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Pratyahara – Internalizing the Mind in Yoga

PRATYAHARA - INTERNALIZING THE MIND

Pratyahara or the method of internalizing the mind is the 5th step in the 8-step Ashtanga Yoga of Maharishi Patanjali. Yoga Sutras talk of Asana or postures for steadying the body and Pranayama for stabilizing and controlling the breath, mind and senses. These practices lead to a state of withdrawal of senses also known as Pratyahara which prepares the mind for practice of meditation.