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Ena Burrud, E-RYT 500
Certified Yoga Therapist

Yoga Alliance
International Association of Yoga Therapists
Yoga Teachers of Colorado
Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association
Associate Executive Director: Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda in Boulder

Level II iRest (Yoga Nidra) Facilitator

Having spent years training with amazing teachers in Los Angeles and Orange County, Ena taught for 5 years at the renowned Yoga Works in Orange County. Desiring to raise her children near family, she moved to Colorado in 2006. She co-founded with her sister, Treetop Yoga, a studio for yoga and the arts. Her sister left to raise her children in the first year, and Ena successfully managed the studio until 2011, when she sold the space to a Shambhava Affiliate studio and opened her professional Private Practice.

A yoga practitioner for over 16 years, and over 10,000 hours of teaching, Ena's certificates include:

~200 hour initial training one-on-one in the White Lotus tradition taught by Diane Harman;  

~CLASSICAL ASTANGA YOGA with Erich Schiffman;

~YOGA STUDIES 100 hour program at UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount in LA;

~500 hour certificate with Yoga Alliance;

~CLASSICAL YOGA THERAPY with the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda (RMIYA) with its co-founder, Sarasvati Burhman, PhD, Mangala Warner, Jnani Chapman, and more;

~Level II iRest ® Yoga Nidra facilitator trained by Richard Miller of the Integrative Restoration Institute.  His program is evidence-based and used by the military today to ease the trauma of war. Her traditional yoga nidra studies are of a lineage tradition (Swami Satyananda Sarasvati) with Ed and Deb Shapiro (Swamis Brahmananda and Dharmavati) in Boulder.

In 2008, Ena discovered Rajanaka tantra (Sri Vidya tradition) with Douglas Brooks, Ph D. relishing his annual retreats and weekly study groups with his recordings.  

Her primary asana (physical practice) influences come from practice with Rod Stryker, Angela Farmer, Gary Kraftsow and Amy Weintraub.  She also regularly attends IAYT's SYTAR conferences studying therapeutics in workshops there. 

In Fort Collins, she has been invited back the last four years for the Poudre School District's Young Women's Journey Conference to empower 10th-12th grade teens in mindfulness and business.

Prior to finding yoga, Ena was a professional actress in AL and LA for film, stage and television, traveling the world with that work.  She also co-owned and designed for Sh'ena Garb yoga apparel for three years with her designs in six retail boutiques before moving to CO.  She continues to nurture her passion for the arts by serving on the Board of Directors for OpenStage Theatre in Fort Collins.  She weaves this experience into her animated teaching style. She lives with her beautiful family in Fort Collins, Colorado.

About Ena Rodriguez

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About Ena Rodriguez
Ena (Burrud) RodriguezC-IAYT (Nationally Certified Yoga Therapist) E-RYT500, YACEP

Certified iRest® (Integrative Restoration) Teacher 

Membership Affiliations:
Yoga Alliance (YA), Integrative Restoration (IRI), 
International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Yoga Teachers of Colorado (YTOC)



In 1997, Ena took her first yoga class and knew it would be a lifelong path.  Having endured anxiety throughout her 20's as a professional actress in Los Angeles, she turned to yoga. Through yoga, she found she no longer needed  a prescription she had taken for years due to the therapeutic effects of the practice.  In 2000,  Ena earned her 200 hour teacher certification in a year long, one-on-one program taught by her teacher in the White Lotus Tradition.

Ena was recruited to teach at the renowned Yoga Works where she had been a student. She taught for five years in Orange County and in LA and in 2006, relocated her family to Colorado.  In 2007, Ena opened Treetop Yoga in Fort Collins, teaching and managing for over five years. In 2010 Ena was certified as a Yoga Therapist through the Rocky Mountain Insitute of Yoga and Ayuveda, a school with 23 years history.  In 2011, she sold her group space and opened Northern Colorado's first private practice, Treetop Yoga Therapy. Ena works full time with private clients and two group classes per week. Her therapeutic work includes clients with MS, Muscular Dystrophy, cancer, nervous system issues, anxiety, depression, Bi-Polar II, sensory integration issues, TBI and PTS. She works off-site, as well. for those whose conditions limit their mobility. In 2014, Ena entered the two year certification program in iRest®, a yogic meditation protocol used by the military today. She partnered with the VA to teach grant-sponsored veterans groups from 2014-2017 and continues to weave iRest into her private practice for personal inquiry and symptoms of trauma. 

