What is Holotropic Breathwork? - Yoga Journal

YJ Tried It: An Intro to Holotropic Breathwork

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The breath is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of yoga practice, yet many of us tend to get lost in our thoughts or bring too much attention to the poses, making it easy to forget about the breath entirely.

Enter Holotropic Breathwork, a technique completely dedicated to the breath, was originally developed by Stanislav Grof in the 1970s. Through breath and music, the practice allows participants to tap into inner wisdom, without judgment from the conscious mind (or our egos).

Michael Stone, a certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork, created shortened version of the typically 12-hour holotropic breathwork sessions called Neurodynamic Breathwork, which is a 60-minute session designed to help participants reap the benefits of the breathwork in an accessible way. Watch here as Stone leads Yoga Journal contributor Sky Cowans through Holotropic Breathwork for the first time.

See also The Science of Breathing

About the Author

Sky Cowans is a video creator on a mission to educate and empower her audience to live their healthiest, happiest lives. On her YouTube channel Sky Life, Cowans explores everything from ancient practices to emerging health trends, breaks down the science and research behind them, and documents her experience trying it all.

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