WHAT IS BODHI BIRTH?
Bodhi, interpreted from sanskrit, means “awakened”. Embody Wellness, in conjunction with Bodhi Yoga, created these services for women and families to facilitate that awakening for the birth experience. We do that primarily through Yoga, Meditation, Education and Body Work. This program is inspired by several different methods and mentors, particularly: Syl Carson’s Bodhi Yoga dosha-trimester-specific approach, Newman’s Calm Birth method, and Gurmukh’s Khalsa Way. It represents thousands of hours of dedicated study and research in pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, meditation and yoga.
These services are designed to guide a first-time mother-to-be OR a seasoned mother welcoming another child to her growing family. No matter what your birth plan may be, the Bodhi Birth program will educate, lift and empower you to plan for the best possible outcome, discover your personal birth preferences, and furthermore, empower you to see that whatever ends up being your birth experience is the best possible birth experience for you and your baby. Bodhi Birth is about reclaiming birth as a rite of passage and provides the tools to help women achieve that.
Claim this rite of passage for yourself. Be fully awake in your life. Experience your very own Bodhi Birth.
Select one or more of our individual Bodhi Birth services:
PRENATAL CLASS: Designed for the ever-changing pregnant woman’s body and is suited for all trimesters! Move through an energizing Bodhi Flow beautifully interwoven with pranayama. Explore the profundity of subtlety with Bodhi Spin, interlaced with supported balancing poses. Soothe aching muscles and ease discomfort with the Bodhi Yin restorative practice. Discover the gentle art of surrendering and present-moment living. Learn beautiful kriyas specific to pregnancy: owning your birth space, trusting and letting go, sleep aid, dreams, fear clearing, unlocking hidden power, emotional balance, morning sickness, healing past wounds, self-love and honoring womanhood.
Tuesday evenings / 7:30-9 / Bodhi Yoga Studio
POSTPARTUM CLASS: Much attention and focus is given to expecting mothers, and thankfully so, but the days, weeks, and months following the delivery are all too often neglected. This is, in essence, the fourth trimester! This class guides postpartum mothers on their journey to healing, recovery, and new-found strength. Combining the best of Bodhi’s Flow, Spin, and Restorative yoga, special attention is paid to strengthening the abdomen, releasing tension in the neck, shoulders and chest, and most importantly, opening the heart. Along with experiencing the power of mantras at each class, kriyas for this trimester include: nursing, connecting to family, emotional balance, love enough, and mother power.
Thursday evenings / 8-9:30 / Bodhi Yoga Studio
“When I was pregnant with my third child, I started feeling lots of aches and pains. I looked for a prenatal yoga class online, and found Stephanie at Bodhi Yoga. I started attending her class to get a workout but got so much more than that. Stephanie’s yoga class quickly became a “must-do” staple of my week during pregnancy. I found almost immediately that my body felt so much better after working out with her. I felt less achy and tense, and more flexible. And my baby obviously loved the deep breathing! I felt my baby move for the first time during class, and looked forward to connecting with her every week this way.”
DROP IN $12 / 8-CLASS PASS $75 – Bring cash or card in person
Come participate in a specially designed yoga experience JUST FOR COUPLES! Spend three hours in this interactive, hands-on, workshop. learning the basic tools you need to experience a fearless, empowered and awakened birth:
