Day 4 Dathun Teaching:
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.14:
Path of Freedom
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
What does conscious, intentional Independence feel like?
How would a yoga practice offer me
an embodiment of conscious freedom?
Preparing for Your Dathun: Suggestions
Create a Space for Pause:
A place you can be for introspection
for about 20-30 minutes
with minimal interruptions.
You may find it useful to
do the practice at about the
same time every day.
Items You May Need:
Mala Beads for 108 Breath Practice
Journal book or device
Any props you use for yoga practices
Your Yoga Sutras Translation(s)
You are welcome to add practices, or do less practices,
as inspired throughout the July Dathun.
How do I
A "dathun" (dah-thoon) is a retreat of several days for intentional study
and practice, usually introspective in nature.
A dathun is a time of integration, a time to harvest and make the
practices and teachings your own.
Breath Study Day Four:
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Feeling Sensation Possibilities
Bring Body Movement
into the 108 Sweet Breaths Practice:
Body Breath Pouring
Record yourself reading this through,
slowly. Your voice, your practice.
Sit for several natural breaths.
On inhale, bring your arms up, palms together over the head.
Be easy in the pause. Feel the Inner Body flowing upward.
Exhale, float your arms down to the earth, place the palms
on the ground, fingers forward.
Be easy in the pause.
Inhale and press the palms into the earth
(you do not have to push the body off the ground)
perhaps allow the press into the earth
to gently elongate your vertebral column, and
energize the side body, side ribs.
Be easy in the pause.
Exhale, feel the vertebral column and
inner body elements pour toward the earth.
Repeat the pattern.
Alternating Conscious Sensations:
Feeling Inner Body moving with Vertebral Column.
Feeling Side Bodies (right and left) energizing
with earth presses.
Yoga Sutras Day Four:
For Day 4, we will take a look at 3 translations of 1.12-14:
Conscious, Intentional Freedom: Independence & Practice
Read each one slowly, allow the meaning and feeling to "flow and soak" if you wish:
"Consciousness is elevated by Abhyasa (ah-ba yah-sah, Devoted Practice) and Vairagya (ver-rug-gee-yah, Remembering the Self). Devoted practice, Abhyasa, cultivates the unfolding of consciousness. Abhyasa is nurtured by a sustained steady rhythm and a dedicated heart." (Devi, 2010)
"These five movements (1.7-1.11) of the Mind are controlled by repeated practice and nonattachment. Practice is the effort to keep the mind still. Practice becomes firmly grounded when carried out for a long time. Without any break, and with devotion. " (Bharat, 2019)
"The vrittis are calmed by practice and by nonattachment. The endeavor to develop even-mindedness is what constitutes spiritual practice. Spiritual practice becomes frimly grounded when it is undertaken for a long time, without a break, and with deep earnestness." (Swami Kriyananda, 2013)
Some interesting language considerations, through a lens of independence in yoga:
Devoted : how many forms can a devoted practice have? Who decides what is a devoted practice?
Controlled : what synonyms could be used here? Befriend, attended, co-creation, collaboration
Non-attachment : A wonderful mind tangle to ponder; what is it to be non-attached? Is this freedom, or something else? How does equanimity and non-attchment relate to one another?
Keep the Mind Still: "Mind"....is this just what is produced by the functioning of the brain....or does "Mind" refer to something else? And what would "keeping it still" mean? Restraining it? Working with it in a friendly, non-aggitating way? Other?
Spiritual Practice: Differientiating "spiritual" and "religious"? How do you feel the spirit within and co-create with it? Do you describe this in another way?
Yoga becomes your own when you translate the language from what you have been told to what you feel, know, and live as an individual.
For these sutras, consider the following (if you like):
What have I been told about this teaching?
Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.
When ready, stop.
How do I relate to this teaching on my own?
Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal. This is
the essence of the Dathun; what is my knowing of this teachings?
My work centering around this sutra,
within my mind, my heart, and my body knowing?
How does this teaching feel as a body awareness?
Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.
Going From Here:
(some options, as you like,
feel free to use others as inspired):
Sit in Open Awareness Meditation for several moments.
Do several Sweet Breaths, then sequence in another pranayama.
Move to an asana practice.
After an Open Awareness Meditation, lie down for Savasana.
Take a "Savasayatra", a journey within.
(Enjoy "Through the Mist", preceding about 5 minutes of quiet).
Then a Closing and Release the Practice to the Benefit of All Beings.
Thank you for Dathun-ing!
developer, sangha of one
References for Yoga Sutras:
Bharat, Ram. (2019). A Seeker's Guide to the Yoga Sutras: Modern Reflections on the Ancient Journey. Rockridge Press. USA.
Bouanchaud, Benard. (1997). The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjail. Sri Satguru Publications. Delhi, India.
Carrera, Jaganath. (2006). Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for Study and Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Integral Yoga Publications. Yogaville, Virginia. USA.
Devi, N. J. (2010). The secret power of yoga: A woman's guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras. Harmony.
Ravikanth, B. (2012). Yoga Sutras of Patajali: Nature of the Mind, the Universe, and the True Self. Sanskrit Works.
Stiles, Mukunda. (2002). Yoga Sutras of Patajali. Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC. San Francisco, CA. USA.
Swami Kriyananda. (2013). Demystifiying Patajali: The Yoga Sutras. Cystal Clarity Publishing. Nevada City, CA. USA.
Swami Satchidananda. (1978). The Yoga Sutras of Patajali. Integral Yoga Publications. Yogaville, VA. USA.
White, David. (2014). The Yoga Sutras of Patajali: A Biography. Princeton Press. Princeton, NJ. USA.
References for Breathing:
Calais-Germain, Blandine. (2006). Anatomy of Breathing. Eastland Press, Seattle, WA. USA
Chaitow, Bradley, & Gilbert. (2014). Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2nd Edition. Churchhill Livingstone Elsevier Press.
Farhi, Donna. (1996). The breathing book: Good health and vitality through essential breath work. Holt Paperbacks.
Nestor, James. (2020). Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Riverhead Books. New York, NY. USA.
Oshins, Linda. (2014). Pranayama: A Compendium of Practices. Yoga On High, Columbus, OH. USA.
References for Music:
Davison, Peter. (1999). Music for Yoga. Gaiam / Davisounds. ITunes.
MC Yogi (2010). Shanti, Peace Out. World Records. ITunes.
Shamanic Dream (2005). Anugama. Open Sky Music. ITunes.
Wertheimer & Kadt. (2012). Worldwide. ITunes.