Type A Yoga Personality Test
Not sure if we’re the right studio for you? Take our Type A Yoga Personality test for class and even studio recommendations if we aren’t the right fit!
What motivated you to try our studio?
I’m interested in yoga and mindfulness.
My doctor told me I have to get my stress under control.
I’m bored by my workout and like to try the latest thing.
I feel like the Universe is guiding me toward new things.
What kind of atmosphere says “yoga” to you?
A gym: Sweat, Effort, Music, Energy & Activity
A spa: Candles, Silence, Relaxation, Intimate
A church: Sacred, Austere, Chanting, Prayer
A community center: Friendliness, Acceptance, Laughter, Homey
What kind of instruction works best for you?
Call out the pose name, keep me moving, and I’ll figure it out as I go.
Demonstrate silently. Physically move or adjust my body to where it needs to go.
Demonstrate with detailed verbal instruction. I’m clumsy & get nervous about doing things “wrong.”
Mirrors and comparison to other students: I need to see what I look like to know if I’m doing it right.
What is your usual fitness regimen?
I’m in a sports league.
I alternate strength training & cardio and occasionally do 5K walk/runs.
I go where the wind takes me: maybe flamenco dance this month, maybe fire spinning next month.
Uhhh… Does getting up for popcorn during a Netflix weekend count?
I’m too busy running around to exercise.
Do you have any injuries or conditions?
I’m very active and like to keep my machine running smoothly, but occasionally need to push through aches and pains.
The occasional pulled muscle, maybe some neck or back pain now and again, but that’s normal.
Usually I’m OK, but I have a trick [knee, elbow, etc.] from an injury years ago.
I have a medical condition, so I need to be careful.
Do you have interest in philosophy?
I’m too busy to hear about earth, wind, and fire. Just give me my workout so I can get back to my agenda.
I don’t like reading texts but I enjoy chanting in ancient languages and surround myself with symbols from various belief systems.
I have a strict belief system, and I’m uncomfortable when people try to challenge it.
I believe in adapting ancient philosophies into modern context, but I also value being culturally knowledgeable and historically accurate.
What is your yoga experience?
I’ve never taken a yoga class, but my doctor says I need to try something.
I’m always interested in self-improvement and I’ve tried a different of types of yoga & mindfulness over the years.
I workout constantly, so I’ve taken a class or want to in Hot Yoga, AcroYoga, P90X yoga, and Pilates/Yoga fusion classes at my gym.
I once lived in an ashram for 3 years managing the vegetable garden until I recognized the time to find a new guru had come.
I’ve been reading a lot about yoga and thought I’d see if it’s for me.
How do you feel when you get home from a vacation?
Exhausted, but at least I did everything and saw everything on my extensive, pre-planned schedule.
Disappointed because something unexpected always comes up and I only get to do half of what I’d intended.
Refreshed because I spent it in bed catching up on some Zs and watching some TV.
Exhilarated because I threw myself into the river of life, and the tide took me where I needed to go.
Most of the time, my life is…
Scheduled: Every activity is under control and it ruins my world when I get off track.
Overwhelming: I don’t remember the last time I felt like I was in control.
Disconnected: I don’t know how I got here or where I’m going.
Moment-to-Moment: I don’t dwell on things, although sometimes that means I don’t take the time to reflect.
How do you want to feel after class?
Elated & blissful
Centered & balanced
Exhausted & sweaty
I don’t really think about how I feel much
You’re supposed to meet a friend for yoga later this evening, but this morning you’ve sprained your ankle. What do you do?
Push through: No pain, no gain. Besides, I’ve got a tight schedule.
Go, but take child’s pose and adapt poses as needed.
Call to reschedule: It isn’t worth making it worse.
Cancel: You were really just going to support your friend anyway.
You are in a yoga class you don’t like. What do you do?
Shoot the teacher a glare and leave. Where did this person learn yoga?
Give it a shot. You’re here anyway, so you may as well try something new.
Follow along, but modify poses to fit your body appropriately.
Do your personal practice instead. It doesn’t matter, right? It’s all yoga anyway.
Your ideal yoga teacher…
Encourages you to push harder and try the advanced poses that you see in yoga ads.
Comes around and physically adjusts you into your poses.
Reminds you to be patient, deliberate, breath, and listen to your body.
Begins each class with a chanted Sanskrit invocation.
How much space do you need around you when you’re in class?
I’ve taken classes at the gym, and with famous teachers in SF and LA, so I’m used to being mat to mat.
I need at least 3 feet all around me. I do NOT need people in my personal space when I’m trying to focus inward!
Whatever: Partner poses, shared mats, empty rooms. I just want to find my bliss.
I guess as long as everyone is friendly and welcoming, it doesn’t matter that much.
What kind of studio staff are you looking for?
Like in Cheers: Everybody knows my name. People notice when I’ve been gone, but don’t pressure me about it, and they recommend classes or products based on my interests.
I do everything online and I don’t have time for small talk. I’d prefer to not even SEE a front desk person, just get it done and go.
A lot of classes I’ve taken are in parks or spontaneous, so I guess I’ve never thought about it. Just someone nice.
Your front desk says a lot. If they aren’t fit, trim, and in the latest active wear trends, what does that say about your studio?
January 1, 2015
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