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,