From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Pratyāhāra literally means ‘withdrawal of the senses from outside towards oneself’.

Pratyāhāra is one of the eight steps of Yoga as described by Patañjali[1] in his Yogasutras.[2]


  1. He lived in 200 B. C.
  2. Yogasutras 2.29
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore