At the start of most yoga classes, the teacher asks you to call to mind your intention—someone or something to help inspire your practice. When you do this, it acts like an inner compass, guiding your attention to whatever quality you’d like to embody as you move through your asana. When you don’t set an intention, however, you tend to default to go-to habits and routines, which may take you away from self-awareness.
The following two sequences are designed to empower you to set an intention for your day, and then to let go of the day so you can relax deeply before bedtime. The morning practice gathers your energy for the day ahead, while the evening practice releases mental clutter so you can get a restful night’s sleep. As you flow, remember to focus on the quality of energy you want to bring to the experience. The hope is that this will help make you more conscious of the choice you have in where your attention goes, as well as help you stay connected to that freedom, both on and off the mat.