July 5th Dathun Teaching:
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.15-1.17
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
(scroll down for details)
Energetics of Consciousness & Breath
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 Five: July 5
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Feeling Sensation Possibilities
Using the Gunas Model
(Try this practice before doing
the 108 Breaths Meditation.)
Sit for several natural breaths.
Enjoy the movement of breath
and feeling of breathing.
Sattvic (Sah-t-vic) Breath:
Allow the in-breath and out-breath
to become close to equal length.
Enjoy this for several moments.
Then take several natural breaths.
Rajasic (Rah-zah-sic) Breath:
Take an inhale....the do 4-6 quick pulsing
exhalations. Then inhale fully.....exhale fully.
Repeat a few more times. This pranayama is a
variation of Kapalabhati (Ka-paul-lah-bot-tee)
Do a full inhale and exhale between rounds.
Sensate all you would like to feel in the practice.
Tamasic (Thom-moss-sic) Breath:
Feel into the "weight" of the breath as you deepen
the exhalations. A tamasic quality can be heavy,
and it can feel earthbound. Perhaps allow the exhalations
to become twice as long as the accompanying inhale.
It can be interesting to explore the difference
between Sattvic and Tamasic energy signatures
in your breath. How do they feel different?
Does one become the other after some time
in the practice?
How would you describe these sensations?
Yoga Sutras Day Five: July 5
For Day 5, we will take a look at 3 translations of 1.15-1.17:
Gunas and Consciousness
Read each one slowly, allow the meaning and feeling to "flow and soak" if you wish.
Also, read each one as if it is already happening within you, because it is there. We sometimes forget this. These are remembrances, not criticisms.
This is You remembering Yourself in your "true nature drag" as Ram Das used to say.
With constant remembrance of Self, vairagya (veer-rug-ghee-yah), all yearnings fade. When consciousness unites, it remains clear and unaffected by the external changes of nature, the gunas. This is ultimate vairagya. By cultivation of abhyasa (ahbah-yah-sah, devoted practice)) and vairagya, the intellect becomes keen, reasoning is clear, bliss is reflected to all, and outward identification unites with the Supreme Consciousness." (Devi, 2010)
"Do not cling to external things. You are beyond all mental states. You become what you focus on. Complete understanding (Samprajnata Samadhi, sahm-prah-jah-nah-tah sahmm-mahd-dee ) follows reasoning, reflection, and the experience of bliss and pure I-AM-Ness." (Bharat, 2019)
"When there is nonthirst for even the gunas, due to realization of spacious consciousness, that is supreme equanimity. Cognitive Samadhi (Samprajnata) is co-created with examination, insight, joy, and pure self-recognition (I-AM)."
For 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.
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 "Blossoming Garden", 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:
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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.
MC Yogi (2010). Shanti, Peace Out. World Records. ITunes.
Shamanic Dream (2005). Anugama. Open Sky Music. ITunes.
Wertheimer & Kadt. (2012). Worldwide. ITunes.