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 with iRest®, Private Yoga and Teacher Mentorship. Ena is one of only four Certified iRest ® teachers in Colorado, a protocol used by the US military for PTSD, anxiety and abuse. Ena is a Provider/Vendor for the Cheyenne, WY and Fort Collins, CO Veterans Affairs and will begin accepting Medicare for this demographic in Fall of 2014.
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. Feel free to audio record these practices. Many clients request that pictures be taken of them in specific pose modifications, as well. 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.
Ena has recently been chosen with 18 other yoga therapists nationwide 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. She presently works with the city of Fort Collins Adaptive Recreation Opportunities on a grant from the Paralympic Committee (a division of the US Olympics) providing vets from Fort Collins and Cheyenne free six week series of iRest®. Ena works with the Dept of Human Resources Legal Division and Project Self-Sufficiency offering both groups sliding scale services.
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. It is now a Masters Program at Loyola Marymount in LA and Maryland University of Integrative Health.
- 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.