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 and psychology and the study of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Holotropic Breathwork breathing workshops and seminars are now attended by tens of thousands of people around the world.
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Psychological illness, or neurosis, can be defined simply as a restriction of consciousness or – to borrow a Hopi Indian idea – a way of living that calls for a new way of living. Psychotherapy, self-exploration and spiritual questing can all be seen as attempts to gain access to the "foreign" realms of the psyche, the territory that transcends the tight, limited boundaries of the ego. Healing begins when the individual finds some way to reach across the divide between ego and non-ego, and acknowledges some of the material as his/her own. The individual dies to his/her former self-image and world-view, and is reborn at a higher (more expanded) level of awareness.
Healing Bipolar and Breathwork, includes an explanation of Holotropic Breathwork. *Please note HB is not recommend on a yoga matt as it does not give the breather enough support. Also people with bipolar can experience HB however it does depend on their support network, medication and how they are managing in their daily life. Sean explains that HB is a forced breath, not necessarily and as Stan Grof says - it's not a forced breath but breathing deeper & faster without a pause for the first 40 min or until you get suprised ...Let your Inner healer find what works for you... An Introduction Youtube on Holotropic Breathwork