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The Psychophysical Lab

Yoga Practice and the Mind-Body Problem

A new book by Ohad Nachtomy & Eyal Shifroni

In this book, a philosopher and a senior yoga teacher argue that the practice of yoga offers something that Western medicine, as well as most other forms of physical exercise, does not: it offers a method that engages both mental and physical capacities, such that the one can be used to train and improve the other. In doing so, the authors draw on an Aristotelian conception of human nature as a psychophysical unity endowed with various capacities.

The book establishes a practical framework, the ‘Psychophysical Lab‘, as a means of observing, studying and developing the relations between the mental and physical aspects of human nature through yoga practice (chapter 1); it shows how yoga practice can foster a mutual development of our mental and physical faculties (chapter 2); and offers a philosophical and historical analysis of the mind–body problem – its origin, development, and possible solution (chapter 3). The final chapter adds practice sequences with marked mental benefits, such as confidence, balance, and optimism. The book is unique in offering a comprehensive framework – both practical and theoretical – for investigating and developing our human nature as a psychophysical unity.


Yoga is a light, which once lit can never fade out.
The more you practice, the brighter the flame that burns within you. B.K.S. Iyengar

Eyal Shifroni is a senior Iyengar Yoga teacher practicing since 1978 and teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1985. Eyal directs the “Iyengar Yoga Center of Zichron-Ya’akov” in Israel and conducts Yoga workshops in Israel and around the world.

Eyal published the book: A Chair for Yoga – A complete guide to Iyengar Yoga practice with a chair and the series of books: Props for YogaVol I – Standing Asanas; Vol II – Sitting Asanas and Forward Extensoions and Vol III – Inverted Aasanas. All of these available in our Shop.

Eyal wrote many articles about the practice and the philosophy of Yoga, and translated two of B.K.S. Iyengar’s books to Hebrew (The Tree of Yoga & Light on Pranayama).

The practice of yoga is unique (Read why here) . Every person, regardless of their age and health can enjoy and benefit from the practice of yoga.

Iyengar Yoga is known for its precision and its attention to detail in asana implementation. Proved as a powerful method for achieving wellness and creating positive mental change, it enables greater peace, concentration and joy. Iyengar Yoga is one of the most practiced methods in the world today. At his advanced age, Mr. Iyengar, is still active and full of life, practicing yoga every day for a few hours. He is also the director of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, guiding teachers and students and participating in the groups. More about Iyengar Yoga …

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