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 has just finished Level 3 Certification with Richard Miller, PhD. and is awaiting the Graduate designation. Ena is a Provider and Vendor for the Cheyenne, WY and Fort Collins, CO Veterans Affairs and will begin accepting Medicaid for this demographic in Fall of 2014.
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 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 coinditions and PTSD (with iRest® yoga nidra). Treetop is networked with other local providers.
Ena has recently been chosen with 18 other yoga therapists nationwide and in the UK to co-research the effects of breathing exercises (pranayam) on mental health. She has also been hired with two other US yoga therapists by CSU, with a grant from NIH, to study yoga therapy for traumatic brain injury.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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. It is important for the student to research the teacher when there is a therapeutic need.
- 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. 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. Continuing education is a requirement.