Treetop Yoga Therapy is a full time Private Practice in the Executive Suites of Old Town, Fort Collins. Sessions are primarily on-on-one, though small groups can be accommodated.
Ena Burrud, Certified Yoga Therapist (RYTx) and E-RYT500 (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) works individually with clients and students to address therapeutic and specialized needs. The three basic services provided include Yoga Therapy, Private Yoga and Mentorship for teachers and students.
Ena is one of only six Certified iRest® Teachers in Colorado, a protocol used by the US military for anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, PTSD and other symptoms of stress. In addition, iRest® (Integrative Restoration) is very effective within a yoga therapy session for personal inquiry, fear and blocks. The evidence-based (www.iRest.US) neurological effects are the result of laying in new neural pathways that cultivate resiliency, emotional healing and calm.
Ena Burrud - Pictured at left on Cover of Northern Colorado Medical and Wellness Magazine, July 2015.
Yoga therapy is a complementary approach which utilizes cross-referral relationships with other medical and mental health providers in town. Treetop continues to nurture the networks which help bridge the gap between eastern and western paradigms of health. 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.
Sessions may include (but not limited to) adaptive physical postures (asana), specific breathing exercises (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.
You may audio/video record your practice. Hand-drawn sessions are created for a home personal practice. Five session commitments are the recommended start to implement techniques successfully.
Unlike other complementary and important modalities like chiropractic, acupuncture, 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. 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 into a group class or at home.
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 plus two retreat formats. Only graduation of Level 3 confers the designation of "Certified iRest Teacher". See more at www.iRest.us.