How can we make good use this time of crisis and home confinement? However difficult, this time actually presents an opportunity to deepen and enrich our practice.
Our book The Psychophysical Lab – Yoga Practice and the Mind-Body Problem (in Spanish) offers a unique way to enrich and deepen our practice. The book (by Prof. Ohad Nachtomy & Eyal Shifroni) is an innovative endeavor to bring together a central philosophical problem concerning the relations between the body and the mind, with the practice of yoga.
We draw from our own yoga practice experience and from Aristotle’s approach about human nature, and suggest an alternative to Descartes’s dualistic approach to mind-body relations. Specifically, we argue that the human being is a unified entity, having psychophysical capabilities, some of which our more bodily in nature, while others are more mental – but all of them require the whole human being.
The book surveys philosophical approaches to the Mind-Body Problem, starting from Plato and until modern times; discusses psychophysical capabilities that can be developed by a mindful yoga practice; and suggest practice sequences that have strong mental bearings.