3 Trimester Specific Yoga Styles and Hands on Adjustments.
Natural Coping Techniques with Meditation & Breathwork as well as Comfort Techniques with Partner Yoga
the Labyrinth of Birth and East-West Anatomy
Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule:
January 13th, 1-4 pm
March 10th, 1-4 pm
May 12th, 1-4 pm
Couples Workshops / $60 per couple
Mindful Birth Couples Retreat
Led by: Stephanie Sorensen, CYT, TD
& Sariah Price, CD, CBE
April 20-21, 2018 / Aspenwood Manor / Provo, UT
2 Days & 1 Night / $525 per couple*
Experience all the best our Bodhi Birth program has to offer, all in one beautiful, comprehensive, therapeutic retreat! Couples set out on an idyllic “Babymoon” to engage in our interactive, intuitive and inspiring classes:
Friday, April 20th 12:30-9 pm
The History of Birth, Global Birth Perspectives
Birth Videos: Home, Birth Center, Hospital, Cesarean
Your Words Have Power
Meditation & Pranayama (breath control)
Mindfulness & Meditation Tools: Affirmations, Mandalas, Yantras, Labyrinths
Art Projects: Affirmation Banners, Labyrinths
Labyrinth Walk or Documentary (by vote)
Saturday April 21st 8:30 am – 8 pm
Hormones & Stress Responses
Stages of Labor and Birth
Partner Support with Rebozo and Yoga
Decisions for Mom
Decisions for Baby
Postpartum: breastfeeding, postpartum mood disorders and more
Q and A
Cartology 101: Making your Maps
AND enjoy many other inspired amenities:
A walk through a stunning 40’x40′ labyrinth (a walking prayer wheel)
Book Private Sessions**
Intuitive Deep Tissue Massage, FearClear Session & Reboga
Gourmet & delicious Whole Food-Plant Based meals from scratch
Beautiful lodging at the Aspenwood Manor
Come eager to learn, shed old beliefs and discover a whole new perspective on birth. Leave empowered, ready to step into your labor, birth and LIFE!
*Price includes lodging and meals
**Private sessions not included in package price and can be scheduled during your stay
Bodhi Birth Couples Retreat
Led by: Stephanie Sorensen, CYT, TD
& Camille Wilcox, CPM
October 19th-20th / Pathway to Wellness / Cedar City, UT
2 Day Workshop / $425 per couple*
Experience all the best our Bodhi Birth program has to offer, all in one beautiful, comprehensive, therapeutic retreat! Couples set out on an idyllic “Babymoon” to engage in our interactive, intuitive and inspiring workshop:
Friday, October 19th
1 – 3 Sacred Space
History of Childbirth / Birth Perspectives / Prenatal Nutrition / Creating Rituals
3 – 5 Meditation
Meditation & The Three Baskets: Pranayama, Mudras & Chant / Brain Waves & Consciousness
5 – 6:30 Dinner
6:30 – 9 Labyrinth or Mandala Art Project*
*separate break-out session for Partner
Saturday, October 20th
9 – 12 Partner Supported Labor
Stages of Labor Complications & Alternative Outcomes / Labor Positions & Rebozo Support / Labor Comfort Techniques
12 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 5 Birth Map
Creating your Birth Map: The 7 Gates In / Preferences & Choices, Procedures & Protocols / Birth Hormones & Stress Responses / Emotional Processing Tools
5 – 6 Dinner Break
6 – 8 Postpartum Map
Creating your Postpartum Map: The 7 Gates Out / Understanding Kundalini / Mother’s Blessing
*Price does not include lodging or meals. Participants receive over 200+ page manual, laminated labor support guides and Yoga Chant CD. Access to purchase Chakra meditation deck and Rebozo.
Couples Childbirth Education Retreat / $425 per couple
Class 1: Sacred Space
First you lay the foundation. Then you build the house.
History of Childbirth / Birth Perspectives / Creating Rituals
Class 2: Meditation
Learn powerful, natural techniques to manage fear, pain and anxiety.
Meditation & Guided Relaxation Techniques / Brain Waves / Pranayama (breath control) / Create your own Labor-inth art project
Class 3: Partner Supported Labor
Labor and birth is a solo journey that you don’t have to walk alone.
East-West Anatomy / Labor & Birth: Stages of Progression, Complications & Alternative Outcomes / Labor Positions, Rebozo Support & Partner Yoga
Class 4: Birth Map
Anyone can experience an awakened birth, regardless of the outcomes.
Creating your Birth Map: The 7 Gates In / Preferences & Choices / Health & Nutrition / Birth Hormones & Stress Responses / Emotional Processing Tools
Class 5: Postpartum Map
You had your baby…and now it begins.
Creating your Postpartum Map: The 7 Gates Out / Preferences & Choices / Understanding Kundalini / Mother’s Blessing ceremony
BONUS Private Session: Hara & Heart
(for postpartum Mothers that have graduated from the course – not included in package price – scheduled privately)
Process your birth. Reclaim your life.
