About Holotropic Breathwork
Holotropic Breathwork™ is a powerful method of using non-ordinary states for self-exploration, personal transformation & healing. It is based on insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology, Eastern perspectives & various spiritual practices. It was developed by Stanislav Grof, M.D. & Christina Grof, leading pioneers in the field of Transpersonal psychology.
Holotropic Breathwork combines
• accelerated breathing
• evocative music
• focused release bodywork
• expressive artwork
• group process
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By activating the unconscious and mobilizing blocked energies, this work gives us access to all levels of human experience and activates the spontaneous healing potential of the psyche.
The basic premise is that we all have deeper knowledge/wisdom veiled beneath ordinary conscious awareness. If we can get out of our own way and allow that deeper wisdom to come forth, positive things happen. Just as your body will instinctually move to heal a cut, your psyche also will instinctually guide you towards healing, or growth if you allow it to.
In Holotropic Breathwork, the emphasis is on creating a safe space in which each participant can surrender fully to all the sensations, feelings, experiences, energy movement, emotions and visions that can arise during the session.
This work is of value to those interested in inner exploration, self-discovery and spiritual awareness. It is a powerful adjunct to psychotherapy and other forms of inner work, as well as a useful method of self-care for helping professionals.
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Holotropic Breathing is grounded in almost fifty years of observations and clinical research by Dr. Stanislav Grof, who has been observing and studying the healing potentials of non-ordinary states of consciousness since 1955. Dr. Grof is one of the co-founders of the field of Transpersonal psychology in 1969 and is one of its leading theoreticians. He is the author of The Holotropic Mind, Psychology of the Future, Beyond the Brain, The Adventure of Self Discovery, Spiritual Emergency, and The Cosmic Game, among others.