03: The Placebo Effect with Katja Bartsch, Part 2

Today we are continuing our discussion on the Placebo Effect. In the first half we talked about what the Placebo Effect is, why it is so important, and how it applies to the work we do. In this episode we dive into the many ways that placebo effects relate to lifestyle, movement, and yoga.

In this episode, you’ll learn how your mindset affects your relationship to exercise, why meditation is the groundwork for what yoga teachers do, why our language matters and why exercise you enjoy is so important.

“Your mindset you have about stress, food, and exercise can also create expectations and those placebo effects.” – Katja Bartsch


“If we do have stress, how do we cope with that and how does that lead into a certain expectation that we have about a certain situation?” – Katja Bartsch

Show Notes:

  • How does stress & mindset influence the immune system [2:00]
  • Is yoga a cure all? [4:00]
  • How does your support system affect healing [5:25]
  • How does marketing affect your relationship with exercise & food [8:20]
  • Importance of exercise you enjoy [16:18]
  • Belief in self & influences capacity [23:08]
  • How our expectations shape us & the Rosenthal Effect [26:50]
  • How expectations influence our teaching [28:50]
  • Limitations of the Placebo Effect [32:00]
  • Harnessing the power of the mind & our intention [35:02]

Links Mentioned:

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“How can I feed myself to feel good instead of depriving myself?” – Tiffany Cruikshank

One thought on “03: The Placebo Effect with Katja Bartsch, Part 2

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    Wendy says:

    Despite our faith in pills and the efficacy of medical science, there is loads of peer-reviewed evidence that suggests many antidepressants (as well as many other pharmaceuticals) function as placebos! And much of this research is conducted by the drug makers themselves. I’m not going to delve into these studies, they are easily found through a few taps of the fingers and search engines. My point is that placebos harness the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and expectations of the individuals thereby triggering bio-chemical responses in our bodies that lead to improved function, even healing. As summarized by Randy Baker (net-boss.org/the-power-of-the-placebo-effect-by-randy-baker), that “people who practice yoga should really manifest better moods through dancing and naps so that they can get off their inauthentic anti-depressant medications”.

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