One difference that is described between pravritti and nivritti is that when yogis are in a state of pravritti they are constantly seeking perfection in the details of actions. They may always try to improve what they are doing and the situation they are in. In nivrtti, there is an acceptance that all is already perfect. In this way, pravritti is acting and nivritti is being.
Some yogis describe pravritti in a negative way, seeing it as an experience of constant suffering, misunderstanding and pain, as opposed to nirvritti, which brings peace and fulfillment. Others, however, see a balance between both pravritti and nivritti as being necessary in life. They suggest that pravritti is the social action, while nivritti is the inward contemplation, and that this dual dharma is necessary to enable the spiritual development and welfare of all beings. They suggest that once a yogi has taken a path of nivritti and has established him/herself in peace and contentment, then he/she can return to the action of pravritti with greater awareness and enthusiasm.