Certifications:   With over 30,000 teaching hours, Ena is certified at the 500 hour level holding the designation of Experienced, Yoga Alliance's highest ranking granting her permission to teach in advanced teacher trainings. Other certifications include CLASSICAL ASTANGA with Erich Schiffman, YOGA STUDIES 100 hour program at UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount LA, CLASSICAL YOGA THERAPY with the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda (RMIYA), Certified iRest ® Yoga Nidra Teacher (levels 1, 2 and 3). She has additional training in yoga nidra, ayurveda, yoga psychiatry and Mahabharata ancient textual studies.

Ena has recently been awarded the national certification of C-IAYT conferred her by the grandparenting process in 2016 to meet new standards of accreditation. She has also been granted the designation of YACEP, or Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, making her eligible to regularly provide CEU's to yoga teachers registered with YA. 

Agency Contracts: Ena has been contracted by Project Self-Sufficiency for work with small children, recruited as the first yoga related provider for the Cheyenne VA and Warren Air Force Base.  The city of Fort Collins Adaptive Recreational Opportunities Dept. for veterans contracted weekly iRest sessions for vets funded by a Paralympic and D.o.D. grant from 2014-16.  She has taught clients referred by the Department of Human Services (family division) and has taught various programs for caregivers and patients with the Alheimer's Association.  For five years, Ena taught teen girls in yearly conferences for PSD Schools. Ena was contracted by the Brain Injury Alliance of Denver and in 2016 was hired by the Colorado Recreational Therapists Association to provide a CEU workshop for Colorado Trauma Providers. Beginning late 2017, Ena will begin working for Inner Balance in-patient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in Loveland, Colorado teaching iRest modules for trauma and improved coping skills. 

Faculty Experience: Ena has taught in RMIYA's (Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda) 200, 300 and Ayurvedic Psychiatry trainings from 2011-2014. She has contributed to Shambhava's Prenatal training with the Mommy and Me module in 2014. Cambio Yoga in Colorado Springs contracted her for the iRest/Yoga Nidra module in their 300 hour program in 2014 and Ena is presently designing in partnership the first Treetop Yoga Therapy/Loveland Commuity Yoga 300 hour program due 2018. She teaches in the Loveland Community Yoga 200 hour program as co-lead teacher. 

E-RYT 500 Registered Yoga Teacher

Influential asana teachers:  Erich Schiffmann, Angela Farmer, Gary Kraftsow, Ana Forrest, Rod Stryker, Adhil Palkivala, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa.  She has attended workshops with luminaries  in LA and Orange County, like Shiva Rea, Seane Corne, Amy Weintraub, Leslie Kaminoff and Kofi Busia.  

Primary Spiritual guides: Ena would like to thank Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD her yoga therapy teacher.  Dr. Buhrman began RMIYA over 23 years ago and is a nun in the Vairagi tradition with Baba Hari Das as well as a Christian in the Episcopal church of Estes Park.  Her respected Ayurvedic Medicine and Classical Yoga Therapy practice is in Boulder, Co.  www.ayuvedicsolutions.com 

Yoga Nidra: Ena has studied traditional Yoga Nidra with Ed and Deb Shapiro (Swamis Brahmananda and Dharmavati) of Boulder.  The Shapiros gave her the Sanskrit name, Deva Shakti Ma.  Ed studied and lived in India with his teacher, Swami Satyananda.  Deb is author of several books on meditation.  Their work is at www.edanddebshapiro.com and they have a regular blog at the Huffington Post: Going out of your Mind. 

