As we enter the festive season, a transformational breathwork session may well be one of the best self-care investments you can make.
During our younger years while our brains are developing we find it difficult to process trauma, grief, fear and other states that are experienced during our upbringing. The effect is that they often get buried in our bodies or our subconscious.
A few years ago Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a blog post about the impacts of time with our families during holiday periods:
“Even in very loving families, not every individual in that family is happy, healthy, sane, or safe. You may have done enormous personal work on yourself during the course of your life. You may have evolved into a graceful, peaceful, compassionate, well-adjusted, loving human being… and yet you still may find —when you go home for the holidays, or when your relatives come to visit you — that suddenly it is totally impossible even for YOU to remain happy, healthy, or sane.”
This is where breathwork therapy, or rebirthing therapy, can be of enormous value.
Breathwork practices and techniques help us to recalibrate.
As a mindfulness practice, you can do hold the intention of inhaling the future and exhaling the past.
Oprah Winfrey spoke of its power to bring us back to the present moment:
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
This article looks at the rise of conscious breathing.
To understand what holotropic breathwork is, consider the work ‘holotropic.’ It comes from the Greek words holos (whole) & trepein (moving toward). Essentially, it means moving toward wholeness.
Abraham Maslow became renowned for introducing transpersonal psychology to the world. He advocated a psychology and a philosophy that helps people attain greater wholeness and health.
Stanislav Grof co-founded transpersonal psychology. Where Maslow came more from the intellect, Grof took more of an experiential approach.
While exploring breathwork, Grof experienced an altered state of consciousness. Some people experience altered states through meditation or lucid dreaming. Grof entered them from rapid breathing, coining the modality: holotropic breathwork.
More than two centuries ago Jane Austen said:
“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”
Holotropic breathwork attests to this, holding that the bodies wisdom is to be trusted above all else.
As a facilitator of holotropic breathwork in Sydney, my role is to help you focus on your breath and help you engage with that altered state where your body can release what it needs to release.
After a session, I then offer a space where you can talk through your experience, which many people finds helps to complete the healing process.
Holotropic Breathwork Sydney
If you're looking for Breathwork in Sydney/ Holotropic breathwork in Sydney here is some information about my service as well as breathwork benefits:
The wisest one-word sentence? Breathe. – Terri Guillemets
Breath Workshop / Breathing Classes Sydney
If you’d like to take part in a group breath workshop / breathwork meditation, I regular run events in Sydney and at my wellness centre in the Blue Mountains.
Blue Mountains Retreats
As a breath coach, I also incorporate breathwork in some of the retreat programs I offer if you’re looking for some more holistic, intensive self-development.
Transformational Breath Session
How to Find your Passion
Wanting to find greater alignment and passion for your work? Read an extract from The Different Drummer to see if this ebook resonates with you.