Affirmations & Kriyas / Birth Story Labor-inths / Closing of the Bones
5-Class Couples Childbirth Education Course / $425 per couple
Classes held weekly in Provo, Utah at Embody Wellness Center, approximately 2.5 hours per class. Contact Stephanie (435-660-3176) for 2018 schedule.
INTUITIVE DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE:
Safe, gentle and therapeutic, massage is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. Not only can prenatal massage provide needed relief for backaches, leg cramps, headaches, edema, pinched nerves and overall soreness, massage during pregnancy can also reduce stress on weight-bearing joints, improve blood and lymph circulation, relax the nervous system (improving sleep), and balance the adrenal system (calm ever-changing hormones). Bolsters are arranged to make the massage experience blissful for every stage of pregnancy.
In this one-of-a-kind combination of ancient Thai yoga practices and South American Rebozo techniques, expectant women experience guided yoga stretches, supported labor postures and deep physical-emotional release. Practiced on a soft pad rolled out on the floor, bolsters are expertly arranged to accommodate every stage of pregnancy and to facilitate therapeutic stretching and gentle yoga postures. These sessions promote emotional well-being and induce a deep state of relaxation, combining a synergistic blend of marma point pressure, running sen lines and rebozo-supported maneuvers. Whether you’re flexible and experienced in yoga or just starting out, Reboga meets you wherever you’re at. It has far-reaching benefits for all trimesters.
PRIVATE YOGA SESSIONS:
If the weekly yoga classes aren’t enough and you desire a deeper exploration and understanding of yoga and meditation, consider scheduling a private yoga session with certified yoga teacher, Stephanie Sorensen. Learn the HOW and WHY of meditation one-on-one. Receive personalized instruction, practical tools and “take-home” practice ideas. Establish a personalized vinyasa sequence tailored to YOUR BODY and be inspired to take it to your own mat at home!
Experience the gentle yoking of mind-body-spirit as therapist, Nicolas Sorensen, combines his abilities with traditional reiki healing techniques, cranial sacral and chakra balancing in this east-west fusion massage experience. This fear-clearing session uses the existing flow of the cerebral-spinal fluid in your body as a foundation for this non-invasive work. Physically, it helps release compression, which in turn alleviates pain, stress and tension, chronic pain, neck/shoulder/back ache, migraines and more. Emotionally, it brings needed balance by clearing fears and past traumas, enabling you to step into your labor and birth (and LIFE) fully integrated and aligned.
“I did a personal Thai yoga session with Stephanie outside of class…and it was so relaxing and helpful. I love the studio; it smells good, has views of leaves outside the windows, and it has a water feature that makes the most beautiful sounds. It’s a really peaceful place. I discovered that I felt renewed emotionally and mentally afterwards, in addition to my body feeling better.”
ALL PRIVATE SESSIONS / $75 – 60 MINUTES
Not only does meditation grant access to one’s highest level of consciousness, it also allows women to gain power over their bodily reflexes and responses. Meditation allows you to BEHOLD your thoughts and impulses instead of being CONTROLLED by them. This is crucial for women choosing to birth naturally without aide of medication and can help them transform pain into sensation–all through the power of an awakened mind! Meditation is no less valuable of a resource if, perhaps, you have a scheduled cesarean or plan to birth with an epidural–if practiced regularly in preparation, you can gain mastery over your stress-response. Meditation helps you slow and deepen your breathe, which determines the heart rate, which determines the hormonal and chemical releases in the body, which ultimately determine your state of relaxation and sense of calm. Sounds conducive to every possible labor and birth scenario!
Any and all women can gain access to our weekly meditation group. Those that choose to participate in the prenatal yoga class have the weekly opportunity to practice specific meditations and breath work for labor and birth. And, finally, anyone can schedule a private meditation session (see “Private Sessions” tab) with our certified yoga teacher.
Wednesday evenings / 7:30-8:15 pm / Embody Wellness Lobby / Free of Charge
One of the greatest challenges couples and families face that are seeking an awakened birth experience is overcoming the pervasive negative culture surrounding birth. This book and film group is designed to rewrite the script, to expose you to a whole new culture and philosophy of birth. The books are scientific, spiritual & practical. The films are inspiring, provocative & moving.
