What We Do 

We are interested in how human aesthetic experiences are the same and different from experiences during and after practicing yoga. Aesthetics research focuses almost exclusively on experiences that are the result of some external stimulus like a painting. Alternatively, yoga-based research suggests that we may be able to embody experiences of beauty and awe by simply practicing yoga, and importantly without an external stimulus.

This first project is focused on physical (asana-based) yoga practices. To participate in the research, we ask that you practice physical yoga at least twice a week for the two weeks that you are reflecting and reporting. You do not need to be a yoga expert. At a later date, we plan to expand this research to collect data on non-asana practices such as seated meditation and pranayama.

Our Spring 2018 research project is closed. We will begin analyzing the data in early May, and then will share early results here as soon as possible. If you are interested in hearing about results or about future research projects,

sign-up here.

 

How to Participate in 2018

Follow these three steps to contribute to our research work. 

Visit the "Project Details" page

Head over to the "Project Details" page to learn about the pre-requisites and commitment level required to participate. 

Submit the background survey / authorization

On the "Project Details" page the link to the "Preliminary Questions" and give your authorization to participate. 

Answer and submit the Daily Reflections

After the Preliminary Questions have been submitted you will get an email with a link to a "Daily Reflection" questionnaire. You will continue to receive these "Daily Reflection" emails everyday for two weeks. 

Our Spring 2018 research project is closed.

We will begin analyzing the data in early May, and then will share early results here as soon as possible. If you are interested in hearing about results or about future research projects,

sign-up here​.

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Help us understand  the connections between contemplative experience, psychology, and aesthetic experiences.

 

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