Marielle School Yoga

Yoga classes // Madison, WI

About Marielle

Marielle is a Dutch native.

She is dedicated to bridging the body with the spiritual world,

to heal mental, emotional, and physical imbalances.

Yoga has been a lifelong passion. She has practiced it for the last 30 years.


She studied Alignment Yoga (200 and 500 hours training.)

For the last ten years, she taught Yoga to a wide variety of students.


Her unique classes are a blend of spiritual teachings with a practical step-by-step approach.

They come from her rich background of many years spend in Ashrams and Spiritual centers in

India and the USA.

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Now offering

Online Yoga!

Zoom link for Tuesday and Thursday 7 PM evening classes: click here

Zoom link for Tuesday 2 PM afternoon class: click here

Zoom link for Friday 9 to 10:15 AM morning class: 

click here

Donations are always welcome and appreciated!
Venmo: marielle-school
PayPal: (free if you have your bank account linked, fee if you only have your credit card linked)
Paper checks still work! (email me and I'll send you my address)


Alignment Yoga​


The Yoga that I practice and teach is a form of Hatha Yoga that translates into the Western body.


In my sessions, we will explore ALIGNING ourselves back with our bodies.

We will drop away from our ‘Thinking mind', analyzing, planning, worrying, and organizing.

Into our ‘feeling mind’, being, inner wisdom, intuition, gut instinct, and respect.

Alignment Yoga emphasizes GROUNDING, a full, committed EXHALE, and the RELEASE of the UPPER PALATE.


GROUNDING is an element lacking in our culture. We tend to be acting from our heads, losing the connection with the present and our bodies. It makes us vulnerable to neck and shoulder aches, accidents, and anxiety. In my classes I teach in progressions, my students can meet every pose where they are in their own body. We explore the deeper postural support muscles to create freedom and stability in the body and mind. Using gravity and the natural rebound of the earth to stand taller.


A fully committed EXHALE links our breath to our nervous system and helps it down-regulate. Exhaling all the way out helps release the rib case, creating more space for the lungs to receive the new breath. Our experience of breath starts to be more authentic and peaceful.


RELEASE of UPPER PALATE is literally the key to relaxation in the rest of our body. When we broaden and soften the palate, muscles in the neck unwind, our spine releases and our mind quiets down.


Thai Touch


Thai Touch is rooted in the 2,500-year tradition of Thai Massage.
It has always been considered to be a spiritual practice closely connected to the teachings of the Buddha.

It was considered to be the physical expression of ‘loving kindness.’

The purpose of Thai Touch in my practice is to free the circulation of “life energy” throughout the whole body.

It helps balance the mind, body, and spirit, cultivating relaxation, health, and well being.
Thai Touch increases flexibility, it aids the muscles to release toxins and it helps detox the body
The work strongly affects the lymphatic system, therefore improving the immune system.
It stimulates and massages the inner organs, improving digestion and elimination.

CranioSacral Therapy


CranioSacral Therapy is a hands-on approach to releasing tension deep in the body.
It relieves pain and dysfunction in the body and in the brain.
It releases restriction in the soft tissue that surrounds the central nervous system.

How it works:

You simply lay down, fully clothed, on a massage table, face up.

I will move my hands around the different parts of the spine and the cranial bones to detect the restrictions in the skull, the spine, and the tissue.
I will test the way the fluid runs along the spinal cord. I will check for ease, motion, and a healthy rhythm.
Then I will gently correct with, very small, hands-on manipulations to downregulate the rhythm and to calm down the nervous system.
When the nervous system function resets, the body and the mind can relax very deeply, and the self-healing capacity of the body/brain gets activated.

It is a very powerful, yet very subtle technique.


  • The healing moves deep into the body, nervous system and instead of treating the symptoms, it heals the core of the dysfunction.

  • It improves the immune system.

  • It improves circulation

  • It eases anxiety and releases stress

  • It improves sleep

  • it heals various dysfunctions: brain injury, trauma, burn out, concussion, neck pain, migraines

  • It brings you in a deep relaxation.

Image by Jason Leem


"Marielle embodies the idea of trauma-informed Yoga like no other. It is really profound to experience that. I did not particularly enjoy Yoga before. Being taught by Marielle is different. Very healing, gentle with a deep understanding. Thank you!”


"Great inspiring Yoga workshops and a loving kind creative and gentle teacher."


"Marielle is a great yoga instructor. I have taken her classes for years. She has helped me keep fit and manage anxiety. “

-Dave Clemens 

"Marielle has empathy and is personable in all she does. Surely a dependable professional. She's also a wonderful artist (have you ever seen her drawings?)! “


"Marielle is one of the most knowledgeable yoga instructors I’ve been to. Very wonderful teacher and healer of the finest caliber!!



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