What is Yoga Therapy?

Create balance through posture, breathing and meditation

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, accreditates yoga therapy schools and has set the criteria in 2014 requiring at least 800 hours and a minimum of two years to be certified, earning the designation of C-IAYT. It has been a master’s degree program at Maryland University of Integrative Health since 2015. Ena Rodriguez has established a cross-referral system with local providers, including psychotherapists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and accupuncturists in Fort Collins and neighboring cities.

Caring for your body and mind

What you can expect

Before your first Yoga Therapy session, you will fill out an Intake Questionnaire and Prakriti Chart (an Ayuvedic tool). A typical first session lasts 90 minutes and includes discussion, physical assessment and a short practice. Each session thereafter is 70 minutes and after the second or third visit, a personalized home practice will be created for you.

After your initial assessment, you will practice a personalized session handrawn by Ena Rodriguez. 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.

The specialties in this private practice address injury or surgery rehab, anxiety, depression, trauma and chronic illness. Though typical clients are already familiar with yoga, previous experience is not necessary. Consistent adherence to the prescribed practice yields the best results.

When appropriate, referrals to other providers such as psychotherapists, physical therapists and acupuncturists may be suggested. I am also happy to talk with your own providers with whom you are already working. Results are usually apparent within the first 5 visits and many clients continue to practice bi-weekly or monthly after that. Techniques include but are not limited to breathing exercises, mind-body awareness, adaptive yoga postures, meditation, contemplation, yoga psychology and philosophy.

Areas of Expertise

Issues Ena has treated wth yoga therapy:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mood Disorders

  • Sciatica

  • Metabolic issues

  • Surgery and injury rehab

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • PTSD

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Cancer/Chemo and radiation

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Psycho-Spiritual Inquiry

“Soul. Sheltering at home has broken up the momentum of our lives.  In this sheltering stillness, we have a chance to feel the soul. Soul has mass and substance. You can feel the gravitational pull inward rather than the external buffeting by winds of expectation.”

Ena Rodriguez • , Instagram

What’s your dosha?

Sarasvati Buhrman • PhD, Get Your Prakriti Test

Certifications

Certified iRest Yoga Teacher - Integrative Restoration Institute
IAYT International Association of Yoga Therapists
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
IAYT Experienced Registered Yoga Therapist