Research with Lara Benusis I

1:26 Lara Benusis Introduction - Has been teaching yoga since 1996. Was recruited by Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer center as a yoga teacher and researcher. 

6:15 Takes years to understand research and design of research. Quantitative research is data driven - reduces to numbers. Qualitative research is telling the story. Yoga teachers are qualitative researchers as they note what is happening with the body, during movement, breath and meditation. 

9:21 Yoga research vs. generic research. Questions about yoga can sometimes be answered with other kinds of movement or rehabilitation research(e.g., exercise oncology).

Research is reductive; can only at this time measure or describe the components (movement, breathing, meditation) of yoga, not the whole yoga experience.

First step in research is literature review to see what has already been done in yoga and other complementary areas asking similar questions.  Don't want to replicate completed research.

16:36 Differences between the Western and Eastern approach to yoga research. Data driven vs. experiential. Karen Sherman was the first significant (Western) researcher to research yoga's benefits. Her study was about back pain and compared yoga intervention to standard treatment at the time. Put yoga on the evidence-based map. 

Research pushes the conversation forward, but can't answer all of the questions. Parts of yoga will be missed because of the reductive nature of research. But different research projects can help shine a light on different aspects of yoga.