Treetop Yoga Therapy is the first yoga therapy private practice in Fort Collins. Our beautiful office is located in Historic Old Town in the Old Town Executive Suites.
Resident Certified Yoga Therapist, Ena Burrud, E-RYT500 works one-on-one addressing specific therapeutic and individualized needs. Services include Yoga Therapy, Private Yoga and Teacher Mentorship. Ena is also one of Colorado's three trained Level 2 iRest ® facilitators, a protocol used by the US military for PTSD, anxiety and abuse. She is finishing up the final Level 3 Certification process with Richard Miller, PhD.
Yoga Therapy sessions may include adaptive physical postures (asana), specific breathing excercises (pranayam), meditation (various forms), applied yoga psychology and yoga philosophy. All practices are customized with respect to faith and culture. Feel free to audio record these practices. Hand-drawn home sessions are created for personal practice. Five sessions are the recommended start to implement techniques successfully.
Yoga Therapy integrates ancient healing practices of yoga and Ayurveda with modern medical findings. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) publishes results of clinical studies on PubMed and their own site. Treetop utilizes mind-body training for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, injury or surgery rehab and PTSD (with iRest® yoga nidra). Treetop is networked with other local providers when referrals to other disciplines are suggested. Ena has recently been chosen with 18 other yoga therapists nationwide and in the UK to co-research the clinical effects of breathing exercises (pranayam) on mental health.
Treetop Yoga Therapy serves Fort Collins, Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Estes Park, Longmont, Wellington and surrounding areas such as Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Typical Questions about Yoga Therapy:
- How does Certified Yoga Therapy differ from yoga at the studio? Yoga Therapists receive specific training beyond yoga teacher trainings. Yoga Therapy programs require study time with doctors, physical therapists, nurses, psychotherapists and other disciplines as well as supervised internships with clients or patients. Ayurveda is often integral to the approach as well as extensive knowledge of original yogic texts.
- Is there a governing body which oversees uniform standards in this field? Yes, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, or IAYT, regulates the field. Studies to measure medical and mental health efficacy with yoga practices are heavily funded and published regularly. Some of these are internally supported, others are independent studies reporting to IAYT.
- Training hours matter, but what should I look for in teaching experience? Yoga Alliance presently delineates a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200 or 500 hour level. The next step is to have taught 1000 hours and 2000 hours (respectively) after training to receive the Experienced designation (E). Yoga Therapists study additional hours for a Yoga Therapy Certificate. Yoga Therapists have typically taught many group classes in addition to private internship with their certifying school, but it is still important to ask. Experienced teaching sharpens the customized approach created by that therapist.
- What does the future look like for this field? This year, 2014, all Yoga Therapy Schools will be required to provide at least 800 hours of training completed within a minimum 2 years. Subjects covered include the above mentioned specializations as well as business strategy, common measures and diagnostics, HIPAA compliance and insurance billing, ethics and trust building skills. Each school will have its own flavor such as more or less modern psychology or spiritual development emphasis. By 2015, all grandparenting guidelines will be in place for those whose work pioneered the field, but may need to meet new standards. Continuing education is a requirement.