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, chair yoga, and yoga for families and young children.
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
November 20, 2021
Hello, and welcome to these pages…
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? Here’s my current schedule of ongoing live sessions. The passcodes should be embedded for all of my free (non – MSCR) zoom sessions, but if you get asked for a passcode with the free classes it will always be “greenroot”.
To learn about community yoga classes that I teach online for Madison School Community Recreation (MSCR), you can scroll further down the page; scrolling still further down you can also find links to many sets of peaceful yoga music that I’ve put together on Spotify.
Gentle Yoga: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 (en inglés): 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 los síntomas de trauma; gratuita cada semana.
Yoga Suave para Aliviar el Estrés: 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 for Stress Release (in Spanish):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.
If you wonder why I offer free online yoga classes in Spanish, it’s partly because in the past I’ve gone to El Salvador with the UW Madison El Salvador Mental Health Project, to offer Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY, an adjunct treatment for complex trauma) in Madison’s sister city of Arcatao, a site of civilian massacres during the civil war. Since the pandemic we haven’t been able to go back, so since early in the pandemic I’ve been offering these two online sessions for friends in El Salvador, and for others who want to join us as well. I also offer one free online session in English because I know what it’s like to not have money or resources, and I want yoga to be as accessible as possible for people.
Online and in-person yoga sessions, December 2021
From December 1st – 30th 2021, Madison School Community Recreation (MSCR) offers virtual Fit for the Holidays, a month of unlimited live online fitness classes, for $40. Mondays through Thursdays the program will have six to ten different fitness classes daily with a variety of instructors, with a few classes also offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
As part of Fit for the Holidays I’ll be teaching Yin Yoga on Mondays evenings, Gentle Yoga Tuesday mornings, Flow Yoga Thursday mornings, and Yin Yoga on Saturday mornings… This is a really good opportunity to try various kinds of yoga and fitness classes with a variety of different teachers.
In addition to MSCR Fit for the Holidays, through the end of November and throughout December 2021 I will continue teaching the three free online yoga classes listed near the top of this page, as well as finishing with my in-person MSCR yoga classes.
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.