From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pratyahara, PratyAhAra, Pratyaahaara

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