Greenroot Yoga LLC


“Come to the root of the root of your self.”  –Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Through Greenroot Yoga LLC, I offer gentle, mindful community yoga classes and individual sessions for people of all ages and abilities.   I’m especially interested in offering yoga for emotional relief and healing after experiences of marginalization, trauma, bereavement, anxiety or depression.  I also enjoy sharing yoga with older adults, and with children and families.

I have been practicing and studying various aspects of yoga since 2003, and teaching since 2007.  In many ways this makes me a latecomer to yoga, and a relative beginner—still and always learning.  As a teacher I like to offer a variety of possibilities, then support you as you explore and and feel into your own ways of being with yoga, developing practices that work for your body and for your life.   

In Sanskrit the word yoga means to yoke or to unite, and historically all forms of yoga have been centered in uniting body, heart, mind, and spirit.   I respect, and share with some of my classes, aspects of the eight limbs of yoga  described in the Yoga Sutras around 2000 years ago by the Indian sage Patanjali, and considered by many to be the foundation of all yoga practice.  The eight limbs include the yamas and niyamas (guides for ethical living and personal behavior); pranayama (breathing practices);  asana (the physical forms and practices of yoga), pratyahara (awareness or control of the senses); dharana (focused concentration); dhyana (meditation and insight); and samadhi (oneness with the universe, with the source). 

I also appreciate that  yoga practices have taken many diverse paths in the centuries since Patanjali, both maintaining and extending beyond their roots in India: flowing into some forms of Buddhism, Jainism, Sufism, Taoism, Christianity, and into more secular realms where people also seek to deepen connections and cultivate peace.  I center my practice and my teaching within this diversity, with respect for yoga’s roots and appreciation for its many and varied possibilities.  Within that, my interest is always in helping yoga be accessible to people without a lot of money, as a path that can support physical and emotional well-being and increase our skills for self-care and self-determination in challenging times.

I offer:

  • Chair Yoga
  • Flow Yoga
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Yoga & Dance
  • Yoga for Older Students
  • Yoga, Music, and Movement for Young Children
  • Yoga Suave en Español

I also offer presentations in English and in Spanish on complex trauma and body-centered healing.

To schedule an individual yoga session or presentation, you can contact me  here.

My training as a yoga teacher includes:

  • 200 hour teaching certification in hatha yoga, Shambhava School of Yoga, 2007
  • 70 hours Yin Yoga, Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, 2010
  • 300 hours and certification in Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), with David Emerson, 2016

I’ve taken additional trainings in teaching yoga to children, youth, and adults with autism or Aspergers through Samarya Center in Seattle; trainings in Alignment Yoga, Anusara Yoga, and yoga for older adults; and non-yoga trainings for supporting people who are in recovery from trauma.

I’m excited that Greenroot Yoga LLC has recently been certified by the Dane County Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program for people with mental health or drug and alcohol issues who are on Medicaid–allowing people in the program to have yoga sessions included in their healing plan.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, and would love to share some yoga with you if you’re interested!

Wishing you peace,   



“Clare is a thoughtful yoga instructor who cares tremendously about her classes and students.  She offers them kindness, inner strength, sensitivity, and a sense of humor.”

~Yogacharya Swami Devananda, ERYT, Shambhava School of Yoga


Short presentations on Complex Trauma and Body-Centered Healing (in pdf form)

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing, Part 1

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing, Part 2

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing, Part 3

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing, Part 4

Complex Trauma and Body Centered Healing, Part 5


Winter 2019

Community Yoga Classes and Sessions 



1/14/19 – 3/11/19   and  4/1/19 – 5/13/19

7 pm Yin Yoga, MSCR East on Cottage Grove Rd.



5:15 – 6:15 pm.   Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: a free practice at Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison, 408 S. Baldwin.  This is a free opportunity to learn about and explore some Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, in a gentle one hour practice.   Space is limited, so it’s important to register, at:

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) invites you to move your body at your own speed and on your own terms, using gentle yoga forms. It’s a chance to spend time being with yourself without an agenda: noticing the present moment; making choices for how to be in, and with, your own body; gently reconnecting with the many parts of your self as you feel ready to. There are no physical adjustments in TCTSY, and no pressure: you are welcome to come as you are.


1/28/19 – 2/25/19

5:15 – 6:15 pm Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, 5 week series for people in recovery from trauma, at Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison.  $100 or sliding scale for five sessions, and audio and visual support materials.

Registration and payment are through the Shambhala Center website, at 


2/25/19 – 5/6/19  

10:15 am.  Yoga Suave con Sillas para 50+, MSCR Goodman Rotary  Una práctica de yoga muy suave para personas con más de 50 años. Para aprender más o inscribirse:



1/15/19 – 5/21/19

10:30 am  Gentle Yoga 50+ Goodman Rotary MSCR Covenant:

1:15 pm, 9/11 – 12/18:  Gentle Yoga 50+ Goodman Rotary MSCR Odana:



Mornings & afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions by arrangement

1/30/19  7:30 pm  Free presentation on complex trauma and body-centered healing at Supercharge Foods, 1902 East Washington; please register at:

2/13/19  7:30 pm  Free presentation on complex trauma and body-centered healing for women and LGB/TQ+ people at Supercharge Foods, 1902 East Washington; please register at:



1/17/19 – 5/23/19

10 am  Flow Yoga 50+, Goodman Rotary MSCR Odana:

Afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions, by arrangement


1/17/19 – 3/14/19    and   4/4/19 – 5/16/19

6:15 pm Family Yoga and Dance, MSCR Hoyt:

7:15 pm, 9/13 – 11/08: Yin Yoga MSCR Hoyt:




Mornings: Yoga, Music, and Movement Sessions for young children, UW Preschool Lab and elsewhere

Afternoons: TCTSY individual sessions, by arrangement



1/19/19 – 3/16/19    and    4/6/19 – 5/18/19 

10:15 am, 9/15 – 11/10: Yin Yoga, MSCR Odana:

11:30 am, 9/15 – 11/10: Family Yoga and Dance, MSCR Odana:



Saturday and Sunday, 2/2/19 – 2/3/19

Songs, stories, and yoga at Camp HOPE, a free weekend camp for bereaved families near Rosholt WI: