July 9th Dathun Teaching:
Order of Practices
1) Pranayama: 108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
2) Meditation: Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32
3) Sitting Practice to Savasana
(scroll down for details)
Today's Practice: Embodying Balance
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 Nine: July 9
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
Sama Vritti: Equanimity Breath
Begin with the "Guru" Bead which
is usually accompanied by a tassel.
While doing the 108 Breaths, allow
the inhale and exhale
to come to "equal length".
Equal is relative,
a feeling, or it could
be said that the
inbreath and outbreath
become reflections of one another.
This will happen gradually
all on its own.
The pauses between the inbreath
and outbreath could also
begin to be of equal
or near equal length.
One cycle of breath
One bead on the mala.
108 Breaths of Equanimity.
108 Breaths of Balance.
How do you experience a sensation
What else do you notice?
Yoga Sutras Day Nine: July 9
For Day 9, we will take a look at 3 translations of 1.30-1.32:
Soften before you work with the 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.
You may want to take a few moments with this relaxation meditation before moving into the readings.
The sound of AUM or OM is often said to be the sound of the breath itself. Breath. Is. OM.
"Challenges are steps you climb daily. Distractions are disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, craving, false perception, unable to reach firm ground, slipping from ground gained. These are obstacles in yoga. Symptoms that accompany imbalance are pain, sadness, anxiety, and irregular breathing. To prevent obstacles, practice with creativity, and devotion. (Bharat, 2019)
"Perception of our true nature is often obscured by physical, mental, and emotional imbalances. These imbalances can promote restlessness, uneven breathing, worry, and loss of hope. These imbalances can be prevented from engaging by developing devotion to a practice which is sacred to you." (Devi, 2010)
"Through meditation on the inner sound of AUM, one gains the power to overcome all obstacles, and to realize oneness with the Inner Self. The practice of one-pointed concentration is the best way to rise above both the obstacles and the physical and mental imbalances that accompany the obstacles."
(Swami Kriyananda, 2013)
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.
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.
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 "Inner Landscape", 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.
References for Art:
Beauregrad, Ellen. https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ellen-beauregard
Reference for Video:
Yamauchi, Samyak. (2005). What is an Intuitive Painter? OPB.org. YouTube: