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Day: October 28, 2021

02: The Placebo Effect with Katja Bartsch, Part 1

This episode is the first part of the conversation with Tiffany Cruikshank and Katja Barsch on the Placebo Effect and how it relates to yoga.

Katja is a Yoga Medicine instructor and a researcher with a focus on fascia. She runs anatomy and fascia physiology yoga teacher trainings around Europe and contributes research roundups to several Yoga Medicine trainings. She is currently working on her PhD under the skillful guidance of Dr. Robert Schleip and is a Board-Certified Structural Integration Practitioner (BCSI; ATSI) trained by Tom Myers and his Anatomy Trains school. We are honored to have her researchers eye for our research focused episodes.

Together, we dive into the history of the Placebo Effect, how it can be used for the treatment of pain and chronic pain, and how that relates to its function in yoga classes. We also discuss how the Placebo Effect relates to expectation and why, as teachers, our words matter so much.

Listen and learn about some possible positive effects that the Placebo Effect can have, how genetics affect the Placebo Effect, and how to use the Placebo Effect in yoga.

“We don’t realize that listening is actually serving a therapeutic role.” – Tiffany Cruikshank

“Receiving placebos can generally change your pain pathways.” – Katja Bartsch

Show Notes:

  • What is a placebo [0:45]
  • What is the Placebo Effect [2:00]
  • What are some possible positive effects that the Placebo Effect can have [3:45]
  • What is the Nocebo Effect [4:45]
  • What is the history of the Placebo Effect [6:45]
  • How to use the Placebo Effect in yoga [14:00]
  • How is the Placebo Effect used in medicine [16:00]
  • Which external factors can effect a placebo study [17:00]
  • What are open placebos used for [19:00]
  • How do genetics affect the Placebo Effect [32:30]

Links Mentioned:

“Because it’s actually happening in the brain, why not go right there?” – Tiffany Cruikshank

01: Welcome to the Yoga Medicine Podcast!

Welcome to the very first episode of Yoga Medicine! In this inaugural episode, Tiffany Cruikshank and Rachel Land discuss why they started this journey together, what to expect from the Yoga Medicine podcast, and how to get the most out of your yoga practice and your life. Both women train yoga teachers to really understand the body and, with this podcast, they hope to dive deeper into topics that you can’t cover in a traditional yoga class. This podcast is really about the intersection of science and research with traditional practices and our personal experiences.

“I think of this as learning the owner’s manual to your body.” – Tiffany Cruikshank

“The most important piece of equipment to bring is just your capacity to pay attention.” – Rachel Land

Show Notes:

  • What to expect from the Yoga Medicine podcast [1:00]
  • Our mission and who this podcast is for [2:00]
  • Some benefits & perks of yoga [7:30]
  • Preview of what’s to come [9:45]
  • What are our plans for the Yoga Medicine Podcast [15:30]
  • How often Yoga Medicine will air [16:30]

Links Mentioned:

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“I really love the blend of head and heart.” – Rachel Land

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