Treetop Yoga Therapy is the premier yoga therapy private practice in Fort Collins and is located in Historic Old Town in Old Town Executive Suites.
Resident Certified Yoga Therapist, Ena Burrud, E-RYT500 (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) works one-on-one addressing various therapeutic and individualized needs. Services include Yoga Therapy with iRest®, Private Yoga and Teacher Mentorship. Ena is one of only four Certified (Final Level 3) iRest ® Teachers in Colorado, a protocol used by the US military for PTSD, but clinically proven in anxiety, insomnia and other applications. Ena is a Vendor for the Cheyenne, WY and Fort Collins, CO Veterans Affairs and works in conjunction with the City of Fort Collins, grant-supported by the Department of Defense in non-VA affiliations. Her local networks allow the greatest complementary approach for veterans and other referred clients whose providers assess the need for mind/body practices.
Yoga Therapy sessions may include (but not limited to) adaptive physical postures (asana), specific breathing excercises (pranayam), meditation (various forms), lifestyle coaching and spiritual guidance, applied yoga psychology and yoga philosophy. All practices are customized with respect to faith and culture; typical yoga language and some practices are not introduced to those who feel uncomfortable in settings like yoga studios. Feel free to audio record these practices. Many clients benefit from pictures or videos taken of specific pose modifications in their sessions. Hand-drawn home sessions are created for personal practice. Five session commitments are the recommended start to implement techniques successfully.
Unlike other complementary and important modalities like chiropractic, accupuncture, massage, Rolfing and the like, yoga therapy is for those who are looking to add an individualized practice that they can do on their own at home. Ena works closely with clients and students, but the best results come from a regular practice. Ideally, in therapeutic cases, yoga therapy gives you tools that you then carry back with you into a group class or at home.
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 and quarterly journals. Treetop utilizes mind-body training for anxiety, depression, pain mangement, rehab, chronic conditions and PTSD (with iRest® yoga nidra). Treetop is networked with other local providers like Larimer County department of Human Resources, Project Self-Sufficiency, regional chapters of the VA, psychotherapists and doctors in Fort Collins and neighboring cities.
Ena has recently been chosen with two other US yoga therapists by CSU, with a grant from NIH, to study yoga therapy for traumatic brain injury and is presently awaiting the status of that funding.
Treetop Yoga Therapy serves Fort Collins, Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Estes Park, Longmont, Wellington, Boulder, Denver and surrounding areas such as Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Typical Questions about the work of Yoga Therapy:
- How does Certified Yoga Therapy differ from group yoga classes? Yoga Therapists receive specific training beyond yoga teacher trainings. Accredited schools require study time with doctors, physical therapists, nurses, psychotherapists and other disciplines plus supervised internships with clients/patients. Ayurveda and an understanding of source texts and philosophy is often integral to the approach. It is now a Masters Program at Loyola Marymount in LA and Maryland University of Integrative Health. It is important to ask a yoga therapist how many hours they have taught. Newest standards require a teacher has taught at least 100 as a teacher before entering a program in yoga therapy. Clinical work and hours taught are acquired in a training as well.
- 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 on PubMed and the IAYT site.
- What is iRest® and its training? iRest is short for Integrative Restoration and is a protocol developed from traditional Yoga Nidra to address the needs of those in the military. It was renamed so the military had a more palatable, relatable language for the protocol. The training is broken into Level 1 and Level 2 week long formats after each, a teacher is designated "teacher in training". These trainings typically include psychotherapists, military personnel and yoga teachers and therapists. The final Level 3 training is under the supervision of a mentor and given two years to complete. The hours total 70 contact and 300+ non-contact on average. Only graduation of Level 3 confers the designation of "Certified iRest Teacher". See more at www.iRest.us.