Growing Emotional Intellligence through Yoga



Growing Emotional Intelligence (EIQ)

in the classroom with Yoga

Fits into the National Curriculum under PDHPE








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Written and illustrated by Monica Batiste

Growing Emotional Intelligence through Yoga


“Character isn’t just about doing the right thing in

an ethical sense; it is about doing our best work.

If that is true, then character education isn’t about

helping kids get along; it is also about teaching

them to work hard, develop their talents, and aspire

to excellence in every area of endeavor”

– Lickona & Davidson 2005, p. 373


Courage ertiveness

ambition BRAVERY


ETHICS Dedication

Commitment Joyful

Australian edition

Emotional Intelligence and Yoga

fits into the National Curriculum under PDHPE


Growing Emotional Intelligence through Yoga





[ELOQUENCE *]Compassion *Desire

Table of Contents

What is Emotional Intelligence?


What is Yoga?


Growing Emotional Intelligence with Yoga










Social Skills




You Are a Super-hero




About Monica Batiste



Growing Emotional Intelligence through Yoga


[*What is Emotional Intelligence? *]

Emotional Intelligence (EIQ) is the capacity to

Emotional y intelligent children don’t depend on

recognise your emotions, to have the ability to

others to solve their problems, and they accept

make healthy choices based on those emotions, and

personal responsibility for how they feel.

the resilience or intelligence to keep growing in a

positive way.

Emotional Intel igence is a key

factor for a successful and happy life

Emotional y intelligent children communicate

effectively with each other, giving them an advantage

in achieving their goals, and at the same time

supporting the emotional needs of others.

Emotional Intelligence acknowledges that all feelings are

valid, even the angry ones; it is what you choose to do

with those emotions that builds emotional intelligence.

[*What is Yoga? *]

Yoga is a combination of postur es and lifestyle.

Character development doesn’t have to be boring

There are many postures practised in yoga which

or serious – many postures are noisy and fun. Lion

support strength and flexibility, but the greatest

pose for example, includes a loud roar! Children

aspect of yoga is its ability to develop mindfulness

love it. On a physical level Lion pose improves knee

and character.

flexibility, but on an emotional level, Lion pose

releases the voice, and supports a timid child into

The yoga philosophy is to love and accept yourself

speaking up.

and others, just as you are. Yoga encourages non-

judgment, peace, mindfulness, and caring for

I was teaching a new class and mentioned the benefits

others. Each posture in yoga is designed to support

of postures to their teacher. She said, ‘Well that’s

the emotional connection to self and others. For

amazing, because the two children who refused to

instance, your class may be doing yoga, and in the

do Lion pose are my two timid children.’

last few minutes move into peaceful pose. There

may be a child in your class that does not usual y

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.

Each yoga posture has many virtues, and each

virtue can be developed through yoga. My books

and articles are focused on how to practise simple

and fun yoga postures, and how to acknowledge

the character benefits of each one.

from ‘Yoga for Little Bears’ Book


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Yoga offers tools to strengthen and stretch the


whole body, to de-stress and increase calm,

peace and happiness. The mindfulness and

self-acceptance practised through yoga improves

emotional strength, resilience and self-esteem.

Meditation raises immunity, promotes inner peace

and self-love.

Yoga is there for the long term – it isn’t something

from ‘Yoga for Little Bears’ Book

you do once and it’s done. It’s something that can

be practised for a handful of minutes each day to

maintain a high level of physical and emotional

Resilience is important because the higher the

development that will support you for life’s entire

resilience, the easier it is for your child to recover


from setbacks.

The benefits derived through yoga can be drawn on

For instance when someone fails an exam, is fired or

every day, allowing all who practise it to experience

rejected, the first response may be disappointment,

a more loving and joyful life.

but how that person feels about themselves

determines what they do next, and how quickly they

Yoga is an extension of life’s moments. During yoga


all virtues can be acknowledged, for each posture

cal s a child to a virtue, and virtues grow emotional

An emotional y intelligent child with high self-


esteem will acknowledge how they feel, and support

themselves in a healthy way. They will understand

Children have a natural

that it hurts, know it will eventual y pass, not blame

ability to love and accept themselves,

themselves, and as the hurt subsides, they will

and yoga helps bring out this

resume actions to achieve their goals. They will still

believe in themselves.

