An article by Stanislav Grof, M.D

In the last twenty years, my wife Christina and I have developed an approach to therapy and self-exploration that we call holotropic breathwork. It induces very powerful holotropic states by a combination of very simple means - accelerated breathing, evocative music, and a technique of bodywork that helps to release residual bioenergetic and emotional blocks. In its theory and practice, this method brings together and integrates various elements from ancient and aboriginal traditions, Eastern spiritual philosophies, and Western depth psychology.

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Holotropic Breathwork a powerful technique for self- healing and self-exploration allowing for greater self- understanding, expansion of self-identity and access to the roots of emotional and psychosomatic challenges one might face. Holotropic Breathwork comes from the Greek words ‘holos’ (whole) and ‘trepein’ (going to) meaning moving towards wholeness. 

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Holotropic Breathwork™ refers to a process in which deep, fast breathing (just a little bit deeper and faster than usual), in a supportive context, is used as a catalyst for the experience of a non-ordinary state of consciousness (NOSC).  This state of consciousness is thought to be inherently healing and evolutionary, bringing to the surface any issues that need addressing and helping the client to resolve them in a creative way. Holotropic Breathwork has been called “industrial strength meditation.” 

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The following are some common questions regarding Holotropic Breathwork. All answers given are based on the article “12 Things you should know about Holotropic Breathwork” written by Martin Boronson with Jean Farrell, Nienke Merbis, and Dara White.

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