July 11th Dathun Teaching:
Order of Practices
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.33 Reprise
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
(scroll down for details)
The Four Keys to
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 Eleven: July 11
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
Breath 108 Inhales and 108 Exhales.
You may want to use a Mala to accompany your practice.
You could begin in another way if you wish, or do less
Sweet & Simple Breaths as inspired.
Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Devadashanta: Center to Periphery Pulsation
If you like, take a breath class via the audio below.
This is a recording of a live class I teach
exploring Devadashata Pranayama.
You could do this before or after the 108 Sweet Breaths.
Yoga Sutras Day 11: July 11
(Note for Mobile Users: An Archive of the Sutra Teachings can be found on the DeskTop Version at July Dathun Links Archive)
For Day 11, we will explore deeper contemplations of Sutra 1.33.
1.33: Maitri Karuna Mudita Upekshanam (My-tree Kah-roo-nah Moo-deet-tah Whew-peak-shawn-um)
Loving Kindness ~ Compassion ~ Joy ~ Equanimity
Soften before you work with the teachings.
As you read the sutras, allow your jaw to soften....perhaps massage the face, TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and your forehead. Also consider relaxing your tongue into your lower jaw (the cradle of the lower teeth, if you like). Relax your throat if you like, you can massage your thyroid as well.
You may want to take a few moments with this relaxation meditation before moving into the readings.
The Four Keys to Harmonious Consciousness
This sutra is often said to be an "intersectionality" of spiritual teachings. A version of this teaching can be found in almost all spiritual views of the world. A map of how to bring meaning and practical functionality to harmonious relationship to self, to others, and to transpersonal connection.
Today's Study will spend some intentional time with this ancient and modern-relevant teaching, using any or all of the following questions for journaling, meditation, conversation, or any other exploration method you enjoy:
(From Devi, 2010)
How have you experienced using the key of "kindness" or "compassion" in a situation, and a feeling of peace or harmony resulted?
Has there been a situation where you applied a key and it did not "unlock" peacefulness in interaction?
Would it be useful to take a week or so to study how within each day, you used one or all of the four keys in your daily life, and what resulted from this?
For this powerful sutra, consider the following (if you like):
What have I been told about this teaching?
Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.
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.
And one more question.....
If you were to look back over the previous 32 Yoga Sutras,
and had to choose one or two words or even images which reflect
the personal meaning for you in each one,
what would this look like?
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
like Ujjaii or Merudanda Energetic Breath.
Move to an asana practice.
After an Open Awareness Meditation, lie down for Savasana.
Take a "Savasayatra", a journey within,
listening to the "Wind in the Trees" sound
from the video above or "Tranquil Breezy Early Morning"
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.
Malchiodi, C. (2002). The Soul's Palette: Drawing on Art's Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being. Shambhala Publications. Boston, MA. USA.
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 Historical Content:
Swami @ 48yahoo.com. (2014) Om in Various Scripts. https://tamilandvedas.com/2014/12/12/om-symbol-in-europe-2000-bce/
Zelaya, R. (2019). What is the Meaning of Om? Gaia. https://www.gaia.com/article/what-meaning-om.
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.
Kent, Rolf. (2005). Miles & Maya. Sideways Soundtrak.
MC Yogi (2010). Shanti, Peace Out. World Records. ITunes.
Shamanic Dream (2005). Anugama. Open Sky Music. ITunes.
Sounds of Nature: Forest. (2012). Hot Ideas. ITunes.
Wertheimer & Kadt. (2012). Worldwide. ITunes.
Yoga Grooves (2003). Soul Food. New Age. ITunes.
References for Art:
Beauregrad, Ellen. https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ellen-beauregard
Reference for Video:
Ephemeral RIft. (2016). The Wind in the Trees. Youtube:
Yamauchi, Samyak. (2005). What is an Intuitive Painter? OPB.org. YouTube: