When you select “warp” your ship will automatically align towards the destination and warp.
Selecting an object / destination and then “approach” will also align your ship.
Note: To be clear, “aligning” in EVE is having your vector pointed within ~3-5 degrees of the target destination and being between 75 to 125% max velocity.
There is no such thing as “passive aligning” as, without any speed (see: 0 m/sec), the ship will not have any vector (see: “front”).
The reason for this is that the server sees your ship as nothing more than a “sphere” with data in it. Your “front” is defined by your trajectory (see: vector + speed) or last known trajectory.
So if your ship is sitting at 0 m/sec it will align at the same speed in any direction regardless of what the graphics in the game indicates.