All yoga is yoga. There are many styles and traditions, and some may be more appealing and beneficial to you individually than other types. We hope you find this simple guide helpful describing the “colors” at YC:

Hatha has several meanings, one of which is “forceful”. This type of yoga traditionally is practiced for the purpose of purification, and is one of the most common styles of yoga practiced today. It includes classical asana (postures/poses) that are held for longer periods of time and are often attentive to accurate body alignment. Emphasis is placed on strength, flexibility, balance, concentration, and breath control, by incorporating deeper breathing, mindfulness, and self study. The teacher’s sequencing of the poses are often made with special attention on a theme or for a particular benefit for the student .

Hatha yoga classes may include restorative poses sequences: Restorative yoga includes meditative poses in which the body is often supine and supported with props and held quietly for extended periods of time. Both soothing and regenerating, restorative poses help reduce stress and bring a balance to the demands of our busy daily lives. This practice is quieter and softer, perfect for beginners or advanced students alike as it allows the student to experience the more subtle aspects of yoga in a calm still atmosphere.

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At YC you will find both general Hatha classes at various levels, and more gentle classes.

In this color vi are also offering Kundalini Yoga which is called the "yoga of awareness".  It's called a Raj Yoga, meaning that it brings all the eight limbs of yoga into one practice. It's a yoga technology that uses easy, simple tools to balance the nervous system, glandular system and to strengthen body and mind. Kundalini yoga uses meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques in countless combinations. It is becoming increasingly popular internationally because of its effectiveness. The healing effects of Kundalini yoga have been proven by many studies at major hospitals; for instance several Swedish university hospitals have reported great results with Kundalini yoga for heart patients and stroke survivors. "Kundalini" literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This is a metaphor for the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each individual".

Yellow at YC also denotes the increasingly popular Yin yoga which in particular focuses on mindfulness. It is a calming exercise, allowing the body to get into a deep sense of relaxation and tranquility. With peace of mind and body creates the regeneration, greater freedom of movement and better concentration.
You will be guided into positions on the floor with a focus on breathing, postures kept relaxed for 3-5 min., When you gain deep and quiet stretch which softens the muscles, joints and connective tissue. You will be able to look inwards for a while, and will experience harmony and freedom from physical and mental stress. Anyone can participate regardless of form, fitness and health.

Iyengar, named after its founder and grounded in the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, is a more technical form of hatha yoga. Students learn proper alignment and proficient use of props as needed (blankets, blocks, belts, and ropes) to maximize the benefits of each pose. A hallmark of Iyengar Yoga is that the teacher skillfully sequences poses so that the student can follow a link(s) among the poses throughout the class. Emphasis places focus and attention on integrating the body and mind and increasing stamina, strength, flexibility, and balance. Another aspect of this type of yoga is attentive breath awareness in the postures and developing the art of pranayama (breath control) as a practice by itself.

Yogacentralen has been designed specifically and is well equipped for the requirements of the discerning Iyengar teacher and student.

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Dynamic Styles covers physically challenging types of yoga with a more seamless flow of postures with breath control rather than poses held individually. It may be taught under different names and “substyles”:

Vinyasa, meaning “to place in a certain way,” is a dynamic system of practicing asana that links the breath to movement in a flowing manner. The sequence of postures can vary but often includes sun salutation poses and ultimately builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and concentration.

Power Yoga. As the name suggests the focus here is on awakening both the inner and physical power, and seeing that it is a dynamic and demanding form the style is often found in Gyms or in combination with heat as in Hot Power Yoga (not to confuse with Bikram, which is a derivation from the above). The style speaks to the more advanced as well as the beginner, and both supporting modifications and motivating challenges will be offered. The focus is on building strength (physically as well as mentally) and endurance capacity/stamina, while intense work is being done on letting go, yielding and deep cleansing - the latter is among other elements the result of some serious sweating, and the creation of an inner fire. Besides from heating the body from within, a variety of detoxing twists are also performed and even a massage of inner organs can occur. Power Yoga is traditionally made up from a series of Vinyasas (flow sequences) founded on Ashtanga (meaning "8 limbed") yoga principles. As such Power yoga is derived from both Sri Krishnamacharya (the founder of Vinyasa and modern Western yoga in the form we know today), and Pattabhi Jois (his student and the man behind the Ashtanga system). Growing in popularity since the 1990ties it has slowly, but steadily, spread its success from the US and Australia to the rest of the world. Besides from the flowing asanas (poses), deep relaxation and hands-on assisting, elements of pranayama (breathing exercises), teachings from yogic philosophies, meditation and even chanting can be incorporated. Power Yoga is for the student who wants a full body workout catering to both body and mind.

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The pre-natal classes are designed to reduce the aches and pains that can accompany pregnancy. Classes are conducted in a nurturing and supportive environment with a focus on special breathing techniques, poses geared towards opening the hips and preparing the body for giving birth. Some are in English marked (ENG).

Post-natal classes are focused on the need of new moms. Some are in English marked (ENG).

Pranayama e.g. “Relax & Breathe”, Meditation, Yoga Mindfulness, Anti-stress etc.
Check the schedule for such special classes, and read the description on Yoganet.

In this category you will also find various special classes.

Not a yoga style, but an essential part of Yogacentralen. See more under Food.

At YC, you may look at description of each class on Yoganet to see if more details are provided by the teacher. This is also where you sign-up for classes and workshops:






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