Type A and Type B personality describe two highly contrasting personality types.
Type A Personality
Personalities that are more competitive, highly organized, ambitious, impatient, highly aware of time management, or aggressive are Type A.
Type B Personality
Personalities that are calm, less neurotic, and less frantic personalities are Type B.
Why is it good to know if your student is Type A?
Research suggests that Type A personalities appear to have higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. They are always on the go. It’s a small miracle that Type A personalities find themselves in a traditional yoga class.
They’re far more likely to go to a Bikram (hot) yoga class because that extreme fits their personality. But if the Type A personality does come to your yoga class, maybe because they’re aware that they need to learn the skill of slowing down before they suffer from a stroke, it’s your job to help them find their switch off button.
You’ll also want to make sure that your Type A isn’t trying a yoga pose he or she clearly isn’t ready for, which they’ll definitely do because they can’t help themselves.
Okay. I think it’s time for an example…
Say, for example, Andrew, a student in your class with Type A personality is opting to do shoulderstand pose before they’ve got to grips with half shoulderstand pose, here’s what you could do. Saunter over to Andrew, slow, cat-like, and say something yogic and pithy like: “Andrew, you’re ready for many things in life, but full shoulderstand pose isn’t one of them. Don’t worry because half shoulderstand pose will give you 95% of the benefits.”