Holotropic Breathwork™ is one of the most powerful and effective techniques of self-exploration, healing and therapy that emerged from Transpersonal Psychology.
It integrates insights from modern consciousness research, Depth and Transpersonal Psychology, indigenous rituals, Eastern spiritual practices and mystical traditions of the world.
Its purpose is to achieve greater self-understanding, expansion of self-identity and to facilitate access to the roots of emotional and psychosomatic problems. The word ‘holotropic’ suggests an overcome of internal fragmentation, as well as a person’s sense of separation from the environment.
It is also a doorway to spiritual realms of existence.
The name Holotropic means literally “moving toward wholeness” (from the Greek “holos“=whole and “trepein“=moving in the direction of something).
The method was developed by one of the founders of Transpersonal Psychology, Dr. Stanislav Grof together with his wife Christina, as a result of few decades of research on healing potentials of holotropic states. Those enhanced states of consciousness have great a transformational power, enabling better connection to our inner wisdom and healing of traumas and patterns that condition us in our everyday life.
In many ancient mystical traditions sacred plants and rituals were used to induce holotropic states; in Holotropic Breathwork™ (HB) people enter these deeply transformational states of consciousness in a safe environment only through the power of their own breath.
The HB process itself uses very simple means: it combines more efficient and deeper breathing, evocative music and focused energy release work in a special set and setting. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter an enhanced state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing him or her a particular set of internal experiences. The process is non-directive and completely guided by each person’s inner healing intelligence, so the quality and content brought forth is unique to each person and for that particular time and place.
In holotropic states the psyche has the amazing therapeutic ability to select and bring unconscious contents – often with a strong emotional charge and of great psychological importance – to our awareness. Holotropic states allow us to access deeper layers of the psyche and allow a wide range of contents to surface: memories related to one’s life (even forgotten or repressed episodes), bodily and sensory memories, physical sensations associated with psychosomatic problems, emotions associated with important experiences, aspects of personal and collective unconscious, karmic memories, cellular memories and memories related to our birth, shamanic visions, archetypal contents, spiritual experiences etc.
Holotropic Breathwork™ is a powerful tool for the inner healing journey; it is a spiritual practice; it is a gateway to dimensions of personal growth that are not easily reachable through more familiar means such as meditation, movement, bodywork, or even traditional psychotherapies.
What can an experiential Holotropic Breathwork™ workshop bring to you?
- Connection to your inner healing wisdom
- Personal transformation
- Stress release
- Increased creativity and inspiration
- Inner balance
- Increased ability to solve life issues
- Adventure of self-discovery
- Recovery from traumas
- Spiritual experience
- Joy for life – simply, to live better J
- Meeting beautiful people in a supportive environment