Many students are likely to feel tightness in their bodies. Some may be feeling sluggish and slow-starting while others may feel energetic and determined.
Consider a slower and longer warm-up than other times of day.
An intention might be to energize and empower students for their day.
Considerations include a dharma meditation or encouraging intention-setting to support students in moving out into the world feeling centered and purposeful.
In the middle of the day, many students may be distracted by work, children or other responsibilities.
An intention may be to help students focus and calm their mind.
Reminding students to stay focused on the present and not be carried away by thoughts of responsibilities or timelines can help them to access a sense of calm, focus and energy for the rest of their day.
Depending upon the students, some options for inspiring focus could be:
Vigorous asana that requires relatively intense effort
Intricate alignment instruction that requires increased focus
You may wish to offer increasing silence and conclude with deep relaxation and preparation for sleep.
Because weekdays tend to be busier than weekends, students typically exhibit more stress and distraction. In this state, they might respond well to a class that combines intense effort (to meet them where they are, focus their minds and to heat and open the body and energy lines) with deep relaxation (to bring them down, release residual tension and give them the direct experience of their deeper identity).
On weekends, students may be more at ease and tend to express more openness and peaceful energy. This can be an opportunity to introduce more variations, different flows, more advanced yoga philosophy or more or different pranayama practices.