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This is one of the most powerful techniques developed by Yogendraji to inculcate a spirit of vairagya, ‘letting go’. This simple technique teaches us that life goes by just as the sounds around us. These sounds represent life, its events, situations and people who come and go. We understand that they persist, acknowledge them and allow ourselves to move on without regret, analysis and judgment.
-Sit on a mat leaning against a wall with your feet apart and outstretched. Do not slouch. Let your hips be close to the wall so that your spine remains naturally erect. 
-Your hands should rest on your thighs with your palms and fingers loose and facing upwards. 
Close your eyes and passively observe the passing sounds as they come and fade away. Do not allow yourself to dwell on any sound but let it go as it fades away. Pick up on the next sound in the surrounding atmosphere. 
-If there are no sounds then you can focus on some light instrumental music but no words as words tend to develop emotions and reactions in the mind. 
-Do not get judgmental or be affected by any sound in any way. 
-Sit in this manner for 5 to 15 minutes. 

This technique, when understood and practised in its true spirit elevates us from the mundane to the extraordinary. It is excellent to develop vairagya bhava. It creates a feeling of ‘body forgetfulness’, which helps the body to heal faster. It is recommended in every sickness of body and mind and 
otherwise.

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  • Title: Nishpanda Bhava
  • Subject Keywords: USP
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: The Yoga Institute

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