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Research Paper - Limited Access

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In this study, I analyzed different religious and spiritual identities and the effect they have on people experiences practicing yoga or meditation. I found that participants’ religious identities largely determined the nature of their experiences. Religious participants have religious and spiritual experiences, spiritual, but not religious participants have spiritual experiences, and secular participants have secular experiences. Religious and spiritual, but not religious participants often integrate meditation and yoga into their identities and view them as religious or spiritual practices. Despite identifying differently, the religious and spiritual, but not religious groups shared many similar beliefs and experiences.

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Hamilton Sponsoring Organization

Levitt Public Affairs Center

Hamilton Scholarship Series

Levitt Summer Research Fellowship

Hamilton Faculty Advisor

Jaime Kucinskas