Day Two Dathun Teaching:
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.3-1.4
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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.

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.

Breath Study Day Two: 
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
(Suggestion: Adding music may be a lovely
way to meet yourself in the breath as you begin the Dathun.
This track, called "Tabla Breath" by Wertheimer & Kadt
is about 5 and a half minutes in length.
You could play it through twice (the Looping Tabla is lovely), and have 
some quiet for the last several breaths.
Or skip the music, as you wish.  A Mala helps
with tracking and feeling the continuum of breath
through 108 movements. 
01 Tabla BreathWertheimer & Kadt
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Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Feeling Sensation Possibilities
(could do this after the 108 Sweet Breaths, or before.) 
In Constructive Rest Posture (see image):
Take a moment and survey how you feel on any or all levels. 
Observe and note as you wish. 
On In-breath, expansion moves through crown, tail, and front body,
away from center in all directions. 
 
On Out-breath, feel expansion "return to center, or source". 
Substitute "weight" for "expansion" in the above
sensation exploration language. 
 
How do these two sensations feel different from one another?
How do they feel the same? 
Take a moment and survey how you feel on any or all levels. 
Observe and note how your practice
affected your felt-sense of being today. 
(Morrissey, 2020) 
Yoga Sutras Day Two: 
If the first two Yoga Sutras define the essence of yoga itself, the second two
Yoga Sutras could be said to describe the sensation of the felt-sense of "yoga" (1.3) in comparison to a state of being in "fragmentation" (1.4).
 
For Day 2, we will take a look at 3 translations of 1.3-1.4:
Sutra 1.3:
(Perhaps review 1.1 and 1.2 slowly....then take in 1.3 slowly....) 
"When the Mind is calm, the spirit experiences itself." (Bharat, 2019)
"Then, spiritually free, the practitioner abides tranquilly in their inner self."
(Swami Kriyananda, 2013)
"[When the Mind has ceased to identify with itself], when this happens,
then the Seer is revealed, resting within their own essential nature, and
one realizes the True Self ." (Mukunda, 2002) 
(So this is what a felt-sense of yoga could feel like. Bathe in it for a while. Are there other ways you experience this? What does your favorite translation say about this?) 
Sutra 1.4:
(Describes the "fragmentation" as an identification, and how it happens:) 
      
"At other times, we identify with the rays of consciousness, which fluctuate and encourage our perceived distress ." (Devi, 2010) 
"When the Mind id moving, the spirit identifies itself with mental states."
(Bharat, 2019)
 
"At other times, the Self appears to assume the forms of the mental modifications." (Carrera, 2006) 

 

For both of these sutras, consider the following (if you like): 

 

What have I been told about this teaching?

 

pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember....feel.....breathe

Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.

When ready, stop. Or move to 1.4.)

 

 

How do I relate to this teaching on my own?

(pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember.....feel.....breathe.

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?

(pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember.....feel.....breathe.

Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.

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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"

(Savasana with a "Breathing Through the Senses" meditation

preceding about 5 minutes of quiet). 

Breathing Through the SensesBecky Morrissey
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Then a Closing and Release the Practice to the Benefit of All Beings. 

Thank you for Dathun-ing! 

Becky Morrissey

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. www.sanskritworks.com 

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. 

Shamanic Dream (2005). Anugama. Open Sky Music. ITunes. 

Wertheimer & Kadt. (2012). Worldwide. ITunes.