Holotropic Breathwork® Workshops (as created by Dr. Stan Grof and Christina Grof) in Los Angeles

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Please note: We are not currently hosting Holotropic Breathwork workshops.  Until we restart, if you would like to try a free online breathwork session in a modality that Michael Stone developed, NeuroDynamic Breathwork, click here. If you would be interested in being notified when we start up again with Holotropic Breathwork sessions, please add your name to the mail-list by going here.

Michael Stone founded Holotropic Breathwork LA to bring Holotropic Breathwork® Workshops, seminars and retreats to the Los Angeles area.  The Los Angeles Area Holotropic Breathwork community is now one of the largest in the country. Below is a description of a) What is Holotropic Breathwork? b) What happens during a Holotropic Breathwork workshop and c) the principles and history of development of Holotropic Breathwork

Michael Pollan and Holotropic Breathwork® 

“The mystical experience may just be what it feels like when you deactivate the brain’s default mode network. This can be achieved….. perhaps also by means of certain breathing exercises like Holotropic Breathwork” – Michael Pollan, “How To Change Your Mind”

John Mackey, Founder of Whole Foods and Holotropic Breathwork® –

“I had this very powerful (Holotropic Breathwork®) session, very powerful. It lasted about two hours, I was having a dialogue with what I would define as my deeper self, or my higher self (and received two very powerful messages that changed my life)”. – John Mackey, “Passion and Purpose, The Power Of Conscious Capitalism”

Holotropic Breathwork® is a powerful and transformational breathwork method that, through sound, movement and deeper breathing allows most participants to access the innate drive towards wholeness and integration that is available in the deeper levels of their psyche to create a personalized transformational experience for themselves. Experiences in Holotropic Breathwork Workshops and seminars can include release of energetic blocks in the body and a transpersonal satori type of breathwork experience of union with the universe.  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 reframing their reality in a way that supports them instead of holding them back.  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

Come breathe, move and listen to music with us and set your true self free!  To register for one of our workshops or breathwork intros, CLICK HERE

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Participants in prior Los Angeles area 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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Michael Stone  – (Los Angeles based Certified Holotropic Breathwork® Facilitator and Founder of Holotropic Breathwork LA)


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.

In 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 integration 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.  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 in a very powerful way. This brings a personalized experience that can result in more joy and freedom in personal relationships,  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.

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 capabilities of their own 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 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  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.  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 transformational  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.

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),
click here.

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Note:  Since each participant has an individual journey that is self-guided by their own inner guidance, there is no way to predict exactly what participants’ experiences will be like.  Every participant’s experience will be different.   Since your experience is, in essence, self-guided by your inner guidance,  Holotropic Breathwork LA cannot guarantee any specific type of experience or any experience at all.  There is a small percentage of people who have extreme difficulty surrendering to the breath and letting go with their conscious mind who may not be able to have non-ordinary state of conscious experiences using Holotropic Breathwork.  To see our refund policy, Click Here.

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