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Holotropic Breathwork

A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy
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Paperback Book
August, 2010
$34.50 CAD
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In this long-awaited book, Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof describe their groundbreaking form of self-exploration and psychotherapy: Holotropic Breathwork. Holotropic means ‘moving toward wholeness,’ from the Greek holos ( whole) and trepein (moving in the direction of). This breathwork utilizes the remarkable healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. These states engender a rich array of experiences with unique healing potential—reliving childhood memories, infancy, birth and prenatal life, and elements from the historical and archetypal realms of the collective unconscious.

Induced by very simple means—a combination of accelerated breathing, evocative music, and bodywork in a safe and supportive setting—Holotropic Breathwork integrates the insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology, transpersonal psychology, anthropology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions. The Grofs’ work with holotropic states of consciousness has introduced revolutionary changes to psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy. Written in a clear, easily understandable style, this book of sound advice, thoroughly grounded in decades of practical experience, summarizes their remarkable insights.

A visionary book, one that offers a new understanding of healing, mental health, and human potential, along with powerful techniques to bring about these transformations… Stan and Christina show how to introduce the practice, how to nurture and safeguard the participants, how to deal with unexpected difficulties, and how to integrate these experiences into everyday life. They articulate the importance of release and healing through the complementary practice of bodywork, and detail the roles of music, creative art, and storytelling that are essential to the breathwork. —Jack Kornfield, from the foreword

“The Grofs offer the first comprehensive text of the theory and practice of their pioneering and integrative model of experiential psychotherapy and self-exploration. This ‘psychology of the future,’ with its extended cartography of the psyche, provides irrefutable evidence that spontaneous episodes of nonordinary states of consciousness have great healing, transformative, and even evolutionary potential for humankind. History will record that Holotropic Breathwork and the certification training and program designed by the Grofs advanced the field of psychotherapy far beyond the contributions of Freud and Jung.” — Angeles Arrien, author of The Four-Fold Way

Among Stanislav Grof’s other books are The Adventure of Self-Discovery and When the Impossible Happens. For more info and training, visit

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The definitive overview of this transformative breathwork.

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