Non-dualism and Tantra:  Her underpinning philosophy in her classes partially derives from studies and retreats with Douglas Brooks, Ph D. in Rajanaka Tantra of the Srividya tradition.  Brooks lived with his teacher for many years in India, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy. His work is at www.rajanaka.com.   

iRest:  Continuing that study, she has completed the two year, Certified iRest ® Yoga Nidra teacher program.  She is one of only six teachers in Colorado.  She has been trained by developer Richard Miller PhD, of the Integrative Restoration Institute and co-founder of IAYT.  Miller is 40 years a yogi and psychotherapist whose protocol is a Tier II CAP (Complementary Alternative Program) used by the military today for returning vets and PTSD. Ena is a final LEVEL 3 graduate.  His work is at www.iRest.us. Ena regularly teaches a quarterly DoD grant-funded series for veterans, and has been interviewed by Rob Schware, PhD for the Huffington Post on his Yoga in Service series in 2015. 

Specialty Groups:  Ena originated Mommy and Me for Yoga Works in Huntington Beach in 2000, and holds the longest running class in Northern Colorado, which she teaches presently at Loveland Community Yoga. She demos and speaks quarterly for new mothers at Poudre Valley Hospital and the Medical Center of the Rockies on the benefits of yoga in that crazy first year of parenthood. 

The Arts and Business:  Ena studied Drama at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Al, landing an anchor job at 19 for the American Wholesale Shopping Network.  She also worked at the local NBC affiliate as a receptionist and teleprompter for the evening news.  After landing her first movie in Alabama at 21, she moved to LA and successfully acted in film,TV, traveling the world with her then husband, a film and TV producer.  In 1996, she joined the Huntington Beach and Cypress Art Leagues showing her work in watercolors.  In 2003, she co-founded and designed for Sh'ena Garb yoga apparel/accesories in studios before moving to Colorado.  She has served as Vice President of the Board for OpenStage Theatre in Fort Collins and President for the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayuveda where she was permanent faculty as well. In 2015, Ena was signed by the Donna Baldwin Talent Agency in Denver, Colorado, rekindling her acting career with the intention to sharpen the Treetop Brand. She has secured commercial acting and modeling jobs since then. 


Yoga Therapy

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What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is the customization of yoga practicea  for the individual. In a one-on-one-setting, issues are carefully considered, and a personalized session is created. Yoga Therapy has been used for years to help with conditions such as hypertension, anxiety and depression. Clinical studies can be referenced on PubMed, IAYT's quarterly publications and other academic platforms.

Yoga Therapy is a Complementary and Alternative medicine modality implemented in hospitals, wellness centers, schools and more. The International Association of Yoga Therapists, www.IAYT.org, has standardized yoga therapy schools and developed an accreditation criteria in 2014. Presently, there are two universities hosting yoga therapy as a master's degree, LMU in LA and Maryland University of Integrative Health. Presently, all yoga therapists certified before 2014 must now apply for grandparenting to earn the national recognition of C-IAYT, the first designation of its kind in the world. This new suffix denotes those whose work in the field are reputable competensies by the standards of the accredited programs in place. This designation is now accepted for referrals by western medical providers. Ena Burrud is one of the first wave, worldwide, to be awarded the C-IAYT designation and has a referral system in place with local providers, including Dr. Christine O'Brien of the Cheyenne and Fort Collins VA and psychotherpists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and accupuncturists in Fort Collins and neighboring cities.  

Issues Ena has treated wth yoga therapy:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Metabolic issues
  • Surgery and injury rehab
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Cancer/Chemo and radiation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psycho-Spiritual Inquiry 
  • and more...

Before your first Yoga Therapy session, you will fill out an Intake Questionnaire and Prakriti Chart (an Ayuvedic tool). Your first session will last 90 minutes. After your initial assessment, you will practice a personalized session handrawn by Ena Burrud. You are welcome to record your session. Expected compliance is usually about 20 minutes of home time a few times a week to see results. Yoga Therapy does not replace your doctor's advice. We work in a complementary function with other health care providers. Treetop sometimes offers discounts to those who are dedicated to practice.

Our resident certified Yoga Therapist is Ena Burrud, C-IAYT, E-RYT500. You can read her bio here

What's my dosha? Click here for a prakriti test, thanks to Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD 

Click below to experience an iRest® Yoga Nidra session with Ena Burrud

Now Booking iRest® Neuromindfulness sessions on FaceTime


Treetop Yoga Therapy is Northern Colorado's premier full-time Private Practice in the Executive Suites of Old Town, Fort Collins. Sessions are by appointment, one-on-one and serving the individualized needs of clients including those with no yoga experience. Ena Rodriguez, nationally recognized certified yoga therapist, holds contracts with various organizations and agencies to work privately with their clients. She presents and teaches yoga therapy in conferences, workshops and trainings statewide.