natural expression

The low self-esteem child feels defeated. They might

Every time you name a virtue, the virtue within that

see this as another piece of evidence that they are a

child grows

failure; that they cannot achieve, and this experience

might be their fault. They are likely to feel powerless

You can find virtues in every posture; for instance

and helpless, and use negative words to describe

during Meditation; Child’s pose or Resting butterfly

their situation. They may not try again because,

(even if it’s a few seconds), you can acknowledge

‘What would be the point?’

your child for peacefulness. During Tree pose you

can acknowledge focus. During Warrior poses you

Without emotional

can acknowledge courage. In Cat pose, you can

acknowledge flexibility.

intel igence, children cannot

successful y move through pain

Acknowledgment starts right here, wherever you

are, and when you acknowledge virtues during

or overcome difficulty

everyday life, you see the transformation of your

Without resilience, children may turn to sulking,

child’s self esteem.

anger or depression. They might permanently

When your child makes the connection that they

change the way they deal with life, in order to resist

can self regulate their emotions they will thrive.

the chances of being rejected in the future.

As children grow self-esteem and take charge of

A teenage child or adult may take abuse substances

how they feel, they will have the resilience to make

to overcome the pain of ‘failure’.

positive choices for their wel being.


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The emotional y intel igent child has skil s and tools to resolve and move through all situations, good and bad.

Children learn this through the adults around them, reflecting who they are. Role model ing positive behaviour and acknowledging virtues is a powerful tool for healing and growth.

Growing Emotional Intelligence with Yoga

The five aspects of emotional intelligence are For example, when you acknowledge trust in a child, self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation,

the child learns they are trustworthy, and internalise

empathy and social skil s.

this by trusting themselves to achieve their goals.


When a child is acknowledged for assertiveness or

Self-awareness is the ability to recognise emotions,

resilience, they are more likely to initiate activities

moods and their effect on self and others. With

(assertiveness) and bounce back from setbacks

self-awareness a child is more likely to self-assess


strengths and limits, and build lateral thinking,

During yoga, remind children that each posture is

resilience, confidence and self-worth.

an opportunity to accept themselves ‘just as they

Yoga helps children understand how they are feeling

are’. Teaching (through words and role-modelling)

through introspection during postures. Postures

self-acceptance gives children permission to be

reflect emotions and virtues. For example, a child

themselves, which builds the confidence to try new

that is insecure will usual y reflect this through a

things. When people are encouraged to love and

slumped posture. Encouraging the upright posture

accept themselves just as they are, they flourish in

of Mountain pose helps the child experience

a positive and productive way.

confidence. When standing tal , strong and proud

Self-regulation for the emotional y intelligent child

in Mountain pose, adults can acknowledge these

means knowing how they feel and using these

virtues, allowing the child’s confidence to grow and

feelings to guide their behaviour for positive and

this will be used later in real-life situations. Being

healthy outcomes.

confident in yoga leads to confidence in life.

Virtues are named with each posture in my resources

Self-reflection supports self-regulation

to help children identify and develop their self-


Self-reflection grows when feelings are recognised.

Support this by naming feelings: ‘I can see you are

Yoga supports self-awareness by offering the

angry/sad/frustrated/afraid (Name) and that is

opportunity to understand and express feelings, and

okay. How can we release this feeling so that you

the space to release when needed.

feel better?’


‘I can see your happiness/joy/

Self-regulation is the art of recognising emotions

peacefulness/confidence (Name).’

and acting on them in an appropriate way.

By teaching children to observe and name feelings

(during yoga or at any time), children learn to

recognise and address feelings. By showing children

how to release stress through yoga, they become

aware of their ability to self-regulate.

All feelings are okay;

it’s what you do with

When virtues are acknowledged, children discover

them that matters

their moral character and use this information to

regulate behaviour.


Growing Emotional Intelligence through Yoga


Every time you name a feeling for a child, you help them build their reservoir of emotional intel igence and their ability to relate, empathise, and grow.

High emotional intel igence means knowing how you feel

and choosing behaviour for a positive outcome


Motivation is the ability to use emotions to guide

injuries or disabilities. If a child is unable to do any

or facilitate the achievement of goals.

of the postures, invite them to sit with the class in

mindful observation, and take deep breaths. Mindful

Motivated children have the desire to improve and

observation in yoga is a joyful way to teach ‘being

do their best without the fear of making a mistake.

present’, which calms and relaxes the brain.

