Whether deliberate and intense or energetic and vigorous, developing awareness of the sensations of the body and of movement of the breath is critical to your asana practice. Your mat is an entrance to a broader practice of yoga. "Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of consciousness."--Patanjali.
Come find your practice at The Dharma Studio, 142 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601. In the heart of old town.