This recording is a talk given before one of our Pranayama classes in our Borderless Online Shala 2020.
Pranayama, the Yogic breathing practices is the 4th of Patanjali´s 8 limbs of Yoga. It is said to lead the practitioner towards Pratyahara the 5th limb. Pratyahara is commonly translated as ”sense withdrawal”. However, I find this translation quite problematic. Can you really withdraw your senses?
In a time of confinement, distancing and separation I think it is especially interesting to look at the deeper meaning of a concept that seems to ask the yogi to do just that: withdraw from the world.
Thank you for listening.
With love & devotion
x Kia & Yotam
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