Ena Rodriguez's Teaching Style

About Ena

Ena Rodriguez, C-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)

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 of its kind, Treetop Yoga Therapy.  Ena works full time with private clients. Her therapeutic work includes clients with MS, Muscular Dystrophy, cancer, nervous system issues, anxiety, depression, Bi-Polar, 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.  InnerBalance Addiction Recovery Center, 2018-2019 in addition to others.  Ena consistently weaves 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. Ena provided contract work for InnerBalance in-patient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in Loveland, Colorado teaching iRest modules for trauma and improved coping skills 2017-2019. Her work continues with private clients online with Skype as well as in person.

The Arts & 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. In 2019, Ena was picked up by Mitchell and Associates in Albuquerque, NM for work in TV and Film. The arts and yoga therapy continue to inform each other in her work for both.

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, Colorado Springs contracted her for the iRest/Yoga Nidra in their 300 hour program in 2014, and in 2019, Ena was flown to Panama to teach Yoga Psychology in Wild Earth’s Therapeutic Yoga 200 hour program.  In 2021, Ena will be facilitating a weekend module in Yoga Psychology for a 300 hour teacher training program, based out of Loveland, CO. This module will be open to the plublic,  Contact Ena for more information.

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 has been interviewed by Rob Schware, PhD for the Huffington Post on his Yoga in Service series in 2015.

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.

Specialty Groups

Ena originated Mommy and Me for Yoga Works in Huntington Beach in 2000, and held the longest running class in Northern Colorado at Om Ananada Yoga Fort Collins and Community Yoga in Loveland. She spoke 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. She retired the format in 2017.

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.

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.

Kind Words & Endorsements

Read what they say about Ena and Treetop Yoga Therapy

“I am a surgeon and the ergonomics of my job require a lot of standing, twisting and turning. About 5 years ago I started treatments with Ena Rodriguez. She is exceptionally knowledgeable and skilled. She addressed the nature of my issues and developed a home plan that has kept me pain free. When I do have a flair-up, she continues to provide me skills to deal with my muskulo-skeletal issues at home. I highly recommend seeking her assistance for not only the physical relief, but also the calming, peaceful mental relief yoga therapy provides and missing from most other forms of therapy.” 

Dr. Jerry Collins • Loveland, CO • General Surgeon

“When I met Ena I was at a very low part of my life. My body always hurt and depression had me under its thumb. It was so bad I could not break the spiral I was in. When I found Ena I had my reservations on going to a Yoga Therapist. I was not a fan of therapists in general. Just being around this woman it was hard not to feel instantly better. She is always positive, very knowledgeable and has always made me feel very comfortable. Talking with Ena is more like talking to a close friend than a therapist. Without her I would survive life, but now because of her, I live life. It didn’t take long before I started working out the problems that were weighing me down and the regular pain in my body diminished. After four weeks of seeing her, I went a whole week without any pain. I even was able to take my son up into the mountains to hike this last summer. I cannot say enough about Ena and the work she does. She has helped turn my life around and I know she will do the same for many more people.”

Jeremey Butterfield • Berthoud • Depression/Chronic lower back pain

“I am a 50 year-old psychiatrist and have been struggling with multiple sclerosis for 25 years. I have been working closely with Ena Rodriguez over the past 2 years practicing yoga therapy. We focus on balance, and address weaknesses, sensory deficits and lack of coordination. I have noted improvement in flexibility, strength and overall function. In addition, yoga, meditation, mindfulness training and breathing exercises have helped me with stress-related symptoms such as occasional muscle tension, anxiety and sleep disturbance. I will continue to utilize Ena’s techniques and have referred several patients to her. These patients suffered from not only anxiety and mood disorders but also physical illnesses which impaired their functioning. Ena and Yoga Therapy made significant improvements in their quality of life and overall well-being.”

Laura Wuarin • MD • Multiple Sclerosis

“Walking into class with Ena is at once calm and filled with contagious laughter. She helps us turn off the “critical self” tapes and listen to our bodies for how to get into the pose.  At the beginning of each class Ena asks the participant if there are any physical issues that need addressing – tight hips, sore shoulders, trick knees – she then creates the day’s class to include those areas of the body mentioned. Her laugh, her gentle encouragement to go inside and listen to the body, her ability to make the first time person feel comfortable as well as helping them modify the pose to their comfort level, gives everyone the freedom to be the very best of themselves in the class. To be in a Yoga class or private session with Ena is to be with one who understands the mind, body, spirit connection and helps open the doors to one’s own self-discovery.”

