Enneagram

Definition - What does Enneagram mean?

Enneagram is a personality assessment that identifies nine distinct personality types and how they view and interact with the world. The term comes from the Greek, ennea, meaning “nine,” and gramma, meaning “written” or “drawn.”

In terms of yoga, the enneagram type can be used to tailor the yogi's practice to fit the personality type and create balance by targeting weaknesses. It can also be used to help the yogi to identify that which is preventing him/her from reaching the authentic, higher Self.

Yogapedia explains Enneagram

The nine personality types of enneagram and yoga poses that would most benefit them are as follows:

  • Type 1 (The Reformer) – As a perfectionist, this type benefits from playful postures like tree pose and warrior three.
  • Type 2 (The Helper) – To focus on inner strength, this type should choose core-based poses like plank pose, prayer twist and boat pose.
  • Type 3 (The Achiever) – Chest- and heart-openers help this type connect with their emotions. Such poses include cobra, upward-facing dog, twisting crescent and bound side angle.
  • Type 4 (The Individualist) – Core-strengthening postures help this type break away from their deep emotions.
  • Type 5 (The Investigator/Observer) – This type benefits from poses that create connection, such as partner poses, Sun Salutations and the heart-opening camel pose.
  • Type 6 (The Loyalist/Skeptic) – Grounding postures like child's pose, triangle and wide-legged forward fold are great for this personality type. In addition, fish pose can help create trust for this personality type.
  • Type 7 (The Enthusiast) – This type needs to slow down and stay in the poses longer. For this type, garland pose draws energy into the earth and creates stability.
  • Type 8 (The Challenger/Protector) – Gentle flows and postures that open emotions benefit this type. As such, cobra, frog, upward-facing dog and bow pose connect to emotions and open the heart.
  • Type 9 (The Peacemaker) – This type benefits from poses that are centering and draw out hidden emotions such as bow pose, plank, low plank and lord of the dance pose.
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