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Holotropic Breathwork

Written by: Stanislav Grof,Christina Grof,Jack Kornfield - foreword
Narrated by: Paul Brion
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Publisher's Summary

The definitive overview of this transformative breathwork.

In this long awaited book, Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof describe their groundbreaking new 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). The 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 indispensable book summarizes their remarkable insights.

©2010 State University of New York (P)2020 Tantor

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More so an ad for Holotropic Breathwork

You don’t really find out the details needed for doing Holotropic Breathwork. It feels more like an ad to get you to do the in person training. It was a disappointing listen

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Great background, no practical.

This book does not contain a practical step by step guide on how to perform Holotropic Breathwork for personal exploration. There are conversations on processes and practices for group sessions however they do not go into any detail on the actual processes of breathing etc.

This is however a great look at the history and progression of Holotropic Breathwork and an informative listen for those who are interested in altered states of consciousness.

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Good read, better to listen!

a masterpiece in modern psychology, founding stone of transpersonal psychology. great performance! worth listening for anyone interested in mental health and well being.

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Commercial

Mostly a commercial for breath work. Some interesting stuff at the start, but very repetitive. I may buy a breatwork session from them one day, but wasted my money on this below mediocre book.

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Excellent book with inspiration and insight

excellent book that helped me realize the importance of transformation and breath as the powerful method to do so.

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  • mark west
  • 2020-05-18

I wish I knew this earlier

At 1.2x (where I listen to all my audiobooks) the narrator reminded me of Tuvok from Voyager. The background and theory make sense and in fact I've known the theory for quite some time. What I did NOT know was that by merely breathing differently, I could access buried incidents. Given the thoroughness of this book, I feel confident I can master the technique and run with it without too much trouble.

The big question is would I have enough hutzpa to force myself to keep breathing through a past death? Although if you can help it, emotional traumas can be much more accessible. Now, I just need to see some YouTube videos of the process.

I can't begin to imagine how much better my life would have turned out had I known this technique when I was in my 20s. Sigh, I guess that I wasn't ready to hear the truth yet. Well, now that I am, it's time to radically and fundamentally transform my life. "To the journey!"

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  • Michael D Wisner
  • 2021-09-04

don't buy if you are looking for instructions

lot of history and perspective... very little on practice... guess u need to take the workshop for these secrets to be revealed lol

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  • Ken
  • 2021-07-04

opinions vs evidence

As much as I would like for this to be true, the evidence provided in this book does not support this theory. It is based on anecdotal evidence, and opinion. An example, is not conclusive evidence.

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  • MLR
  • 2022-05-23

Who is this supposed to help?

Instruction manual? No
Research presentation? No
Any useful information? No
Waste of time? Yes
I’m getting my credit back.

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  • Kurt F.
  • 2021-12-17

a bit long winded

doesn't provide much content besides reviews of their systems and stories. Not much in the way of describing procedures

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  • Jason Michael Murray
  • 2021-09-28

Not really what I was looking for

Not what I was looking for but it was interesting as it was closer

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  • Asmr
  • 2023-01-03

Did not learn anything about the topic of this book

This book does not really teach in how to do this type of breathing, which is all I wanted to get out of the book. Waste of money.

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  • Sol
  • 2022-06-26

Don't waste your time. Just garbage

Don't waste your time. Just garbage. No substance. Pseudo scientific quackery. I want my time back

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  • Joshua Jacobs
  • 2022-11-22

Inspirational!

Incredibly broad and deep exploration of holotropic breathwork, it’s history and application. Simply listening to audio has led to a number of personal insights. I’m looking forward to having a chance to experience holotropic breathwork soon.

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  • Gloria
  • 2022-06-02

Another valuable and self-empowering resource. Highly recommended.

Critical thinkers and medical professionals can go straight to chapter 9 and listen to the end to have several Dogma’s challenged—in a good way. Then circle back to the start of the book.