In the 1980s, psychedelic researcher Stan Grof and his wife Christina Grof developed Holotropic Breathwork, an experiential practice that combines music, psychology, modern consciousness research, and Eastern spirituality. During two to three hour sessions, participants listen to music and deeply breathe in a manner that produces dramatic experiences. Supporters say the technique has helped people process grief and loss. Critics say it is hyperventilation, which raises pH levels in the bloodstream, causing dizziness and possibly seizures. In the West, such practices are often adopted casually, without taking the time to master the technique. Some have championed another exercise, called coherent breathing, that offers a gentler, more relaxed approach.
- Holotropic Breathwork technique integrates music, psychology, consciousness research, and Eastern spiritual practices.
- During a 2-3 hour session, participants become deeply aware of their own bodies.
- Critics warn that hyper-breathing can make the the blood too alkaline, causing lightheadedness and possibly seizures.
“the practice of Holotropic Breathwork raises red flags for him because of its use of over-breathing”
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