July 6th Dathun Teaching:
Order of Practices:
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.18-21
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
(scroll down for details)
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 Six: July 6
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Feeling Sensation Possibilities
Gentle 360 Degree Breath
Loosely tie a Thera-band or place a strap
or scarf, whatever you have around the bottom of the rib-cage.
As you practice the 108 Simple-Sweet Breaths,
feel the information the Thera-band or
strap is giving you about your breath & rib movements:
How does the breath feel in the back-body?
In the front-body?
On what side is the breath most easily felt?
If you like, co-create with the breath
and emphasize sensation in places
that are not easy to feel.
It can be lovely to feel how your rib "cage" maybe
more like a "basket", and...
there is a right side,
and a left side
to your rib "basket".
Do the two sides breath equally?
Does one side breath more deeply
What else do you notice?
Yoga Sutras Day Six: July 6
For Day 6, we will take a look at 3 translations of 1.18-1.21:
Read each one slowly, allow the meaning and feeling to "breathe" you ,and inspire you:
"Regular immersion in contemplation with a friendly approach to your mind brings contemplation in which spaciousness and kindness subsists. This state is innate for those who have a body-mind consciousness and those who seek to understand cellular consciousness. Practice engenders energy that inspires memory, allowing concentration on wisdom. For those who practice immersive contemplation, devotion will see you through."
"With continued awareness, we identify only with the pure consciousness residing in the heart. Through identification with pure consciousness, the physical world can be transcended. The identification is enhanced by devotion, dynamism, intention, reflection, and perception. To the dedicated and devoted, the Divine Heart Truth is revealed."
"With regular practice, the residue of the mind has little impact. Knowledge that arises from dimensional experience (cellular, DNA, current experiences) becomes merged with nature (body). This absorption happens by faith, vigor, and mindfulness that is always concerned with the wisdom of Oneness."
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.
(If you like, enjoy "Mystical Trance", 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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Bouanchaud, Benard. (1997). The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjail. Sri Satguru Publications. Delhi, India.
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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.