Ashley P. Howard, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology


Ash is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at the University of Windsor. Her research focuses on the interplay between the body and the mind following regular Ashtanga yoga practice. For her master's thesis, Ash conducted a rigorously controlled feasibility/pilot study to assess potential biological mechanisms underlying the reported psychological benefits of Ashtanga yoga. She obtained successful feasibility outcomes, and the results identified distinct correlations between changes in autonomic function and improvements in internalizing symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety). Ash is currently preparing to conduct a large RCT to establish further the mechanisms of action through which Ashtanga yoga confers beneficial effects on well-being.

Josée L. Jarry, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Associate Professor, Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher


Dr. Jarry is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor. She has completed two studies of Ashtanga yoga to date. An initial published study demonstrated the effectiveness of Ashtanga for enhancing psychological well-being (e.g., depression, anxiety, perceived stress). Results were then replicated in a subsequent randomised controlled trial presently under revision.

Cheri L. McGowan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Dr. McGowan is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor. She has conducted and published numerous exercise training studies, including Qigong – an ancient eastern practice with a similar philosophy to Ashtanga aimed at cultivating internal energy through physical exercise. She has also conducted numerous systematic investigations, in clinical and non-clinical populations, designed to better understand cardiac and nervous system dysfunction, its pathophysiological effects and the role of therapeutic interventions.

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