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08: Ready to Research with Katja Bartsch, Part 1

Tiffany Cruikshank and Rachel Land

Today we are diving into the many reasons research is important both for clinicians and yoga teachers — and we are very happy to have Katja Bartsch back with us to do it. Katja also joined us for our recent episodes on the Placebo Effect and she focuses a lot of her energy on doing her own research and combing through the research that others are doing on the topic of yoga.

There is a lot of research currently being done that relates to the yoga world, but how do we sift through and find high-quality research? How can we analyze it and apply it to our own lives? In this episode, Katja and Tiffany talk about how to evaluate research and apply a critical lens to find high quality research. They’ll talk on the limitations of specific types of research and discuss the strengths & limitations of different types of studies. They also talk about the way that information application is evolving with time and how to make the most of the research we do by blending it with all that we’ve learned through our own experiences.

Listen in as Katja and Tiffany discuss why research is so valuable, where to look for the good stuff, and how to filter through this information with a critical eye.

“All knowledge is in flux.” – Katja Bartsch

“Blinding is so hard in yoga. And double-blinding? Don’t even think about it.” – Tiffany Cruikshank

Show Notes:

  • Why it is so important to consider research [4:04]
  • Research limitations [6:57]
  • Sources for good quality research [12:02]
  • Pros of using PubMed [13:50]
  • The importance of peer-review in articles [15:07]
  • How to know if an article has been peer reviewed [16:45]
  • What are the components of a typical study [21:17]
  • What is a case study [28:54]
  • What is a cohort study [32:04]
  • Benefits of cohort studies [36:58]
  • Important aspects of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) [38:10]
  • How to do a double-blind test [42:42]

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“I actually thought at one point about opening up a studio just so we could do research on people.” – Tiffany Cruikshank

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