July 1st Dathun Teaching:
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.1-1.2
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 One: July 1
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 "Adagio" by Davison
is about 14 minutes in length. This is a little over half the time
of the 108 Breaths Meditation, and leaves some quiet
for the last several breaths.)
Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Feeling Sensation Possibilities
Breath ripples up your vertebral column on inhale....and down the vertebral column on exhale. See you if can track this from spinal end point to end point within the breath cycles. (Oshins, 2020; Farhi, 1996)
Yoga Sutras Day One: July 1
The first two Yoga Sutras are often thought of as the essence of yoga itself.
For Day 1, we will take a look at 3 translations of 1.1-1.2:
(This one is often not given due significance; it may be interesting to take time to feel yourself prepare for yoga; what softens, what energizes....does "mind" prepare differently from the "body" in focusing to receive the teachings?)
"Now yoga is explained." (Bharat, 2019)
"With an open heart and mind, we embrace the study of yoga." (Devi, 2010)
"Now come the teachings of yoga." (Satchidananda, 1978)
(The Existential Reason for Yoga, perhaps)
"Yoga is a uniting of consciousness in the heart." (Devi, 2010)
"Keeping the mind calm and focused is the essence of yoga." (Bharat, 2019)
"Yoga is the ability to direct and focus mental activity." (Bouanchaud, 1997)
For both of 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. Or move to 1.2.)
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.
From Here (options, as you like, feel free to use others):
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.
Music for a 11 minute Savasana: Mystical Trance by Shamanic Dreams
Take a "Savasayatra" (Savasana with a Body Scan Method preceding).
Then a Closing and Release the Practice to the Benefit of All Beings.
Thank you for Dathun-ing!
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.
Shamanic Dream (2005). Anugama. Open Sky Music. ITunes.