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Pratyahara, the 5th limb of yoga once more the star, is often translated as sensory withdrawal, but pratyahara isn’t about turning the senses off; it’s about turning the senses inward. It’s much easier to move towards something exciting and interesting than to try and stay away from the enticing world around us. Welcome to the episode that concludes the 2nd pada of Patanjali#s yoga sutras, the conclusion of Sadhana pada.
Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb of the Yoga Ashtangha path prescribed by patanjali is also another continuing Step Toward Meditation
Wondering what all the stillness is about at the beginning and end of your yoga class?
You’re actually practicing the first step toward meditation: turning your attention within. This is called Pratyahara (or withdrawal of the senses) in the Yoga Sutras.
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One translation of the Yoga Sutras describes the practice of Pratyahara as follows:
“The restraint of the senses occurs when the mind is able to remain in its chosen direction and the senses disregard the different objects around them to faithfully follow the direction of the mind. Then the senses are mastered.” (Yoga Sutras 2.54 – 2.55 as translated by T.K.V. Desikachar)
We find ourselves aware of our breath, heartbeat, mood, and thoughts. Some yoga teachers refer to these crucial moments as “centering.” We make a decision to restrain ourselves from looking around, from trying to make sense of what we hear, from tasting, smelling, and from moving about.
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