Wake up your “self”

Wake up your “self”

Mindfulness made no sense to me when I started yoga.  All I knew was that I love the yoga, loved how I was feeling, and wanted to continue doing it.  But the funny thing about the practice of yoga is other things start to make a shift too.  Slowly, your temperament begins to change, and if you are a type A personality, your balance yourself out with B personality.

Type A individuals tend to be very competitive and self-critical. They strive toward goals without feeling a sense of joy in their efforts or accomplishments. This is characterized by a high work involvement.  Type A individuals are easily ‘wound up’ and tend to overreact. They also tend to have high blood pressure (hypertension). Type A personality run a higher risk of heart disease and high blood pressure than type Bs.

Type B Individuals. People with Type B personality tend to be more tolerant of others, are more relaxed than Type A individuals, more reflective, experience lower levels of anxiety and display a higher level of imagination and creativity.

Friedman & Rosenman (1976) conducted a longitudinal study to test their hypothesis that Type A personality could predict incidents of heart disease.  They followed 3,154 men over 8 years and asked them some of these questions……..

  • Do you feel guilty if you use spare time to relax?
  • Do you need to win in order to derive enjoyment from games and sports?
  • Do you generally move, walk and eat rapidly?
  • Do you often try to do more than one thing at a time?

That is me.  In a nutshell.  Their findings? By the end of the study, 70% of the men who had developed coronary heart disease (CHD) were Type A personalities.  They did thorough research, accounting for lifestyle and such, but it was overwhelming how type A lead to stress related illnesses.

For me, it took awhile to recognize that my behavior was changing.  But change it did, with these postures that I practiced.  My mindfulness also increased, as I became more aware of what I was doing, when I was doing it.  Generally, I became happier.  Before yoga I was very self critical of myself.  Sometimes that “lion” still comes out, but it has been tamed.  Yoga works at deeper levels than you think.

See you on the mat,

Paula

 

 

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