Prana is the energetic potential that imbues us with life. We cultivate awareness and control of this life force through the practice of pranayama, control of the breath, which eventually culminates in the practice of pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses from the external world. In this eighth session (sutras 2:49–2:55) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores the purpose and stages of pranayama and pratyahara, the fourth and fifth limbs of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga. Discover how practicing them systematically leads us into meditation and the unveiling of our inmost self.
Reading material for this session can be found in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada.