Yoga & Social Justice Challenge Day 1: Ahimsa

Day 1 of the Yoga and Social Justice Challenge focuses on Ahimsa, or nonviolence. Our practice was to complete the Ahimsa Poem Commitment template Susanna provided, and add our own Surya Namaskar (sun salutation). While I was recuperating from a car crash, I did a lot of chair yoga! Somehow, this one felt like a good fit for me, in this moment of practice.

Ahimsa Justice Flow – Surya Namaskar in Chair

I am the beginning.
It is up to me.
If not me, who?
If not now, when?
I am your child, parent, sibling, partner, friend
From long ago, in this moment, and for what is to come
I am working against systems of oppression
I am acting for people to be seen and to be free
If not me, who?
If not now, when?
We are the beginning.
It is up to us.

Inspired by Susana Barkati, Yoga and Social Justice Challenge. You can find the template for this poem in the Day 1 video and make one of your own!

Chair Flow Poses:

  • Chair Urdhva Badhanguliyansana (upward reaching bound fingers; 2x: change interlacing of fingers)
  • Chair Twist
  • Chair Pigeon pose with forward fold – hands on table, counter or desk (or all the way to floor if you can reach!)
  • Chair Puvana Muktasana (wind freeing pose)
  • Chair Cat & Cow
  • Chair Urdhva Namaskarasana (upward reaching palms together)