What is holotropic breathwork?

Stan Grof about Holotropic Breathwork:

The name holotropic (from the Greek holos = whole and trepein = to move toward) literally means “moving toward wholeness”. This method utilizes the spontaneous healing potential of the psyche that becomes available in non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by accelerated breathing and evocative music in a special set and setting. Focused energy release and mandala drawing are additional important elements in the holotropic process.

The theory and practice of Holotropic Breathwork is described by Stanislav and Christina Grof in Holotropic Breathwork – A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy, and many other books by the same authors, including Psychology of the Future.

Through the use of deep breathing, evocative music and releasing bodywork, it is possible to get access to realms of the consciousness that are otherwise hard to reach. Thereby our own inner potential for deep healing of physical, psychological and spiritual issues is activated.

Holotropic Breathwork mediates access to all levels of human experience, including emotionally relevant childhood memories and other biographical issues, sequences of psycho-spiritual death and rebirth, and a broad spectrum of transpersonal/spiritual experiences

Holotropic Breathwork is conducted in groups as part of a residential course with trained facilitators providing guidance as required. In experiential sessions, participants alternate in the roles of experiencers and assistants to their partners. Mandala drawing is also a part of the process.

Stan Grof How holotropic breathwork was created in Esalen

“The Way of the Psychonaut” trailer The Way of the Psychonaut explores the life and work of Stanislav Grof, a psychedelic psychotherapy pioneer, creator of Holotropic Breathwork and founder of Transpersonal Psychology.  Stan’s quest for knowledge influenced psychology and profoundly changed many lives. www.thewayofthepsychonaut.com