Holotropic Breathwork

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Holotropic breathwork is a Connection Technique designed to facilitate Connection. Developed by Stansilav and Christina Grof,[1] Holotropic breathing triggers a natural inner mechanism to induce a non-ordinary state of consciousness. Either in groups of two or individually, a person lays down in a comfortable area (such as on a mat) with his or her eyes closed and takes deep breaths at a very rapid rate (similar to inducing hyperventilation) while listening to evocative music. The “sitter’s” role is to provide empathetic awareness and assistance if required but without any sort of interruption to the “breather”. Each experience is always distinct from session to session and unique for each individual.

List of Connection Techniques

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Holotropic Breathwork is a "simple approach--combining accelerated breathing, music, and body work--can induce, in a safe and supportive framework, an entire spectrum of healing experiences comparable to those known from spontaneous transformative episodes; however, unlike the latter, these experiences remained limited to the periods of holotropic sessions.[2]

Further Reading

Holotropic Breathwork


  1. Olivetti, Katherine. “Dimensions of the Psyche.” Jung Journal 9, no. 4 (October 2, 2015): 98–124. https://doi.org/10.1080/19342039.2015.108693
  2. Grof, Christina, and Stanislav Grof. The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crises. Penguin, 1990. https://amzn.to/2UtkgP1. p. 27

Breathing Technique