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Yoga for Mindful Emotional Intelligence (YOMEI) offers a unique and engaging approach to the average Emotional Intelligence training. With the incorporation of mindful practices and yoga instruction to enhance participants' self-awareness, participants are directly engaged and immersed in the exploration of their and others' Emotional Intelligence skills.

Each workshop is tailored to the needs of the organization served. Stress reduction, balanced professional relationships, effective communication, employee retention, and inner peace and happiness are just some of the many advantages of participating in the workshop.



With regular yoga practice, the natural skills of attention, awareness, and concentration are balanced. Yoga is mindful movement that improves self-awareness.



Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing on the present moment while acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and emotions in a non-judgmental way.

Emotional Intelligence


Emotional Intelligence is the ability to think constructively and act wisely. It's key components include: Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and leadership skills, as well as self-management and self-awareness.


Employer Wellness Program Data

  • 67% reported increased employee satisfaction

  • 66% reported increased productivity

  • 63% reported increased productivity

  • 50% reported decreased absenteeism  

The Data
The Facts
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Job Stress costs US companies about $300 billion annually through absenteeism, diminished productivity, employee turnover, and direct medical, legal, and insurance fees. (American Institute of Stress).

78% of Americans describe their jobs as stressful

52% of employees are less productive at work because of stress.

91% of workers at companies led by leaders that support well-being efforts say they feel motivated to do their best at their jobs. (American Psychological Association)

One hour of yoga a week decreased stress levels in employees by a third, reducing healthcare costs by an average of $2,000 a year (Aetna/Duke). 

Employees who participate in workplace wellness programs are more satisfied in their jobs (70%) than those who don’t participate in their companies’ programs. (Aflac)

Workers who report they are stressed incur healthcare costs that are almost 50% higher than other employees  

(The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).

How Our Services Help

The YOMEI workshop was developed by research. Dr. Aprile Atwater, the creator of YOMEI. Dr. Atwater completed her doctoral studies with a focus on Emotional Intelligence. Her passion for Yoga and Mindfulness led to an interest in further research on the benefits of including the two practices in Emotional intelligence training. This research-led, evidence-based workshop helps businesses, organizations, educators, and leaders develop their Emotional Intelligence skills through a whole-person approach.



Yoga is a mindful movement practice that includes stretching, strengthening, and breathing exercises. With regular practice the natural skills of attention awareness, and concentration are balanced.



  • Helps with Focus

  • Relieves Anxiety

  • Decreases Stress

  • Increases Self-Esteem

  • Drops Blood Pressure

  • Maintains Your Nervous System

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Mindfulness is the continual awareness of one's experience "in the moment." Practicing mindfulness reduces emotional reactivity and reactive thoughts.


  • Improves Memory

  • Reduction of Emotional Reactivity

  • Strengthen Relationships

  • Relieves Stress

  • Improves Attentiveness

  • Reduces Rumination



Emotional Intelligence is the ability to think constructively and act wisely. People who have strong Emotional Intelligence skills are more effective employees and leaders. 


  • Regulates Emotional Reactiveness

  • Strengthens Leadership Capabilities

  • Increases Self-Awareness

  • Advances Team Work

  • Aids in Empathy

  • Increases Compassion

  • Improves Motivation

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About the Founder

Aprile Giordano-Atwater, founder and creator of YOMEI, took multiple levels of education to create YOMEI. Because of her passion for whole-body wellness, Aprile found a way to incorporate her expertise in emotional intelligence (EI) with her passion for yoga and mindfulness.

It is Aprile's goal to change the lives of each participant in her research-derived workshops through the implementation of Yoga (movement for wellness), Mindfulness (being present in the moment), and Emotional Intelligence awareness (the ability to think constructively and act wisely).

Aprile's credentials include:

  • Ed.D. dissertation constructed on the theory of Transformative Emotional Intelligence.

  • Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach through the Emotional Intelligence and Research Institute (EITRI) 

  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (RYT) with Yoga Goddess Academy

  • Mindfulness Certification accredited by Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC


As a career English teacher, Aprile Coached and mentored young adults on the positive benefits of understanding and applying their EI skills. She continues her education with ongoing training to learn valuable mind-body skills to support the health and healing of trauma survivors and those with life-altering experiences. Aprile's desire to serve the educational community, both K-12 and higher education, is evident in her creation of YOMEI.



Yoga for Mindful Emotional Intelligence (YOMEI) offers a unique approach to the average yoga workshop by incorporating mindful practices to enhance participants' Emotional Intelligence (EI) awareness and skills. The research-backed workshops intend to provide strategies for everyday mindful practices while incorporating EI skills to enhance professional and personal relationships. Each workshop is tailored to the specific audience based on the organization and communities they serve. Stress reduction, inner peace, happiness, and the ability to communicate effectively are just some of the many advantages of completing these workshops.

The workshops are constructed on the theory of Transformative Emotional Intelligence and Trait Mindfulness with a blend of Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga practices. Each workshop is tailored to the specific audience served, with a primary focus on educators, military personnel, trauma survivors, corporate settings, prison populations, the terminally ill, and those suffering from addiction.

YOMEI offers individual services such as one-on-one and small group yoga and mindfulness sessions. Visit YOMEI_You for more information. 

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