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Bodhi Birth

An Awakened Birth. An Awakened Life.
WHAT IS THE BODHI BIRTH PROGRAM?

Bodhi, interpreted from sanskrit, means “awakened”. Embody Wellness, in conjunction with Bodhi Yoga, created this program 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.

The program includes many inspired services: couples educational course, birth doula, nutritional consulting, book & film group, a Mother’s Blessing ritual, infant massage class, and more! It is 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, or enroll for the full one-year program and experience it all (details below):

 

Yoga ClassesBirth Educational CourseRetreatsPrivate SessionsMeditationHealth ConsultationsBook & Film GroupMother's BlessingBirth Doula

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.”      -Emilie, Provo


DROP IN $12 / 3-CLASS PASS $30 / 8-CLASS PASS $72 – Bring cash or card in person

 

Bodhi Yoga Studio Website

 

          

Class 1: Sacred Space

First you lay the foundation. Then you build the house.

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Birth as a Metaphor, a Hero’s Journey, a Master Path / Global & Historical Birth Perspectives / East-West Anatomy / Pranayama (breath control) / Nutrition & Ritual


Class 2: Meditation

Learn powerful, natural techniques to manage fear, pain and anxiety.

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Pain Management: Meditation & Guided Relaxation Techniques / Brain Waves / 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.

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Labor & Birth: Stages of Progression, Complications & Alternative Outcomes / Labor Positions & Rebozo Support

Labor Comfort Techniques with Partner Yoga / Yoking Shiva & Shakti / Couples Kriyas

 


Class 4: Birth Map

Anyone can experience an awakened birth, regardless of the outcomes.

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Creating your Birth Map: The 7 Gates In / Preferences & Choices, Procedures & Protocols, Inner Awakening / The Art of Balance / Birth Hormones & Stress Responses / Correct Mindset & Emotional Processing Tools

 


Class 5: Postpartum Map

You had your baby. Now get ready.

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Creating your Postpartum Map: The 7 Gates Out / Postpartum Protocols / Understanding Kundalini / Mother’s Blessing ceremony

 


BONUS  Private Session: Hara & Heart
(for postpartum Mothers that have graduated from the course – no children or spouses please)

Process your birth. Reclaim your life.

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Affirmations & Kriyas / Birth Story Labor-inths – Processing, Honoring, Celebrating / Closing of the Bones

 


BODHI BIRTH EDUCATION COURSE / $325

Utah Valley – February & March, 2018 / Cache Valley – March & April, 2018

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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 the full Bodhi Birth education course:

  • SACRED SPACE
  • MEDITATION
  • PARTNER-SUPPORTED LABOR
  • BIRTH MAP
  • POSTPARTUM MAP

AND enjoy many other inspired amenities:

  • 3 Private Sessions per person: Intuitive Deep Tissue massage, FearClear session & Restorative Thai Yoga
  • A walk through a stunning 40’x40′ labyrinth (a walking prayer wheel)
  • Group Yoga, Tai Chi and Guided Meditation
  • A specially planned outing JUST FOR MEN
  • Gourmet & delicious Whole Food-Plant Based meals from scratch
  • Beautiful accommodations 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!

 

 

 

MASSAGE THERAPY:

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.

 

 

REBOGA:

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 your own mat at home!

 

 

 

FEAR-CLEAR SESSION:

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.”     -Emilie, Provo


ALL PRIVATE SESSIONS / $75 – 60 MINUTES

 

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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!

Women and couples enrolled in the Bodhi Birth program 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, enrolled members also have the option to schedule private meditation sessions (see “Private Sessions” tab).

Wednesday evenings / 7:30-8:15 pm / Embody Wellness Lobby

DROP IN $5 – Bring cash or card in person / NO FEE FOR ENROLLED MEMBERS

Nutrition is a critical component of a healthy pregnancy and recovery, and certainly impacts the health and wellness of your child for many years to come. Prenatal nutrition is often thought to be important, but seldom is specific and practical nutritional advice given to expectant mothers. When enrolled in our program you will benefit from your own private consultation with our Master Herbalist and Kinesiologist where you’ll receive a full-body health evaluation, assessing every organ and system of the body. You’ll go home with a comprehensive list of supplement suggestions and nutritional guidelines tailored specifically to YOU and your BABY! For a personal bio on our Kinesiologist and Master Herbalist, Vickie Sorensen, click here. To see a sampling of our highest quality Natureworks supplements, click here.

 

CONSULTATION / $100 – 60 MINUTES

 

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One of the greatest challenges couple 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. Held once a month, and couples are encouraged to attend together.

 

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

Join in this special ritual and celebration of motherhood, inspired by the Navajo Blessingway tradition. Different from our western baby shower tradition, this ceremony honors the woman’s coming rite of passage into motherhood. It is intended to support and sustain the woman’s emotional and physical needs. The expectant woman is surrounded by a powerful network of her female community, silent supporters and mentors of “those who have gone before”–mother, grandmother, sisters, friends. She sheds her fears, finds new vision, is pampered with massage, henna and a delicious feast! This is attended by all 3rd trimester mamas currently enrolled in the Bodhi Birth porgram, and a female partner of their choice (mother, sister, doula, midwife, friend, partner).

MOTHER’S BLESSING / PROGRAM ENROLLEES ONLY

Doulas provide irreplaceable 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 8 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 for couples

For more information about Stephanie Sorensen, click here.


“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 / To meet Stephanie, schedule a “Bodhi Birth Intro” at no charge

 

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Prenatal Couples Workshop

Saturday, January 13th / 1-4 pm / $45 per couple

 

 

Come participate in a specially designed yoga experience JUST FOR COUPLES!

EXPERIENCE…

3 Trimester Specific Yoga Styles and Hands on Adjustments.

LEARN…

Natural Coping Techniques with Meditation & Breathwork as well as Comfort Techniques with Partner Yoga & Couples Massage.

DISCUSS…

the Labyrinth of Birth and East-West Anatomy

Led by Nicolas Sorensen, LMT, and Stephanie Sorensen, CYT, TD. Mats, props and healthy snacks provided. Bring water and wear comfortable attire.


 

Bodhi Birth Program

When enrolled in the full Bodhi Birth program, you experience the following services:

 

  • Birth Doula (optional)
  • Weekly Yoga Classes (Prenatal + Postpartum)
  • Weekly Meditation Group
  • Monthly Private Session of choice (one per month: Massage or Yoga)
  • Monthly couple participation in Book & Film Group (books/films provided)
  • 2 Health Consultations + Nutritional Support
  • Couple participation in full Birth Education Course
  • Mother’s Blessing celebration during 3rd Trimester (with partner of choice)

 

PLUS, each member of our program receives the following products:

 

  • Student Manual/Educational Handouts (coming soon!)
  • Supplements Bundle (our prenatal Natureworks products-$250 value!)
  • Chakra Meditation deck
  • Rebozo (optional)

 

For more information about this empowering prenatal program, set up a Bodhi Birth Intro with Stephanie at no charge:

Select “Prenatal Services”, then “Bodhi Birth Intro” with “Stephanie Sorensen”. When checking out, feel free to add any extra notes in the “Notes” box. Stephanie will contact you at the scheduled time you select. Thank you for your interest in our program!

 

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