Often, in yoga, we’re instructed to start and end class in the same pose – usually some sort of seated posture.
At the beginning, this pose may come with the invitation to set an intention for class – perhaps we hope to remain present or practice resilience or gratitude. Something to bring your mind back towards as it wanders or something to get you through a tough sequence.
At the end, this pose usually comes with the invitation to pause and notice anything that has changed since the beginning of class – maybe your hips feel more open, you’re hot and sweaty, your mood has changed, your mind is clear.
set an intention
pause and notice
There are many, many important lessons to be learned on the yoga mat that have real world applications off the mat. But I think these are two of the most important.