Holotropic Breathwork Workshops, Seminars and Weekend Retreats in the Los Angeles Area – Connect to Your Inner Healer Through Breath and Music (as developed by Dr. Stan Grof)
What is Holotropic Breathwork?
™, co-created by Stan Grof, M.D, Ph.D. and Christina Grof, is a powerful and transformational breathwork method that allows most participants to access the innate healing power that is available in the deeper levels of their psyche to create a personalized transformational healing experience for themselves. Experiences in Holotropic Breathwork Workshops and seminars can include release of energetic blocks in the body, reliving and releasing of issues from childhood and a transpersonal satori type of breathwork experience of union with the universe. Participants report that, in general terms, they have a sense that they clear out the some of the obstructions that have been created by their ego that prevent their soul essence from being experienced in their everyday lives. Or, in terms of quantum theory, they “transcend the ego-identity of ordinary consciousness” (Goswami, Quantum Physicist, “The Visionary Window”, p. 169). More specifically, many participants report that the breathwork workshops and seminars support them in breaking through their fears about life (i.e. fear of failure, fear of success, fear of intimacy, fear of looking bad) and their childhood programming. Although each participant has a unique experience so it is impossible to predict what result a specific person will get from a breathing session, many participants report that over a series of sessions that these “breakthrough experiences” allow them to feel more connected to others and themselves, to have more clarity regarding their purpose in life, to unleash their creativity, to be more fully engaged in life and/or to be more fully self expressed.
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Participants in prior Los Angeles area Stan Grof Holotropic Breathwork workshops have traveled from all over Northern and Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Oregon including San Diego, Venice, Orange County, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, Santa Monica, the San Fernando Valley, Long Beach, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Ojai, the San Bernardino/Riverside Inland Empire area, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Las Vegas, Portland, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City to attend. Please read on for more details and I hope to see you at an event soon!
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Stan Grof Holotropic Breathwork Workshops – What Happens?
Breath is life. The first and the last breath are the two extremes between which our human existence moves. The Hindu word for breath, prana, is synonymous with life energy. Each of us has our own breath patterns, each has subconscious tricks of how to avoid certain experiences that may be threatening to the unconscious, by simply changing the breathing rhythm. That’s why ancient schools like yoga as well as modern psychotherapies use breath as a path to bring harmony back to body and soul, or to bring to light, and heal, traumatic experiences hidden deep in the unconscious.
In Stan Grof Holotropic Breathwork workshops, most participants, when they surrender to the breath in a three hour breathing session where they breathe faster and deeper than they normally would, gain direct access to their own innate drive towards wholeness and healing to create a personalized transformational breathwork experience for themselves. Each person’s experience will vary. Some will be more dramatic, some will be more subtle, a few people may even feel that “nothing has happened” but many participants’ experience actually unfolds more fully in the days following the breathwork. Many participants report getting more clarity through breathwork regarding what is holding them back in their lives from being fully present and self expressed. Just as your body will instinctually move to heal a cut, your psyche also will instinctually guide you towards healing, integration, and personal growth – if you allow it to. In the Holotropic Breathwork workshop, most people are brought out of their “left brain thinking mind” to the level of direct experience in a way that allows them to get beneath and below their own identity/ego and access this innate drive towards integration and healing in a very powerful way. This brings a personalized experience that can result in more joy and freedom in personal relationships, resolution of childhood trauma, a transpersonal satori type of breathwork/breathing experience of union with the universe, more clarity through breathwork regarding the purpose and meaning of your life, a sense of being more grounded and centered in your life, and a more profound sense of connection to the world around you (for a more complete list of potential benefits of Holotropic Breathwork, click here).
Participants, when they surrender to the breath, often report a holotropic breath work experience that they liken to Joseph Campbell’s *Hero’s Journey*, which is a process of psychospiritual death and rebirth where transformation occurs by the letting go, or *ego death,* of an old way of being, and emergence, or *rebirth,* into a new way of being.
Stan Grof Holotropic Breathwork Workshops – Principles and History
Through a multi-year process of exploration with thousands of people, using principles based on insights from modern consciousness research, his personal experience with LSD psychotherapy back in the 60’s, and historical spiritual practices, Dr. Stanislav Grof has brought together elements that include holotropic breathing, creative self-expression, focused bodywork (if needed), group processing/sharing a specially designed three hour musical journey and an integration talk at the end of the workshop that allows most participants to access the powerful healing capabilities of the psyche available when they are in expanded states of awareness. All of the above elements are very important to produce the desired result and to have participants have a complete experience which is why we require participants to stay for the entire workshop. Dr. Grof named this process “Holotropic Breathwork” (Holotropic coming from the Greek “moving towards wholeness”). In addition, as per one of the underlying principles of interpersonal neurobiology, an important part of any process of this type is that participants feel “safe, secure and seen”. In Holotropic Breathwork workshops, a safe, secure and supportive setting and process is created by a seasoned group of Grof Certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitators who have gone through a rigorous multi-year training and certification program. This unique combination allows most participants to experience an expanded state of awareness that allows the healing transformational breathwork experience that is perfect for them at this time in their lives.
Los Angeles Holotropic Breathwork Workshops generally follow the One Day Holotropic Breathwork Workshop Format. Stan Grof Holotropic Breathwork workshops are of value to all those interested in inner exploration and a more conscious journey through this amazing adventure we call “life” who want to gain the benefits of the healing power of non-ordinary states of consciousness without the use of substances. It is a wonderful adjunct to psychotherapy and other forms of inner work, as well as a powerful method of self-care for helping professionals. Although most workshops are led by Grof Certified Facilitators, Dr. Grof occasionally still leads weekend Holotropic Breathwork workshops himself. In February 2012, Stan Grof came to Los Angeles to personally lead a Holotropic Breathwork Workshop for 150 breathers. A write-up on this amazing workshop can be found on the AHBI (Association of Holotropic Breathwork International) website.
Who is Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D.?
For more information on Dr. Stanislav Grof, the creator of Holotropic Breathwork (and co-founder of Transpersonal Psychology),
go to Stan Grof’s Webpage
Facilitator For Stan Grof Holotropic Breathwork Workshops and Seminars in Los Angeles
Michael Stone is a Los Angeles based Stan Grof Certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator who was originally educated in the sciences and business. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from USC. He originally started his career as an employee in a large pharmaceutical company. Despite his success in the corporate world his internal state was not fulfilled. So he decided to follow his intuitive notion and quit his job and create his own business. He has since created, developed and sold several businesses in a variety of different fields. His overall success as an entrepreneur over the past 15 years has allowed him to devote most of his time to following his own spiritual path and also teach what he has learned to others. He has intensively studied numerous spiritual practices which he has incorporated into his daily life. Currently, in addition to organizing and facilitating Stan Grof Holotropic Breathwork workshops in Los Angeles, he is a Certified Massage Therapist, a Shamanic Practitioner and an Entrepreneur and Business Consultant. He is also on staff with Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) and facilitates at come of their weeklong modules.
Contact Michael at: Michael@HolotropicBreathworkLA.com
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