Definitions for "Pratyahara"
The fifth stage or limb of yoga as defined by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras and is the practice of drawing inside of oneself by training the mind to shift awareness away from the external world, resting instead on what is going on within. It is the withdrawal of the mind from the senses in order to still the mind and is an essential first step in meditation.
withdrawal (specially of senses from external objects).
withdrawal of the senses (sense-urges).