Yoga for Your Emotional IQ

What is Emotional IQ anyway, you might ask? It's a term that has been made popular by Daniel Goleman's book Emotional Intelligence published in 1996.

Basically it is higher if we are in touch with our emotions and can use them creatively in life. It is lower if we don't recognize our emotions and allow them to unconsciously dictate our life. In other words we become victims to our emotions and the circumstances that give rise to them.

Over many years as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and teacher, I saw people first hand at all different places along the spectrum. I now firmly believe that yoga and yoga therapy can help us get it higher.

Any style of yoga will probably help in the long run, but an approach to yoga with an open ended mind-body focus works best. If you are able to use your yoga practice as a way of tuning in to your emotions, accepting them, and learning from them, then you have a yoga practice that will serve your life to the fullest.

If you would like to learn more you might want to look for a Phoenix Rising practitioner who has been trained to guide you in a process that will give you a first hand experience of what it is like to tune in at all levels of your being - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

In the meantime, incorporate this simple exercise into your yoga practice. As you engage a posture focus in particular on the feeling associated with each small movement. With practice, teach yourself to appreciate the subtle differences in sensation and feeling that you experience. Don't analyze or explain or even think about what you experience. Just notice the different feeling "flavors".

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