Welcome

Clare Norelle is a bilingual community yoga teacher in Madison Wisconsin, offering 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  Clare 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.

 

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 and resources

 

Tuesday November 10th, 2020

Hello friends… It’s a stormy day here in southern Wisconsin, and the rates of Covid 19 are really high.  I hope that you’re warm and well, able to stay in safe spaces, connecting with people in safe ways… connecting with your own body and heart, and also with animals, plants and the surrounding world. If you have experienced loss, or fear, or other hardships in these months of the pandemic, I wish you comfort and healing.

Would you like to join me for some free online yoga sessions?  My current schedule of free classes is below; to learn about community yoga classes that I teach online for Madison School Community Recreation, you can scroll further down the page. 

 

Gratuita en línea:  Yoga Suave para aliviar el estrés, sábado 21 noviembre, 8 am en El Salvador y Wisconsin: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953887710?pwd=VG54TEVSMGpNMG10c0IrUDFHOUY5UT09.  Meeting ID: 849 5388 7710.  Contraseña: greenroot

 

Free online Yoga November 26th (Thanksgiving Day)  

Want to do some yoga together on November 26th?  I’m going to offer three free online yoga classes during the day and evening, and see who might show up.  You’re invited!

 

10 am Flow Yoga: Energizing yoga, with movement and flow from one position to another.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85702791017?pwd=ZGhGdVJBcVhNbC83eU0wK21hcmtadz09.  Meeting ID: 857 0279 1017 Passcode / Contraseña: greenroot

2 pm Gentle Yoga: Gentle Hatha yoga to ease anxiety and depression, strengthen the immune system, and encourage feelings of peace and wellbeing. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83465517158?pwd=Q0llcDhVN2dpbVliMzBwZkNhYWgxdz09.   Meeting ID: 834 6551 7158 Passcode / Contraseña: greenroot

7:15 pm Yin Yoga in English y Español  Very slow yoga with long-held stretches sitting and lying down.  Good for physical and emotional flexibility, and calm. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83910854429?pwd=S1MzSWxrTnJaMXNQTVR5cHVZMkx5UT09  Meeting ID: 839 1085 4429 Passcode / Contraseña: greenroot

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Free online yoga classes, ongoing 

Yoga para el Sueño: Martes  8 pm, hora de Wisconsin y El Salvador; 6 pm en la costa oueste de los EEUU. Una práctica muy suave para ayudarte a dormir bien; gratuita cada semana.

Yoga for Sleeping (in Spanish) Tuesdays 8 pm in Wisconsin and El Salvador; 6 pm on the west coast.  A very gentle practice to help you sleep well; free weekly sessions.

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

 

Gentle Mindful Yoga: Wednesdays 7 pm in Wisconsin and  El Salvador; 5 pm on the west coast. A gentle practice to help alleviate stress and trauma; free weekly sessions.

Yoga Suave y Meditativa (en inglés): Miércoles 7 pm en Wisconsin y El Salvador; 5 pm en la costa oueste.  Una práctica suave para ayudar a aliviar estrés y trauma; gratuita cada semana.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88280449664?pwd=QWJuUHBicmVoN2lzekcvbjRQWmlNUT09.   Meeting ID: 882 8044 9664. Passcode / Contraseña: greenroot

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Yin Yoga in English y Español: Thursdays 7:15 pm. in Wisconsin and El Salvador; 5:15 pm on the west coast. A very slow practice of long-held stretches sitting and lying down.  Good for mindfulness and flexibility; free weekly sessions in December: December 3, 10, 17 & 31
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Yin Yoga en Español e Inglés: Jueves 7:15 pm. en El Salvador y Wisconsin; 5:15 en la costa oueste.   Una práctica muy lenta de estiramientos sostenidos, desde sentada y acostada.  Bueno para la atención plena y la flexibilidad; sesiones gratuitas en diciembre solamente: el 3, 10, 17 & 31 diciembre.
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Meeting ID: 839 1085 4429.   Passcode / Contraseña: greenroot
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Yoga Suave para Aliviar el Estrés: Sábado 11:30 am hora de Wisconsin y El Salvador; 9:30 am en la costa oueste. Hatha yoga parado, 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 11:30 am in Wisconsin and  El Salvador; 9:30 am on the west coast. 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/82196943125?pwd=SUZEa1JXcElxSzZOTTNlVGRqK2RRdz09  Meeting ID: 821 9694 3125 Passcode / Contraseña: 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.

