Question from Stan Grof, pioneer in breathwork field and creator of Holotropic Breathing: “I wonder if you can say something about two aspects of the effect of the holotropic state on consciousness that are important from a therapeutic perspective…”
Dr. Dan Siegel on how Holotropic Breathing works from a neuroscientist’s perspective, in terms of brain anatomy and physiology.
How does Holotropic Breathing work? How is it that–regardless of the individuals’ background, age, race, culture, nationality, etc. the ‘holotropic state’ so consistently:
A) Provides conscious access to memories and other mental contents that are normally inaccessible to the conscious mind, and
B) Functions as a kind of radar in that it consistently seems to ‘select’ and activate material from the unconscious with extreme emotional charge– memories from traumatic events which have never been resolved?
Transformation, in my experience, sometimes requires navigating through some nasty territory: “Joe, watch out for the alligators!” my friend Rich counseled me one day during my divorce. I’ve come to realize that the real value of meditation, breathwork, etc., is the way it builds resilience, the way it strengthens the ‘inner gyroscope.’ Resilience is only going to become more important as life speeds up and as we gain more and more power by way of technology. Resilience and transformative learning are what I strive to teach.
She who is never not broken. Akhilandeshvari is a Goddess whose power is in the heartbreak, the soulbreak, and all the breaks life deals us. Now that I know of her, I am grateful to have Akhilandeshvari’s energy to work with when I feel shattered and broken. She reminds me to see these times as opportunities to grow and remake myself. -Paola Suarez
Akhilandeshwari reminds us that in transitions, when we are metamorphosing and are no longer the caterpillar and not yet the butterfly, there is a wonderful opportunity to choose how we want to put ourselves back together. How will we recreate ourselves? How will we transform our old hurts, current pains, and future goals? How will we ever grow and change if we already had this all figured out? We are constantly breaking down to build back up an authentic self.
WHY: If you want to master stress rather than escape it, this class is for you. From world leaders to homemakers, from cyber-citizens to those living off the grid, resilience training can make the difference between mere survival and thriving, between being stressed out by the daily tempest and surfing the tempest like a master. If you want to create a stronger inner gyroscope–with less wobble, this class is definitely for you.
WHAT: A short yoga practice to prepare the body for breathwork and meditation. Breath and meditation techniques for building mental and emotional resilience. This is not a traditional pranayama class; we will combine ancient techniques with cutting-edge research from the military and law enforcement.