Exploring Evidence-Based Yoga Research

What Constitutes Good Yoga Therapy Research?

Online Course for Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, Health Professionals, and Students

Taught by Julie K. Staples, Ph.D.


Finding and understanding research can be a daunting task. Have you ever wanted to look at the medical literature on yoga therapy and were not sure where to start or how to evaluate the studies? This course will show you how.
In this course you will:
  •  Discover how to find research studies on yoga in PubMed using the best search strategies
  •  Learn how to evaluate the quality of research
  • Identify evidence-based approaches to apply to your yoga therapy practice and teaching
This course is offered in four 2 hour online sessions. The sessions will be recorded so if you cannot attend live online, you may listen to the recording at a time that works best for you.
This course will be offered as part of the International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Professional Training but it is applicable to all forms of yoga therapy and open to everyone.
Note: if you are more interested in learning about the research studies on yoga and less interested in learning how to find and understand studies, please check out the How Yoga Works course.
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In these sessions we will cover the following topics:
Session 1
Overview of Research
The scientific method
Types of studies (Hierarchy of Evidence)

Study Design and Quality
Elements of a research paper
Assessing quality of research
Reliability and validity
Types of bias in randomized controlled studies
Types of randomization
Systematic review quality
Session 2
How to Search the Scientific Literature
Formulating the question/purpose
Setting up a search strategy
Searching PubMed database
Finding and identifying useful studies
Acquiring studies
Session 3
Basic Concepts of Statistics
How data is presented
Steps in statistical hypothesis testing
Introduction of statistical terms
Clinical vs statistical significance
Types of statistical tests
Session 4
Qualitative Research
Compared to quantitative research
Methodology used in qualitative research
Evaluating papers that describe qualitative research
Regulatory Requirements
Protection of human subjects
Institutional Review Boards
Special Considerations for Yoga Research
Limitations and Bias in Yoga Research
Essential Properties of Yoga Questionnaire
Yoga Research in India
2 hr Sessions on Wednesdays-July 5, 12, 19 and 26th 9:00 AM Pacific/12:00 PM Eastern
Certificate/Continuing Education Information:
Certificate of participation/continuing education credit requires the following:
1. Attending the 4  live course sessions OR Listening to the 4 recorded session presentations
AND 2. completing the literature search homework assignment
Approved for 9.6 contact hours for nurses as required by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider # CEP13960; and for 8.0 Continuing Education Units for International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA).
Cost:  Early Bird through June 30, 2017 $158; After June 30 full cost is $197
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“Research Demystified”

As an educator bringing yoga into public schools, I wanted to understand the yoga research so that I could have the language I needed to talk with administrators. This course demystified research so that I can now speak about it. It also gave me the skills to find the research I need without feeling overwhelmed. Julie explains the basics with ease and teaches the course in an engaging manner.

Sat Nam Kaur Khalsa, M.Ed. Educator, Yoga Teacher, and Founder of Learning from the Heart Millbury, MA

“Given me the skills to present solid evidence to medical professionals.”

As a yoga teacher and yoga therapist in an academic medical center, my goals are to provide my clients with evidence-based practices and enable clinicians to make confident patient referrals to my classes.  Julie’s lively teaching style warmly invites you in to what seems like a daunting topic, and makes it really interesting. Learning how to search the scientific literature has given me the skills to confidently approach any topic and present solid evidence in presentations to medical and scientific professionals.  Clinicians and researchers are increasingly interested in yoga and like to know that, as a teacher, I can speak their language and understand their concerns.  As part of my Kundalini Yoga Therapy training, Julie’s courses have been enjoyable and invaluable in helping me professionally.

Dan Coma, RYT Yoga Teacher at Penn State Hershey Medical Center Hershey, PA