Ena (Burrud) Rodriguez, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, Nationally Certified Yoga Therapist, works with the diagnosis provided by a medical professional and promotes healing applying ancient practices custom suited to the therapeutic need of the client. Yoga therapy utilizes many approaches researched and supported by the medical comunity, clinically proven to help relieve symptoms of mood instablility, insomnia, chronic pain, chemo and radiation side effects, musculo-skeletal imbalances, nerve pain and more. The International Association of Yoga Therapists regularly posts results of clinical studies on their site www.IAYT.org, PubMed and quarterly in Yoga Therapy Today.

Three type of services are offered~

Yoga Therapy  Sessions includebut are not limited to, classical yoga sequencing with adaptive physical postures (asana), specific breathing exercises (pranayam) and meditation techniqes. Other aspects of yoga therapy are lifestyle coaching, spiritual guidance, applied yoga psychology and yoga philosophy. All practices are discussed first to respect faith and culture. Ayurveda, a sister science to yoga, is used to type constitution and determine imbalances.  Textual references are explained simply and practices are progressive, building on the client's feedback, understanding and comfort levels. 

Private Yoga   Some clients wish to simply deepen their practice. They have no therapeutic needs and simply wish to know more about yoga, its spiritual components, practices that suit their personality, temperment, psychological questions, etc. A percentage of these clients have never taken a group class; they prefer the personalized experience. Many of these clients maintain their sessions for years. 

Yoga Mentorship  Teachers in trainings basic and advanced may need more clarity with methodology and translating archaic texts to modern application. Mentorship addresses sanskrit, concepts, stages and styles of meditation, modifications and markers of distress or progress in yoga classes. Mentorship sessions may be organic or specific concepts, including business procedures and professional ethics. 

Feel free to audio/video record your practice. It helps to remember the sequences and style of approach.  Hand-drawn sessions will be created for a 20 minute home practice. Yoga therapy garners the best results when practiced at home approximately 3 times per week. 

iRest® Yoga Nidra, a form of guided meditation, is also offered for symptoms of trauma and personal inquiry.  Ena Rodriguez is one of only six Certified iRest®Teachers in Colorado. iRest, an abbreviation of Integrative Restoration, www.iRest.us, was adopted by the US military in 2006. It is a proven protocol to reduce anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, PTS and other symptoms of stress. The method is immediately effective and over a few sessions, deep insight and a felt sense of emotional strength is reported. Clients will take with them new skill sets for both acute and chronic conditions. iRest® may be experienced alone or within a yoga therapy session for personal inquiry, as well. Ena presently facilitates iRest for InnerBalance Addiction Recovery Center in Loveland, Co and in private sessions.

     Treetop Yoga Therapy serves Northern Colorado in Fort Collins, Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Estes Park, Longmont, Wellington, Boulder, Denver and in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


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Integrative Restoration (iRest®)

Posted by Ena (Burrud) Rodriguez | Apr 24, 2017
Regenerate Magazine – NoCo Wholistic Living Resource

Since our first fire-pit gatherings, the human experience has been a popular discussion. We have expressed our stories through cave drawings, dance and war. We realized purpose through hard won spoils and loss. We have regaled and reflected on our adventures. But, we are not unscathed. After battles and narrow escapes, we shook at the scrape of a tool on a stone or is it a tiger? We experienced fearful visions and performed ceremonies to repel them and other plagues. These rituals, however, did not always work. The concept of healing arises, not only the mending of a broken leg, but also the tending of a wounded mind.

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Ena Rodriguez - Speaker at the Northern Colorado Functional Health + Welllness Summit


Join Ena on Saturday, April 21st at the Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins from 3:15 until 4:15.  She will speak on Mental Health: Science Behind Medication, Supplements, Nutrition + Therapies Panel Discussion

Sponsored by the Northern Colorado Functional Health + Wellness Summit.