 

Hello friends

Love and best wishes to you, as we move through these wild and unusual times.

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 latest 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 contributing now, in so many different ways, to 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 appreciate the value of yoga as preventive health care, medicine, support for mental wellness, and as a system of practices that 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.

If you would like to try a free online yoga class with me, you can find links and updates for them by scrolling further down this page.

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Free Online Yoga Classes

Why offer free online yoga classes during a pandemic?  

Offering these community classes helps me stay centered in my body and connected with other people in ways that matter to me, and it feels like a helpful thing to do.  Some days quite a lot of people show up, 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.

Still, many people depend on being paid to teach yoga.  If you can afford to take their classes and support them, I encourage you to do that.  But if what you could most use right now is some yoga sessions without any economic activity attached, please feel completely welcome to join me for free.  So far I am still really fortunate to be making my living through my work with Dane County Comprehensive Community Services program, sharing one-on-one yoga sessions online with people on Medicaid.

So you’re completely welcome to participate in any of the free community classes for free.  If you’d like to make a donation, here are some good places where you could 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/

Thank you!

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, Fall 2020

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

For all of my free community yoga classes on Zoom, in English or in Spanish, the passcode is greenroot. 

 

Throughout December 2020 I’ll be teaching four online yoga classes a week as part of MSCR’s Fit For The Holidays (FFTH) program.  This program will offer 37 online fitness classes each week; it costs $35 for residents of Dane County or $52.50 for non-residents.

You can learn more and register for the Fit For The Holidays program here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mscractivenet/Activity_Search/fitness-virtual-fit-for-the-holidays/20920

 

 

Mondays / Lunes  

 

10:15 am Yoga Suave en sillas, MSCR, 16 noviembre  –  21 diciembre, para personas que tienen más de 50 años; una práctica relajante, sentada en sillas y parada usando sillas para ayudar el estiramiento. Esta es una clase ofrecida por Madison School Community Recreation, y se puede inscribirse aquí: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mscractivenet/Activity_Search/gr-virtual-yoga-yoga-suave-en-espanol/21011

 

7 pm, Yin Yoga through MSCR Fitness 9/14 – 11/23: Long-held mindful stretches sitting and lying down, to increase flexibility and encourage a sense of ease and peacefulness.  

 

7 pm, Yin Yoga, part of MSCR Fit for the Holidays (FFH) The MSCR Fit for the Holidays program offers 37 online fitness classes each week throughout the month of December; it’s $35 for residents of Dane County, or $52.50 for non-residents.  You can learn more and register for the program here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mscractivenet/Activity_Search/fitness-virtual-fit-for-the-holidays/20920

 

 

Tuesdays / Martes 

10:30 – 11:30 am Gentle Yoga for 50+, through MSCR Goodman Rotary Fitness, 9/8 – 11/24: A gentle yoga practice to develop flexibility, strength, balance, and a sense of calm for your body, heart, and mind.  


10:30 MSCR Gentle Yoga, part of MSCR Fit for the Holidays (FFH). You can learn more and register for the program here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mscractivenet/Activity_Search/fitness-virtual-fit-for-the-holidays/20920

 

8 pm Yoga para el Sueño, hora de Wisconsin y El Salvador; 6 pm en la costa oueste de los EEUU. Una práctica muy suave para ayudarte a dormir bien en la noche; gratuita cada semana.

Yoga for Sleeping (in Spanish) Tuesdays 8 pm in Wisconsin and El Salvador; 6 pm on the west coast.  A very gentle practice to help you sleep well at night; free weekly sessions.

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

 

 

Wednesdays / Miércoles 

7 pm  Gentle Mindful Yoga:  7 pm in Wisconsin and El Salvador; 5 pm on the west coast.   Designed to support mental health and well-being, these sessions offer nothing extraneous–no poems, no singing, just a quiet practice of mindful movement, to help release stress, and to strengthen connections and integration in your nervous system. Free ongoing weekly classes.

