Emotional Intelligence (EIQ) is the capacity to recognize your emotions, to have the ability to make healthy choices based on those emotions, and the resilience or intelligence to keep growing in a positive way.
Emotional Intelligence is a key factor for a successful and happy life.
Yoga supports emotional intelligence by helping children learn how to regulate their emotions through simple yoga postures, mindfulness, and meditation.
Yoga builds emotionally intelligence bodies and minds.
Yoga encourages non- judgment, peace, mindfulness, and caring for others.
Each posture in yoga is designed to support the emotional connection to self and others. For instance, your class may be doing yoga, and in the last few minutes move into peaceful pose. There may be a child in your class that does not usually experience peace, but for a few moments will experience peace. He or she has an opportunity to ‘wire’ peace into their nervous system. Through persistent acknowledgement each time the child demonstrates peace (if only for a moment) the self- belief of peace grows stronger. There will come a time when this child knows what peace is, how to get there, what it feels like, and will acquire the ability to self-regulate to peace.
Our book Yoga for Little Bears helps educators recognize and support emotional development through many fun and engaging postures.