Holotropic Breathwork,(HB),

is a bodily psychotherapy developed by Stanislav and Christina Grof.

HB has developed since

the end of the 1970s and is now taught worldwide. Stanislav Grof still travels to teach the method, although not as much as he used to.

Its name is derived from the Greek ‘holos’, meaning whole, and ‘trepein’, meaning to move against.
The name therefore means to move forward as a whole. Holotropic experiences describe how subjects move towards a more holistic existence.

HA is a powerful method

for self-development and healing. It combines experiences from contemporary consciousness research, depth psychology and various spiritual practitioners working with

  • breathing
  • expressive music
  • focused body therapy
  • mandala painting

This creates an altered state of consciousness, a dimensional change, which leads to healing. The client remains orientated in everyday consciousness, while his or her perceptual ability expands to include all the psyche’s levels of experience,

  • to make contact with previous themes in his personal history
  • to reach psychological death and rebirth themes
  • the entire spectrum of transpersonal (spiritual) experiences.

Everyday consciousness is present throughout as a reassuring observer function, but one that does not control. The inner healing power of this method structures the experiential content of this approach.

Therapists that work with this method:

Bo Wikström

“Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
Mary Oliver

“Breath in I smile, breath out I
calm my body.
Dwelling in the present moment,
it is a wonderful moment.”
Thich Nhat Hahn

“One day we’ll all die…
All the other days we don’t!”
Jan Stenmark

“The only journey is the one within.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“As you grow older, you will discover
that you have two hands,
one for helping yourself,
the other for helping others.”
Audrey Hepburn

Sat – Chit – Ananda
Being – Consciousness – Bliss

“Follow your Bliss
and the universe will open doors for you
where there were only walls.”
Joseph Campbell

“Gate, gate paragate parasamgate
bodhi svaha”.
“Gone, gone gone beyond
gone altogether beyond,
O what an awakening, all hail !”
The Heart of Prajnaparamita Sutra

“Consciousness does not just passively
reflect the objective material world;
it plays an active role
in creating reality itself”.
Stanislav Grof
Stanislav Grof


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