July 7th Dathun Teaching:
Order of Practices:
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.22 - 1.25
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
(scroll down for details)
Today's Practice: Even Flow
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 Seven: July 7
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Feeling Sensation Possibilities
Expanding / Condensing
While doing the 108 Breaths, when you inhale, say gently to yourself
stay at the "top of the inhalation" and experience
Allow the accompanying exhale to arrive naturally.
As you exhale, say gently to yourself
when you come to the "bottom of the exhalation"
experience a sense of sweet gathering, or condensing.
Go on to the next bead, and expand/condense as you like.
Are there other words you would use to describe the sensations?
What else do you notice?
Yoga Sutras Day Seven: July 7
For Day 7, we will take a look at 2 translations of 1.22-25: Even Flow
Read each one slowly, allow the meaning and feeling to support a peaceful presence.
This is already within you; the sutras unveil what is already present. Enjoy!
"To the keen and intent practitioner, this Samadhi comes very quickly. The time necessary for success further depends on whether the practice is mild, medium, or intense. Or, Samadhi is attained by devotion with dedication. Pure Consciousness in equanimity. Pure Consciousess is free and vast." (Swami Satchidananda, 2005)
"Spiritual Consciousness develops in direct proportion to one's dedication. Boundless love and devotion unite us with the Divine Consciousness. The Divine Consciousness is self-effulgent, like the sun. The Divine Consciousness is the essence of all knowledge, wisdom, and love." (Devi, 2010)
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.
Art as Journaling: In the Flow of Imagination & Personal Meaning
Perhaps try an Art Expression for your Contemplative Journaling of today's sutras.
Cathy Malachiodi's The Soul's Palette offers instruction for how to use imagination and art in exploring the consciousness of the Sutras. It's lovely!
Bringing Imagination into your Journaling: Vikalpah as Medium
1) Befriend (quiet) the mind as you would for meditation.
2) Allow images to enter your field of attention. Focus on them, yet allow them to pass through you. This balance between useful relaxation and intention needed to attend the images can require practice and patience.
3) After some time with the flow of images, record what you perceived in writing or in an art medium, to give form to the experience of "image watching".
4) Reflect on the messages you received from the experience.
What is Intuitive Painting?
After retiring from her career as a schoolteacher, Portland, Oregon artist Samyak Yamauchi developed a passion for intuitive painting.
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 "Wind Bells", 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.
Malchiodi, C. (2002). The Soul's Palette: Drawing on Art's Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being. Shambhala Publications. Boston, MA. USA.
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.
Reference for Video:
Yamauchi, Samyak. (2005). What is an Intuitive Painter? OPB.org. YouTube: