July 15th Dathun Teaching:
Order of Practices
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutra 1.36: Heart Light Awareness
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
(scroll down for details)
Today's Practice: Sutra 1.36
Reflections on the Heart Light: A Meditation
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 Fifteen: July 15
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:
Lengthen the Exhales
& Soften the Heart
Allow each of the 108 exhales,
the rechakas, to be
Ujjaii exhales through
With each exhalation
soften the area around your heart.
Place your hand on your heart
as you breathe the 108 Sweet Breaths.
Allow the eyes to set peacefully
behind the horizon of your cheekbones,
whether open or closed.
At the end of this
108 Sweet Breaths Heart Meditation,
notice how you feel.
Yoga Sutras Day 15: July 15
(Note for Mobile Users: An Archive of the Sutra Teachings can be found on the DeskTop Version at July Dathun Links Archive)
For Day 15, we will explore Sutra 1.36:
Sutras 1.34-1.39 are a grouping of teachings which offer yoga practices for restoration and balancing.
Sutra 1:34 began a swadhaya of the utility and spiritual beauty of the simple, gorgeous exhalation.
Sutra 1.35 suggests tratok (trah talk), candle gazing, for sensory repatterning.
Sutra 1.36 teaches to find refuge in the Heart Light (Hridhaya), the Heart Chakra, reflecting upon the Light within all.
Here are 3 translations for your consideration:
"Serenity linked to luminous lucidity of centered being." (Bouanchaud, 1997)
"The mind can also find peace by contemplating the luminous heart light, arising from the heart which is the sourcceof true serenity." (Mukunda, 2002)
"Cultivate devotion to the supreme, ever-blissful Light within." (Devi, 2010)
If you like, try a Heart Yantra Meditation. A yantra is a symbolic representation, a kind-of labrinth in art form. A yantra represents ideas, meanings, and energies in a graphic form. You may use the Heart Yantras included here, or connect with your favorite Heart Yantra. You may like to color a Heart Yantra of your own as you explore this 1.36 teaching: connecting with your Heart Charka Light within your personal practice.
Soften your eyes and gaze into the Heart Yantra. Notice what there is to notice about body sensation as you gaze into the yantra. Then close your eyes and "perceive" the Heart Yantra as a vision behind your eyes, or as a vision within your forehead; another practice is to bring the perceived visionary light into your heart center or even a vision of Heart Light into the center of the pelvic floor. The Light associated with the Heart Light is a beautiful green and is known as Hridhaya (that which gives and takes perfect balance). You become the lamp sheltering the Heart Light within. Your Inner Hridhaya Heart Light within.
A mantra: vishoka va jyotishmati (vee-show-kah vah joe-tee-shamah-tee) a chant that lights up the inner heart and has "the same energetic effect as a large chest opener like a backbend." (Moondeva, 2020)
For this sensory 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.
You may like to color a Heart Yantra of your own as you explore this 1.36 teaching: connecting with your Heart Charka Light within your personal practice. Click here for a prinable Heart Yantra for coloring.
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 and/or
move to an asana practice.
After an Open Awareness Meditation or other practice,
lie down for Savasana. Enjoy this track, called Shanti, during the first part of your savasana:
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:
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References for Historical Content and Research Sources:
Miller-Karas, E. (2015). Building resilience to trauma: The trauma and community resiliency models. Routledge.
Moondeva. (2020). Sutra 1.36: Lotus of the Heart.
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References for Breathing:
Calais-Germain, Blandine. (2006). Anatomy of Breathing. Eastland Press, Seattle, WA. USA
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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: