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Pratyahara (Jing Wei)


Pratyahara is described by the theory manual as ‘withdrawal of the senses from objects and subjects and moving consciousness inwards’.

I think this long phrase is best explained with an illustration.

Say a bee stings me. If I don’t practice pratyahara, my reaction would be to scream and run. But by practising pratyahara, I take control over my natural reaction, and instead consciously choose how to respond – so instead of screaming and running, I may choose to admire the bee for its bravery.