Bija Bennett

Emotions matter. They can impact how we perform on tasks, how engaged and creative we are, how we make decisions, and how we affect the environment around us.

Emotions are not disruptions of an otherwise calm and reasonable experience. They're at the very heart of our experience, determining our focus, influencing our interests, giving meaning to our world. Emotions provide us with our most basic communication network within, helping us connect the incidents, the relationships, and the experiences that make up our lives. 

While it's well known that our emotions and our health are intimately connected, findings now indicate that emotions are a vital part of corporate culture as well. Fostering a healthy emotional culture in the workplace makes sense, and by allowing honest emotions and cultivating positive ones, it can create a community of trust, collaboration — even fun!

Allowing yourself to feel is the first step toward developing emotional autonomy and strength. It affects you and every individual, spilling out into an organization.  

Knowing what you feel — letting yourself feel your emotions fully — allows you you to deal with your emotional experiences and manage your emotional expressions. It requires getting into your body, and out of your mind's distractions. It requires making conscious choices to cultivate the emotions you want, and shift your emotional state. This too, shifts your emotional culture. 

Whenever you are honest with your emotions, when you allow yourself to notice and keenly observe whatever is there, you are strengthening your emotional reality and building your emotional skills. This puts you at a personal and business advantage.

Emotional Yoga can expand your emotional potential — with in-depth practices and tools.


Tracking Your Emotions


Moving Your Emotions


Calming Your Emotions

Telling Your Emotional Truth


Breathing in Steps


Conscious Rest

Sometimes, it's a struggle to tell the truth because there are so many versions of the truth. But truthfulness is a practice of observation, then verification. First, you have to ‚Äčnotice the truth. more


Breathing can be done in stages or steps to intensify an emotional effect. You can reduce some kind of emotional excess in your system or nourish and build your emotional self up. more


One of the most elegant ways to witness your emotional landscape is during a state of rest. In this exercise, your body and mind are completely relaxed and your awareness is acute. more

Deep Winter

Winter can be a personal time to re-evaluate and hibernate and just think about things.

It can be a moment when you simply stop — and inspect who and what you are, reaffirm the reason why you're here, and let your internal refuge guide you through.

Deep inquiry and attention is an actual experience from which your spiritual life depends. It demands that you feel the presence of your life at all times. Granted, all the times of your life are moments and mysteries to be cherished. But the moments when you are acutely aware are truly the most pure.

These are the moments that lead you into a meditative state while you still embody the world, and take you to a higher state of living.

Living in the present means that you turn to face the world and merge with whatever is there — the freshly fallen snow, the teal blue sea, the universe in its immensity and power. This is how the moments of your life get experienced. You get to experience them, which is a privilege. When you are one with whatever you see, you will see things in a way you weren't able to before.

For in this very moment, there is no resistance to what is there, and there is nothing more to know.

Enjoy Deep Winter.




"With Emotional Yoga, Bija has woven an authentic understanding of yogic principles with her creative artistic mastery, making the profound teachings of this ancient tradition available to the modern reader."

— Gary Kraftsow, Founder, The American Viniyoga Institute

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Bija Bennett is a Chicago-based author, artist, and speaker who has turned from the performing arts to the healing arts, and then back again to make unique and inspiring books, talks, music, and films, that impact the way we work and live.