Holotropic breathwork is a psychotherapy technique developed by Stanislav and Christina Grof. This approach induces profound states of consciousness through a combination of straightforward methods: accelerated breathing, evocative music, and bodywork aimed at releasing residual bio-energetic and emotional blockages.
In their book on ‘Holotropic Breathwork’, Stanislav and Christina Grof introduce their groundbreaking form of self-exploration and psychotherapy. This breathwork harnesses the extraordinary healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. These states can lead to a diverse range of experiences with unique healing possibilities, including the reliving of childhood memories, infancy, birth, prenatal life, and elements from the historical realms of the collective unconscious. Induced through simple techniques — such as accelerated breathing, evocative music, and bodywork — in a secure and supportive environment, Holotropic Breathwork integrates insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology, anthropology, eastern spiritual practices, and more.