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‘Breath’

This Popular Practice Is Known To Induce A Psychedelic State Without The Use Of Psychedelics

Humans have a unique appetite for experiencing altered states of consciousness, and this inclination is evident in many facets of social culture today, such as our attraction to alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, psychedelics, and more. But is it possible to access these altered states without the help of a substance? Do we all possess the inner mechanisms to heal our latent traumas? Dr. Stanislav Grof, a 83-year old Czech-born psychiatrist fascinated by the healing capabilities of non-ordinary states, has just the answer to these questions. Stanislav teaches a powerful technique called holotropic breathwork, a practice he’s been developing and teaching to clients since the mid-70s. What makes holotropic breathwork particularly fascinating is its remarkable ability to induce psychedelic states. The process itself is quite simple: it combines accelerated breathing with evocative music in a special setting. While laying… Read More

Think you know how to breathe?

Try this simple test: Sit or stand wherever you are and take a deep breath. Then let it out. What expanded more as you inhaled, your chest or your belly? If the answer is your chest, you’re a “chest breather,” and like most people you’re doing it all wrong. You may also be putting your health in jeopardy. The technique is so powerful that physician James Gordon teaches it to nearly every patient he sees, from people with advanced cancer to those crippled by arthritis to schoolchildren struggling with attention deficit disorder. He’s taught it to refugees in war-torn Kosovo, to anxiety-plagued medical students at Georgetown University and to hundreds of health professionals who have attended his workshops on mind-body-spirit medicine. “Slow, deep breathing is probably the single best anti-stress medicine we have,” says Gordon, a clinical professor… Read More