People currently use traditional meditation techniques to relax and release stress, but some either feel like it's daunting or just can’t afford to take the classes to learn these techniques.
‘Namastay’ takes inspiration from experiential spaces, mindfulness-based art therapy and Somaesthetic principles of experiencing, to evoke a sense of calmness and release.
It is a tool which assists the user in training themselves emotionally through MBAT (mindfulness-based art therapy) in the form of 3D interactive environments, guided visual/ auditory mantras, breathing exercises and self-reflection.
The ‘no-UI’ minimalist style, animation, sound and speech allows people to express themselves and evoke spiritual, emotional and mental awareness without judgement, so that toxic thinking can be expelled and reflected upon.
Namastay focuses on changing the way people
feel about doing therapy by guiding users through meditation or therapy.
Using a more seamless and guided approach is what
makes this app different.
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It was learned that what was currently on the market was not suitable for most people and the market was saturated with apps that TOLD people to meditate.
Namastay uses micro-interactions to stimulate users senses and guide people towards feeling better about the nuances of life.
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User speaking into Namastay and reflecting on her thoughts.
Reflection - App screen.
Breathing & Meditation - App Screen.
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Haptic Touch Tree Relief - App Screen.
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Wireframe Prototype sketching of the App.
Research Synthesis - Research was done by interviewing psychologist and mindfulness professionals throughout Ireland.
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User Journey map - showing users experience throughout a week using the app.