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.
Calendar and resources
January 8th, 2022
Hello, and best wishes to you for the New Year…
I hope that you’re okay, or even doing well. If you have experienced loss, or fear, or other hardships in these months of the pandemic, I wish you comfort and healing, and send you love.
Would you like to join me for some free online yoga?I offer three free online yoga sessions every week, two in Spanish and one in English, with the Zoom links below. It’s fine to come to the Spanish language classes even if you don’t speak Spanish; if needed I teach these sessions in both languages.
¿Te gustaría unirte a mí para practicar yoga en línea gratis?Ofrezco tres sesiones de yoga en línea gratuitas cada semana, dos en español y una en inglés, con los enlaces de Zoom a continuación. Está bien venir a las clases que están en ingles aunque no hables ingles; si es necesario, puedo enseñar estas sesiones en ambos idiomas.
To learn about community yoga classes that I teach online for Madison School Community Recreation (MSCR), you can scroll further down the page; below that you can also find links to many sets of peaceful yoga music that I’ve put together on Spotify.
Para aprender más sobre las clases de yoga comunitarias que enseño para Madison School Community Recreation (MSCR), puedes mirar más abajo en esta página; a continuación, también puedes encontrar enlaces para muchos conjuntos gratuitos de música tranquila de yoga, que he puesto en Spotify.
Free ongoing yoga classes, online, in English and Spanish
Clases continuas de yoga gratuita, en línea, en inglés y español,
Yoga para el Sueño(en español y inglés, dependiendo de quién está presente): 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; gratuita cada semana.
Yoga for Sleeping (in English and Spanish, depending on who shows up): 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; free weekly sessions.
Gentle and Yin Yoga (in English and Spanish, depending on who shows up): Wednesdays 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 symptoms of trauma; free weekly sessions.
Yoga Suave y Yin Yoga(en español y inglés, dependiendo de quién está presente): Miércoles 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; gratuita cada semana.
Yoga Suave (en español y inglés, dependiendo de quién está presente), 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.
Gentle Yoga(in English and Spanish, depending on who shows up) 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.
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 unexpected 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.
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.
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:
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 and in-person yoga sessions, Winter and Spring 2022
9 pm Yoga para el Sueño en línea, gratuita; 8 pm en Wisconsin y 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.
Yoga for Sleeping (in Spanish, online) Tuesdays 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.
8 pm Gentle Yoga online (free): 8 pm in Wisconsin and in El Salvador; 6 pm on the west coast of the US.Designed to support mental health and well-being, these sessions offer nothing extraneous– just a quiet practice of mindful movement, to help release stress, and to strengthen connections and integration in your nervous system.
Yoga Suave y Meditativa (en inglés, gratuita): Miércoles 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 trauma..
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.
Gentle Yoga for Stress Release (in Spanish, free):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.
For families with young children: This is a video recording of an online family concert that I did on March 18th 2020. The resolution & lighting aren’t great, but it’s some fun music for younger children, with some yoga mixed in….and kids who have been in family yoga classes with me might enjoy it.
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 embodythe just and liberated worlds we long for.