Motivated children feel confident to align their goals

with other people and have the ability to work well

Daily success in yoga leads to the confidence to try

in a team. Motivation inspires optimism that ‘all will

new things and a positive attitude for life.

be wel ’. If an emotional y intelligent child fails to

The benefits of yoga are transferable. For example,

achieve a goal, rather than feeling hopeless the child

when I went scuba diving for the first time, I knew

acknowledges their disappointment, but continues

I could pull myself into a boat because I was strong

to set goals because they believe in themselves.

from yoga. I knew I could regulate my breathing

When motivation is high, children believe they can

through my experience with meditation. I knew I

achieve their goals. When motivation is low, children

could calm myself when fear was knocking, because

don’t believe they can achieve their goals and are

I had learned calming techniques through yoga.

reluctant to try (because failure is painful). The best

remedy for low motivation is to build confidence and

Motivation is fuel for

trust in the ability to achieve. This is built through

many observations of positive acknowledgment.

great achievement

When a child has self-belief, they

retain self-respect and self-love even

during setbacks.

Resilience is the gold medal for motivation


When Thomas Edison was inventing the light bulb,

Empathy is the ability to be aware of and take

it took many experiments before he achieved his

appropriate action regarding other people’s feelings,

goal. He said, ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000

needs and concerns.

ways that won’t work.’ When Olympic medallists

go to the games, their goal is to do their personal

Empathy is an important

best, so even if they don’t achieve their ultimate

skill as it prevents teasing, promotes

goal of a gold medal, they have still won. This is an

empowering attitude.

understanding, and creates unity

Yoga encourages motivation,

amongst all.

as children will always achieve

When children realise that other people feel the same

a yoga posture.

emotions as themselves, they develop compassion.

There is no right or wrong in yoga as all postures can

Yoga encourages observation of self during postures.

be modified to suit the individual as all postures can

Ask questions like ‘How does this posture make

be modified: yoga can be practised in a wheelchair,

you feel?’ and ‘How does this posture change your

standing or sitting; postures can work around

feelings from anger/ frustration/boredom to a better



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Using self-observation in yoga develops observation of others. The empathetic child is aware of how others are feeling and feels motivated to address it. ‘Are you crying?’ they might ask. ‘Can I get you a tissue? A hug?’

Paired yoga supports empathy because observation of others is necessary for col aboration. Constel ation of Stars pose will provide this opportunity, and the laughter that usual y follows helps consolidate the good feeling of supporting others.


ResilienceConstelation of Stars from Yoga for Little Bears ENERGY







[*TRUST *]Caring


Other poses that lend themselves to pairs are Dancer’s pose (holding hands), Gum-Tree pose (side by side, inner arms around each other and outer hands reaching over head like a tree branch), and Tail-balancing pose (feet touch). Have fun, invent ways to pair and support each other during yoga.

As children learn to support one another, empathy develops.

Social Skills


When you have strong social skil s, you are adept at

Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself.

communicating your needs, and adept at eliciting

desired responses from others.

High self-esteem means having positive beliefs and

expectations about self. Low self-esteem means

The social networker can influence others towards

having negative and low expectations about self.

a common goal. A strong leader has strong social

Self-esteem can be improved through positive

skil s; they know how to influence, motivate and

acknowledgment and support of students’ attributes.

encourage others, and have the skil s to negotiate

and resolve conflict.

Friendship pose

creates unity

Social skil s build bonds with friends and colleagues.

The social networker has empathy to offer support,

guidance or correction when needed, and the

intelligence to recognise the emotional or sensory

language of others in order to communicate in the

method that is suitable.

Yoga improves social skil s as it builds the child’s

ability to communicate, assert their needs, and

feel confident within themselves. This encourages

children to take risks and form bonds with others

for mutual outcomes.


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Yoga improves Emotional IQ by offering a space

where body language reflects emotional language

and by improving the body, the mind follows.

Using yoga as the tool for personal transformation

is a loving, healthy, peaceful and honourable way to

improve self-esteem in yourself, your family, your

community and the world.

Loving the self leads to loving others

You Are a Super-hero

If you are looking after you, your child will copy that.

A student’s self-talk is a strong indicator of self-If you are loving you, they will love themselves. If

esteem. For instance, ‘I can’t do this posture’ usual y

you are demonstrating kindness and caring towards

means ‘I don’t have faith in myself’, and ‘This is too

yourself, then so will your child.

hard’ usual y means ‘Life is hard and I am afraid to

It’s all about you. Love, honour and accept yourself


right now, and move forward with gentleness and

Other indicators of self-esteem during yoga are

kindness to demonstrate emotional intelligence to

pushing into postures because ‘they must achieve’.

your child.