Yoga Suave y Meditativa (en inglés): Miércoles 7 pm en Wisconsin y El Salvador; 5 pm en la costa oueste.  Una práctica suave para ayudar a aliviar estrés y trauma; gratuita cada semana.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88280449664?pwd=QWJuUHBicmVoN2lzekcvbjRQWmlNUT09.   Meeting ID: 882 8044 9664. Passcode / Contraseña: greenroot

 

 

Thursdays / Jueves  

10 am Yoga Flow through MSCR Fitness, 9/10 – 11/19 A flowing yoga practice to generate energy, and strengthen and stretch the whole body.

10 am MSCR Flow Yoga, part of MSCR Fit for the Holidays (FFH). You can learn more and register for the program here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mscractivenet/Activity_Search/fitness-virtual-fit-for-the-holidays/20920

 

7:15 pm Yin Yoga through MSCR Fitness, 9/10 – 11/19  Long-held mindful stretches sitting and lying down, to increase flexibility and encourage a sense of ease and peacefulness. 

7:15 pm Dec. 3, 10, 17 & 31 
Yin Yoga in English y Español:  7:15 pmin Wisconsin and El Salvador; 5:15 pm on the west coast. A very slow practice of long-held stretches sitting and lying down.  Good for mindfulness and flexibility; free weekly sessions in December: December 3, 10, 17 & 31
Yin Yoga en Español e Inglés:  7:15 pm. en El Salvador y Wisconsin; 5:15 pm en la costa oueste.   Una práctica muy lenta de estiramientos sostenidos, desde sentada y acostada.  Bueno para la atención plena y la flexibilidad; sesiones gratuitas en diciembre solamente: el 3, 10, 17 & 31 diciembre.
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Meeting ID: 839 1085 4429.   Passcode / Contraseña: greenroot

 

 

 

Saturdays / Sábado 

10:15 am Yin Yoga through MSCR Fitness, 9/12 – 11/21. Long-held mindful stretches sitting and lying down, to increase flexibility and encourage a sense of ease and peacefulness.  

10:15 MSCR Yin Yoga, part of MSCR Fit for the Holidays (FFH). You can learn more and register for the program here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mscractivenet/Activity_Search/fitness-virtual-fit-for-the-holidays/20920

 

11:30 am Yoga Suave para Aliviar el Estrés: 11:30 am hora de Wisconsin y El Salvador; 9:30 am en la costa oueste. Hatha yoga parado, 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): 11:30 am in Wisconsin and  El Salvador; 9:30 am on the west coast. 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/82196943125?pwd=SUZEa1JXcElxSzZOTTNlVGRqK2RRdz09  Meeting ID: 821 9694 3125 Passcode / Contraseña: greenroot

 

Free resources:

Web page devoted to the neurobiology of trauma and healing:  https://clarenorelle.com/trauma-and-healing-in-the-body/

Yin Yoga video, from an online yin yoga session that I offered on March 16th: https://youtu.be/T0ySZNxtc-I 

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For families with young children:  This is a video recording of an online family concert that I did on March 18th.  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.  

https://youtu.be/v_Jq1HVOJ8Y

 

Two free mp3 audio recordings of gentle trauma-sensitive yoga practices you might try:

Gentle trauma-sensitive yoga, sitting in a chair

Gentle trauma-sensitive yoga resting practice

 

Some extremely informal yoga videos that I made last year in Spanish; I hope to post some new links to English language videos soon:

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 

 

Slideshows on Complex Trauma and Body-Centered Healing:

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuAzNPPovX4&t=14s

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing Part 1 pdf

 

Part 2 Neuroplasticity, and trauma in the brain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_tQVJKlLKc&t=14s

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing Part 2 pdf

 

Part 3 Trauma vulnerability and resilience / Kinds of trauma
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4GN8M4V5t0

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing Part 3, pdf

 

Part 4 Body-centered approaches to healing complex trauma
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9-6AQKIfZg

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing Part 4, pdf

 

Part 5 Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and other healing resources
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opNzQ9cPowE

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