What is Holotropic Breathwork?

What is Holotropic Breathwork?

Holotropic Breathwork is a simple yet powerful technique for self-exploration, transformation and healing based on combined insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology and various spiritual practices. The method activates non-ordinary states of consciousness which mobilizes the spontaneous healing potential of the psyche. Sustained breathing, evocative music, focussed energy work and mandala drawing are components of this holotropic journey. “Holotropic” literally means ‘moving towards wholeness’.

At the heart of Holotropic Breathwork is a belief that we hold within us the healing and inner resources that we need to live fully and deeply, to heal our wounds and to rise to our higher selves. Honouring that “the healer is within”, this work trusts, respects, and supports each person’s unique experience.

Over the centuries, in many different cultures, the breath has been used to access inner resources, whether those resources are needed for healing, recovery, personal exploration or enhancing one’s creativity. Holotropic breathwork unites the power of breath with the power of witness - all facilitated by leaders trained and supervised by the Grof Transpersonal Training GTT.

 

Founders of Holotropic Breathwork

Holotropic Breathwork was developed by Dr. Stanislav Grof, a psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience working with people in non-ordinary states of consciousness and by Christina Grof, a transpersonal teacher with special interest in transformational crises and in addiction and dependency.

This experiential technique is an integration of material gleaned from Eastern disciplines, including Yoga; from practices of indigenous peoples and from depth psychology.  Holotropic Breathwork’s theory and practice is described in Dr. Stanislav Grof’s books- view our recommended reading

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