Mary Page Jones • Group Class

“I started working with Ena in the summer of 2006, about six months after my daughter was born. We started with Mommy & Me classes, but soon moved to private yoga therapy sessions because of fibromyalgia and other back issues for which I needed additional help. For five years, I have had the pleasure to work with Ena weekly in yoga therapy. She is a wonderful, kind therapist whose intuition tunes in each session almost immediately and through the entire time to the needs of my body, mental state and spirit. Her imagery enhance and deepen the therapy. Ena helped me through a second pregnancy which I believe was a major part of my 2 hr. 15 min labor. She worked with me to help make sure he was positioned correctly as well as helped me with the normal pains of pregnancy and additional pain I suffered with the fibromyalgia. Ena has always been a kind, attentive therapist and her yoga therapy goes well beyond a physical therapy type setting. The combination of spirituality, quiet, breath work and physical movement create space for healing the entire being rather than specific places on the body. Ena’s methods, kindness, compassion, grounding, and intuition have been life changing.”

Jennifer Peters • MA • Fibromyalgia/Pregnancy

“I was 35 years old and always knew that there was something amiss with my life. Bouts of severe depression, constant anxiety and panic attacks along with memories of some difficult childhood events were beginning to manifest in physiological ways. And in the past 2 years, visits to various doctors brought diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis, ADHD, depression, general anxiety disorder, mild bipolar disorder and the need for a corneal transplant in my left eye.

I found myself in Ms. (Burrud’s) Rodriguez’s yoga studio. Weekly private lessons began. I didn’t have any real expectations of dramatic progress but I was willing to try anything. Ms. (Burrud’s) Rodriguez’s deep personal commitment, her incredibly vivacious personality and her empathy and understanding of my difficulties encouraged me to keep coming back week after week and learn more of Yoga – its philosophy and science.

Miraculously, I gradually found myself living with less anxiety, less fear, more focus and far better tolerance of physical pain. I began to recognize the internal sensation of being hopeful again with a strong desire to grow. And I often smile – no longer to hide the grief within but as a reflection of the joy I feel within. The world around me hasn’t changed very much but my perspective of the world definitely has.

Yoga Therapy could never be so powerful without the right teacher. I have been truly blessed to have found in Ms. (Burrud) Rodriguez a teacher so dedicated to the increasing welfare of her students. And through her help, guidance and teachings, I found in myself a sense of spirituality and growing positive attitude.”

Rohit Singh • Ph.D. • Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bipolar Disorder

“I have been taking Ena’s group classes, private yoga and mentor sessions for over 5 years. Incredibly knowledgeable, intelligent, and fun, she is passionate about her work. Ena is deeply intuitive and motivating and I am moved in a clear direction with her guidance. I also enjoy how she makes even the hard work of study and practice enjoyable. She is an authentic person and amazingly gifted teacher.”

Christy Obie • Teacher Mentoring

“My mentoring sessions with Ena brought a tremendous amount of clarity and understanding to everything I studied in my Yoga teacher training. Having access to my own private teacher was an amazing way to complement my training because I was always looking to further my discussions from class.   In our sessions, that’s exactly what we did. I really loved how I got to choose exactly what we covered in each session; it made me feel like I got exactly what I wanted!

I gained so much more insight into asanas and pranayama and we also spent a lot of time designing and sequencing classes, which boosted my confidence a lot. Ena is an amazing teacher who has so much experience and wisdom to share. I’m so grateful that she offers a mentoring service; I think it’s something that every new Yoga teacher could benefit from. Working with a mentor helped me to feel more prepared to start teaching!”

Whitney Barry • Teacher Mentoring

“I am very honored to be working with a great professional in the field of Yoga Therapy. Ena Rodriguez is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Working with her is a great opportunity for me to fine tune my own skills as a teacher and therapist.

Angie Noe • Greeley • Teacher Mentoring

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