July 3rd Dathun Teaching:
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.5-1.11: The Vrittis
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
This practice will touch upon ways to relate to the movements of consciousness.
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 Three: July 3
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 "Shanti" by MC Yogi
is about 8 minutes in length.
You could play it through twice 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
Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Feeling Sensation Possibilities
Using a Head Wrap with the 108 Breaths
Yoga Sutras Day Three: July 3
For Day 3, we will take a look at 3 translations of 1.5-1.11: The Vrittis
Translations take a diverse view of the causation of the turnings of
consciousness. Some Vrittis can be pleasurable and others painful;
and some translations teach there really is no difference between the two.
Read each one slowly, allow the meaning and feeling to "flow and soak" if you wish:
"There are 5 types of mental modifications, which are either painful or painless.
The mental modifications are right knowledge, wrong knowledge, imagination,
sleep, and memory. Sources of right knowledge are direct perception, inference, and reliable testimony. Wrong knowledge comes from a false understanding of what is real. Imagination comes from words that have no connection to reality. Dreamless sleep is a state of mind in which there is no perception. Memory is holding on to objects perceived. " (Bharat, 2019)
"Diving into 5, these rays of consciousness polarize as pleasant or unpleasant. The rays manifest as knowledge, misunderstanding, imagination, deep sleep, and memory. Knowledge embraces personal experience, inference, and insights from the wise. Misunderstanding comes when perception is unclear or tinted Imagination is kindled by hearing words, seeing images, or experiencing feelings. Deep Sleep allows us to withdraw from conscious awareness. Memory is when a previous experience returns to conscious awareness." (Devi, 2010)
"The 5 mental activities are: understanding, error, imagination, deep sleep, and memory. Understanding arises from sensory perception, inference, and faithful testimony. Error is incorrect knowledge based on misinterpretation of reality. Imagination is knowledge based on words that have no real, corresponding object. Deep Sleep is a state of unconscious mental activity in which the four other mental activities are eclipsed. Memory retains living experience." (Bouanchaud, 1997)
(Are there other ways you experience the Vrittis? What does your favorite translation say about this?)
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.
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 "Tabla Breath", 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.