XHolotropic Breathwork®

Holotropic Breathwork®

During an inquiry session of Holotropic Breathwork I was directly guided to alter my career so as to be better balanced. My inner healer told me to pursue training in breathwork for greater depth and breadth of understanding of the human condition and emotional release. I was fortunate to have been selected as an applicant based on my background as a Rolfer. Most facilitators came from the field of transpersonal psyhology or addiction. When I first met Dr. Stan Grof he gave me a big hug and I felt the profound consciousness he carried, like the universe was opened through his psyche.

About Holotropic Breathwork®

Holotropic Breathwork® is a powerful approach to self-exploration and personal empowerment that relies on our innate inner wisdom and its capacity to move us toward positive transformation and wholeness.

The theoretical framework integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions of the world. The name Holotropic means literally “moving toward wholeness” (from the Greek “holos”=whole and “trepein”=moving in the direction of something).

Dr. Stanislav Grof and Dia Lynn  San Francisco Hyatt  Holotropic Breathwork Jan 14, 2016

The Process

The process itself uses very simple means: it combines accelerated breathing with evocative music in a special set and setting. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing the seeker a particular set of internal experiences. With the inner healing intelligence guiding the process, the quality and content brought forth is unique to each person and for that particular time and place. While recurring themes are common, no two sessions are ever alike.

“Sitters” and “Breathers”

Additional elements of the process include focused energy release work and integration practices such as mandala drawing. Holotropic Breathwork is usually done in groups, although individual sessions are also possible. Within the groups, people work in pairs and alternate in the roles of “breather” and “sitter.” The sitter’s role is simply to be present and available to assist the breather—not to interfere, interrupt, or try to guide the process. The same is true for trained facilitators, who are available as helpers if necessary.

Cartography of the Psyche

One of the most unique and powerful dimensions of HB is its revolutionary expanded cartography of the human psyche described by Stanislav Grof. Experiences occur, and transformation happens, not only in the biographical dimension – our life history from birth up to the present moment. But they also encompass what Grof calls the perinatal and transpersonal dimensions of the psyche.

The perinatal includes the reliving of our birth from conception, in the uterus, through the canal, and into the birth itself. In this dimension, as well as in the birth, it is also possible to undergo the powerful healing episode known throughout world spiritual traditions as psychospiritual birth-death-and-rebirth.

The transpersonal dimension includes the realms of the archetypes described by Carl Jung, as well as many other collective experiences described by world spiritual traditions, and phenomena not previously mapped by any other tradition. In-depth descriptions of the cartography of the psyche, including Grof’s four perinatal matrices, can be read about in many of Stanislav Grof’s books.

A sample mandala created after a session of Holotropic Breathwori depicting the evolution cycles of life


Dia Lynn is certified by Dr. Stanslav Grof and Grof Transpersonal Trainings since 1991. She can provide individual sessions of breathing and focused bodywork, including a mandala drawing and debriefing after the 3-hour experience with emotionally evocative music and rapid breathing.

Expect altered or regressed states that take some time to integrate into normal life. This work is particularly good for resolving any issues around a person’s birth or bonding with mother. It can also be used to explore death/rebirth questions.

  • Allow 4 hours of private time in deep self-exploration.
  • $300.00 by advanced appointment.

Holotropic Breathwork® Resources

Grof Transpersonal Trainings
Dr. Stanislav Grof, M.D., PhD. Founder
holotropic.com”>www.holotropic.com › holotropic-breathwork › about-holotropic-breathwork
(415) 383-8779
Email: gtt@holotropic.com


“The breathwork I have experienced with and through you has shaped my lfe and helped me shine bright!” Keri Bernardi, Supernatural Chef, Carmel, California