This means, ‘I will push myself into doing things I

Acknowledge your own successes and achievements,

don’t want to do even if it hurts me’.

no matter how smal , and you will automatical y do

As you notice the struggle, use this as your guide

this with your child, and he or she will automatical y

for improvement. Say things like ‘There is no right

do it for themselves and others.

or wrong; there is no need to push; just relax and

Yoga is an opportunity to practise virtues,

allow the posture (and life) to come to you. Let go

acknowledgment and acceptance, because yoga

and trust that you (and the world) will support you’.

postures exemplify emotions and virtues.

Acknowledge peaceful and self-accepting moments

to show your students that life is easier if you can

accept where you are in this moment.

By improving self-talk, self-esteem

and communication improve

Yoga improves self-esteem by mirroring desired

virtues. Warrior poses reflect assertiveness. Child’s

pose reflects acceptance and humility (being

humble). Lion Pose, Noisy Goril a and Woodchopper

improve the ability to ‘speak up’. Dancer’s pose


improves grace and confidence. Virtues developed


through the physical body become a part of the

emotional body. All emotional experiences become

part of the physical body and its shape and posture.

It is all interconnected.

When you are true of purpose, in mind, body and

spirit, you move with confidence and joy. When you

open your heart to love, you experience freedom

and spontaneity.


from ‘Yoga for Little Bears’ Book

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Balance your yoga practice with heart opening,

nurturing, assertive and passive postures

to help children have the healthy experience of all

emotions. All emotions are

okay – because

they help us see who

and where we are.

You start on the mat because it’s easier there; it’s

more obvious there. Then you move it into your life.

During postures and during the day, acknowledge

virtues and allow your child to develop into the

fullness of who they truly are.

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The emotional intelligence incorporated in this

Yoga for Little Bears includes chapters on emotional

book helps children protect themselves from bullies,

intel igence, the empowering language of the virtues,

soften their approach if they are a bul y, and develop

and innovative yoga poses that reflect the Australian

strong self-esteem to grow to their highest potential.


The first section of the book is for educators

Each yoga pose has a poem, instructions on how to

and includes a summary of yoga, and how to

do each pose and the benefits of each pose including

support personal development through emotional

the virtues developed.

intelligence, yoga and the language of the virtues.

The il ustrations are bright and fun to inspire children

to enjoy movement.

Half moon from ‘Yoga for Little Bears’ Book


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All art works in this article are created by Monica Batiste through oil paint on canvas, or gouache and prismacolor pencil on cotton paper and remain copyright©

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For educators and children: educational; fitness; motivation; personal development.

For ages 3-6 pictures and poetry—to be read to child. For ages 6-9 pictures and poetry—early reader for child.

For educators in the home and classroom.

All il ustrations are created by Monica Batiste and may not be sold, copied, or shared except for inside this resource and keeping the appropriate acknowledgments.

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Categories: Health and personal development K-12 PDHPE; Core curriculum; character development.

Title: Growing Emotional Intelligence (EIQ) with Yoga

Published by: Art & Words Publishing, Margate QLD Australia Author and Illustrator: Monica Batiste; Graphic Design: Jane Hayes; Proofreader: Jane Todd.

Photograph of Monica taken in Berlin with a Berlin Bear of friendship by Gabriela Batiste.


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[ELOQUENCE *]Compassion *Desire

About Monica Batiste

Author, artist and yoga teacher, Monica has worked in the health and fitness industry for 30 years. For the past 10 years her focus has been on developing EIQ through yoga.

Monica teaches classes to adults and children. She offers professional development for teachers to bring yoga into their classroom, and has published several books on yoga and emotional intelligence, including strategies for anti-bul ying.

As a trained artist Monica brings unique il ustrations to her work that demonstrate her love of children and personal development. Her mission is to bring positive change and hope. Monica lives north of Brisbane with her husband Andreas. Between them they have four beautiful daughters and seven awesome grandchildren.

For Monica’s CV and to view more of her work,

please visit www.monicabatiste.com.au

I wish you love and peace on your journey.

Monica Batiste


Growing Emotional Intellligence through Yoga

Yoga will help you grow emotional intelligence and self-esteem, because yoga teaches you about yourself. Yoga postures will build motivation, self-esteem, self-awareness and empathy, because yoga is an extension of life’s moments. You will learn how to find virtues within postures, and how to use acknowledgment to grow your beautiful child (or yourself). Our book Growing Emotional Intelligence through Yoga is a snippet from our book Yoga for Little Bears and Virtues with Yoga Bear, written and illustrated by yoga teacher, author and artist Monica Batiste. Children have a natural ability to love and accept themselves; all you need to do is allow them to grow what is already there.

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