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.