July 8th Dathun Teaching:
Order of Practices:
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.27 - 1.29
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
(scroll down for details)
Today's Practice: Sacred Om
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 Eight: July 8
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
Breath 108 Inhales and 108 Exhales.
You may want to use a Mala to accompany your practice.
You could begin in another way if you wish, or do less
Sweet & Simple Breaths as inspired.
Layering the Practice, If You Like:
Feeling Sensation Possibilities
Sounding: Breath & Mantra
Om on the Exhale
Begin with the "Guru" Bead which
is usually accompanied by a tassel.
While doing the 108 Breaths, take a soft,
full inhalation (Puraka, Pooh-rah-Kah).
Enjoy the "top of the inhalation"
(called Antara Kumbhaka, On-Tar-ah Coo-mmm Bhak-ah)
When the exhale arrives naturally,
you could sound an "ooommm"
for the duration of the Rechaka (Ree-chock-ah).
Any volume, as consistent a sound as you like.
When you come to the "bottom of the exhalation"
(Bahya Kumbhaka, By-yah Coo-mmm Bhak-ah),
experience what you find there.
A sense of sweet gathering or spaciousness.
A kind of clarity. How would you describe it?
Go on to the next bead, and
Om on the Exhale
as much you like.
How do you experience the sensations
of sound and vibration?
What else do you notice?
Yoga Sutras Day Eight: July 8
For Day 8, we will take a look at 3 translations of 1.27-29: Sacred Om
Many scholars denote these 3 Sutras as the "Why We Om" teachings.
As you read the sutras, allow your jaw to soften....perhaps massage the face, TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and your forehead. Also consider relaxing your tongue into your lower jaw (the cradle of the lower teeth, if you like). Relax your throat if you like, you can massage your thyroid as well.
Breath moves with greater ease within an airway that is relaxed and spacious-feeling (as opposed to saturated with tension) (Nestor, 2020).
You may want to take a few moments with this relaxation meditation before moving into the readings.
"The expression of consciousness is the universal sound of Aum (Om). To repeat it truly in
a deep meditation, to listen to and become absorbed in OM, reveals its true meaning."
(Swami Kriyananda, 2013)
"Repeating the sacred sound (Om) manifests Divine Consciousness. When expressed with great devotion, the sacred sound reveals our true nature. By faithful repetition, the inner light luminously shines." (Devi, 2010)
"The sound demoting that Self is the eternal vibration Aum (Om), which manifests the grace of the divine presence. By constantly repeating that sacred sound with great respect and love, and reflecting upon its meaning, one attains spiritual wealth. From that practice arise attainment of inward-directed consciousness, and also the obstacles to success disappear."
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.
What is the Meaning of OM? An Article by Rachel Zelata
Going From Here:
(some options, as you like, feel free to use others as inspired):
Sit in Open Awareness Meditation for several moments.
You could journal draw some of the unfamiliar variations of
the OM symbols, allowing your creative imagination to
guide your drawing meditation.
Do several Sweet Breaths, then sequence in another pranayama
like Ujjaii or Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing).
Move to an asana practice.
After an Open Awareness Meditation, lie down for Savasana.
Take a "Savasayatra", a journey within.
(If you like, enjoy "Yoga Groove", 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 Historical Content:
Swami @ 48yahoo.com. (2014) Om in Various Scripts. https://tamilandvedas.com/2014/12/12/om-symbol-in-europe-2000-bce/
Zelaya, R. (2019). What is the Meaning of Om? Gaia. https://www.gaia.com/article/what-meaning-om.
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.
Yoga Grooves (2003). Soul Food. New Age. ITunes.
Reference for Video:
Yamauchi, Samyak. (2005). What is an Intuitive Painter? OPB.org. YouTube: