Holotropic Breathwork™ is a technique of self-exploration that utilizes the healing power of deep breathing, evocative music, focused bodywork, and mandala drawing to enter holotropic "moving toward wholeness" states of consciousness. Following in the tradition of the shamanic practices, rites of passage and mystery religions of preindustrial and non-Western cultures, we create a supportive and caring space in which participants' own inner healer can select the most relevant material and bring it up for processing. These sessions are helpful for people seeking relief from physical tension or emotional pain, an opening of creative channels, or a deepened connection with the inner Divine.
Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D., the creator of Holotropic Breathwork and co-founder of Transpersonal Psychology has made major contributions to the fields of psychiatry, psychology and the study of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Holotropic Breathwork seminars are now attended by tens of thousands of people around the world.
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The Grof's offer a comprehensive vision of mental health and of human growth potential that extends the range of psychology dimensions of the perinatal, the transpersonal, the transcultural and mystical. Their work organically incorporates the indigenous wisdom of shamanism and the natural world, the cultural and historical basis of consciousness, and the far reaching breadth of modern physics and systems theory. On it, the personal and the universal are equally valued, the physical and the biographical, the cultural, evolutionary and spiritual
dimensions of our humanity are included. Jack Kornfield
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WHAT IS HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK?
(From The Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator Manual by Kylea Taylor, p.9)
"Holotropic Breathwork is an elegantly simple, minimalist ritual using elements that support the healing with non-ordinary states of consciousness with
protection, permission, and connection.
Breathwork invites non ordinary/expanded states of consciousness.
Breathwork is important in many spiritual systems.
Breathwork is used in labour and delivery.
Breathwork is used to control anxiety in therapy and for medical procedures.
Prolonged connected breaths strengthen awareness of our normally repressed connections to self others, and the inner healer"