Book choices are based largely on the interests of each group and may include some of the following:
“Calm Birth: New Method for Conscious Childbirth” by Robert Newman
“Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful” by Gurmukh
“Birthing from Within” by Pam England
“Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America” by Richard Wertz, Dorothy Wertz (selections)
“Labyrinth of Birth” by Pam England
“The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth” by Henci Goer
“Ancient Map to Modern Birth” by Pam England
“Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
“The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant
Film choices are based largely on the interests of each group and may include some of the following:
Birth videography of actual live births
Documentaries on: hospital birth, home birth, midwifery, birth in America, birth internationally, nursing/breastfeeding, etc.
BOOK & FILM GROUP / MATERIAL COST ONLY
Doulas provide irreplaceable informational, emotional, physical and spiritual support to a woman during her pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. Doulas can facilitate communication with the staff to ensure the birthing woman has adequate information she needs to make informed choices regarding her labor and baby’s birth. Doulas offer invaluable reassurance, perspective, suggestions for labor progress, help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques that invite comfort and empowerment in the birth experience. Different from your hired medical birth team, doulas are not involved in any medical procedures and work alongside doctors and midwives in every birth setting, be it home, birth center or hospital.
Stephanie loves watching women discover their power. Never is that made more manifest than during childbirth. She is a certified yoga teacher, birth doula, and childbirth educator. Each of her four children were born at home in a birthing-tub with the assistance of a skilled midwife. Though she “survived” the birth of her first child, it was an overwhelming and somewhat traumatic experience with a lengthy physical and emotional recovery, working through over 10 months of postpartum depression. With each succeeding birth she sought out and discovered new techniques that transformed her traumatic, overwhelming birth experience into a PEACEFUL & POWERFUL one. This journey led her to create the Bodhi Birth program, enabling her to share this process with her fellow sistas! Though her personal birth experiences were at home and un-medicated, Stephanie is a huge supporter of women making informed choices and offers her services to women in any and all birth circumstances.
When hiring Stephanie as your Doula you receive the following services*:
-Support during labor & delivery
-2 prenatal sessions (Reboga and Couple Birth Map)
-1 postpartum session (Debrief & Reboga)
-5-Class Birth Educational Course or Weekend Retreat for couples
“I am so grateful I invited Stephanie to be my doula. This was my third child, and I did not have a doula with my first two children. I was planning on going unmedicated, so it gave me great peace of mind to know someone would be there to support me through the pain. Stephanie was so positive and encouraging from the first conversation. She listened to my needs and saw them through 100%. She advocated for me at the hospital as well as checked on me later at home, so I knew she truly cared. I had a beautiful experience, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing!”
-Heather, Provo, UT
BIRTH DOULA SERVICES / $895 / *Package can be tailored to suit your financial needs and personal preferences
For more information about Stephanie Sorensen, click here.
To meet Stephanie, schedule a “Bodhi Birth Intro” at no charge
Follow Stephanie’s #52weeksprenatalseries on Instagram to learn intuitive and therapeutic weekly yoga poses for your childbearing year!
“Stephanie is a wonderful yoga instructor. She is very knowledgeable, and teaches the classes with ease and has wonderful flow. I leave the class feeling relaxed and ready to take on another week.”
“Stephanie is kind, attentive, and responsive to the needs of [prenatal] class members. She knows her stuff! The alignment prompts that she gives take me deep into the stretches. This helps me avoid getting hurt by doing stretches the wrong way and also helps my body to get the full intended benefit of each move. I’ve started attending Stephanie’s postpartum class, and I love it equally. It’s helping me to get my body back in shape, and to take some needed time for myself during the busy infant phase of life. I’m grateful that I stumbled across this gem of a yoga class!”
“I love the prenatal yoga class with Stephanie! I have never done any yoga with my previous pregnancies and I can feel a big difference physically and mentally as I’m getting ready to give birth. I feel stronger and less stress at the end of each class than I have ever felt before. I definitely recommend it to all mamas-to-be.”