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Shinshin-tōitsu-dō (心身統一道 lit. way of mind and body unification[1]) was founded by Nakamura Tempu and is also known as Japanese Yoga. It is a study of the principles of nature and how they can be refined to help us realise the truths of nature and our full potentials.[2]


Nakamura Tempu created his Japanese Yoga from unique versions of Raja Yoga and Karma Yoga, with an emphasis on the latter, which he learned from his teacher Kaliapa (also spelled Cariapa and Kariappa) in Kangchenjunga.

Goal and means

The goal of this way of mind and body unification is the free use of our mind and bodies and realize our true nature as human beings. We must be able to use our most fundamental tools (the mind and body) naturally, effectively and in coordination of each other to artistically express ourselves in life. Three elements that are key in this process are:

  1. Training to reveal the nature of positivity.
  2. Reformation of the subconscious.
  3. Regulating and maintaining a balanced condition in the nervous system.

Principles and methods

The teachings recognise four basic principles to unify mind and body (shin shin tōitsu no yondai gensoku):

  1. Use the mind in a positive way (fudōshin resulting in "ki no dashikata" i.e. the projection of life energy).
  2. Examine the self.
  3. Analyse suggestions received from your environment.
  4. Examine your attitude towards others.
  5. Discover the present and let the worrying about the future or the past fall away.
  6. Experience the universal mind.
  7. Use the mind with full concentration.
  8. Concentrate on matters you are familiar with.
  9. Concentrate on matters you wish to accomplish in a hurry.
  10. Concentrate on matters you believe are uninteresting.
  11. Concentrate on matters you believe are of no value.
  12. Use the body naturally.
  13. Train the body gradually, systematically and continuously.
  14. According to the founder, humans need six qualities to express themselves in living.

    quality translation description
    tai-ryoku (体力) the power of the body physical strength, health and endurance
    tan-ryoku (胆力) the power of courage
    handan-ryoku (判断力) the power of decision good judgement
    danko-ryoku (断行力) the power of determination willpower for resolute and decisive action
    sei-ryoku (精力) the power of vitality energy or life power for endurance and perseverance
    nō-ryoku (能力) the power of ability the capacity of wide ranging ability and dexterous action

    Known practitioners


    1. ^ Kenkyusha's New Japanese-English Dictionary, Kenkyusha Limited, Tokyo 1991, ISBN 4-7674-2015-6
    2. ^ H.E. Davey. Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation Berkeley, USA, 2006. ISBN 1-880656-60-4

    External links

    • (Japanese) Nakamura Tempu Foundation translation
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