15 am Yoga Suave en sillas, en línea, Madison School Community Recreation (MSCR): 9 enero – 20 marzo.  Para personas con más de 50 años; una práctica relajante, sentada en sillas y de pie usando sillas para apoyar el estiramiento. Para inscribirse: mscr.org 

 

7 pm Yin Yoga online through MSCR: January 9th – March 20th.  Slow, long-held stretches sitting and lying on the ground; a peaceful practice, good for increasing physical and emotional flexibility.  To register: mscr.org

 

Tuesdays / Martes 

10:30 Gentle Yoga online, MSCR Goodman Rotary, January 10th – March 21st. A gentle hatha yoga practice combining stretching, strengthening, balancing, and guided rest. This is a Goodman Rotary Class, for people over 50. To register: mscr.org

 

9 pm Yoga para el Sueño en línea, gratuita cada semana; 9 pm en Wisconsin y en El Salvador; 7 pm en la costa oueste de los EEUU. Una práctica muy suave para ayudarte a dormir bien en la noche; sesiones gratuitas abiertas a todxs, y sin necesidad de inscribirse.  En español e inglés.

Yoga for Sleeping, free online each week; 9 pm in Wisconsin and in El Salvador; 6 pm on the west coast of the US.  A very gentle practice to help you sleep well at night; free drop-in sessions open to all, no need to register.  In English and Spanish.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89934245112?pwd=RjZyV0JpQXBaSXNWLzltbmNIajJzZz09.    Meeting ID: 899 3424 5112
Passcode / Contraseña: greenroot

 

 

Wednesdays: no yoga sessions

 

 

Thursdays / Jueves  

10:30 am Gentle Flow Yoga online, MSCR Goodman Rotary, January 12th – March 23rd. A gentle flowing practice, creating rhythms of movement through standing, kneeling, sitting, and reclining yoga positions. This is a Goodman Rotary Class, for people over 50. To register: mscr.org
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Yin Yoga, free online sessions: Thursdays 8 pm in Wisconsin and in El Salvador; 6 pm on the west coast of the US. A gentle practice to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Yin Yoga, clases gratuitas en linea: Jueves 8 pm en Wisconsin y en El Salvador; 6 pm en la costa oueste de los EEUU.  Una práctica suave para ayudar a aliviar estrés y la ansiedad.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88280449664?pwd=K3JWYmxCcTEwYUpOc0RPRHpJMldOQT09  Meeting ID: 882 8044 9664  Contraseña “greenroot” / Passcode “greenroot”

 

Saturdays / Sábado 

Yoga Suave para Aliviar el Estrés (gratuita): Sábado 8:45 am en Wisconsin y en El Salvador; 6:45 am en la costa oueste de los EEUU. Hatha yoga de pie, sentada, y acostada en un tapete o colchoneta, para aliviar el estrés, fortalecer el sistema inmunológico, y aumentar el bienestar; sesiones gratuitas cada semana empezando el 3 de marzo; no hace falta inscribirse.  Gentle Yoga for Stress Release: free ongoing drop-in sessions, Saturdays at 8:45 am in Wisconsin and in El Salvador; 6:45 am on the west coast of the US. Hatha yoga standing, sitting, and lying on a mat, to relieve stress, strengthen the immune system, and increase well-being. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83014638156?pwd=L2NtcS9xWjVyVmo5SEY1WGpBcHZ4UT09

Meeting ID: 830 1463 8156

 

10:15 MSCR Yin Yoga  January 14th – March 25th Slow, long-held stretches sitting and lying on the ground; a peaceful practice, good for increasing physical and emotional flexibility.  To register: mscr.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

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