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THB Volume 3, No. 3 , 2001

Volume 3, No. 3 , 2001

The Holotropic Breathwork Number: Celebrating Stanislav Grof's Seventieth Year

Contents and Abstracts

Poem

‘I breathe for America , a tribute to those suffering after September 11th 2001' by Joy Manné
Articles

STAN by Kylea Taylor

To the Jury of the International Sigmund Freud Award from Stanislav Grof

The Practice of Sitting in Holotropic Breathwork by Kylea Taylor

Holotropic Breathwork uses the dyad as a way to make breathwork experiences as safe and therapeutic as possible. Most people think of the breathwork experience as that experienced by the breather, but a sitter often has many healing experiences in that role as well. The dyad takes turns breathing and sitting for each other and there is therapeutic benefit in that role reversal, as well as for each sitter who reflects and responds in silence in the milieu of intense external action and relationship.

Stimulation or support: On the Use of Music in Holotropic Breathwork by Wilfried Ehrmann

Using music as stimulating influence is a central part in Holotropic Breathwork. This article discusses advantages and disadvantages of using intense and emotional loaded music during the breathing process. It values the merits of the healing power of music in catharsis and in other aspects of the therapeutic process and criticises manipulation that can occur through the influence of music on the emotional parts of the brain .

SoulCollage™: An Art Process to Use with Breathwork by Kylea Taylor

Kylea Taylor, who is the publisher of the book, SoulCollage, and a trainer for the Grof Transpersonal Training, describes the experience of using SoulCollage as a method for expressing through art the non-ordinary experiences of breathwork. Several quotes from breathwork facilitators-in-training show how participants have experienced the combination of SoulCollage art and Holotropic Breathwork.

Holotropic Breathwork™: Dispelling The Myths: A Dialogue Between Kylea Taylor and Joy Manné with Carrie Callahan and Jim Schofield.

Kylea Taylor, a Holotropic Breathwork™ (HB) teacher and trainer, and Joy Manné, teacher of Conscious Breathing techniques (including Rebirthing Breathwork) discuss issues around HB Carrie Callahan, a body worker, and Jim Schofield, also a HB group leader join in. Topics discussed include preparation for a HB workshop, rules for facilitators and breathers, the role of music in HB, emotions, body work and sharing after a session.

Some Critical Issues in Stan & Christina Grof's Holotropic Breathwork: A discussion between Wilfried Ehrmann, Ph.D. & Stan Grof M.D., Ph.D

In this stimulating discussion, Wilfried Ehrmann challenges, and Stan Grof responds, with regard to the following issues in HB: integration; the induction of “spectacular experiences;” whether there are disadvantages through HB being limited to a group setting; whether HB uses the possibilities of the therapeutic relationship; refraining from interpretation; whether HB has an uncritical attitude towards the concept of the “Inner Healer;” whether the format within HB is relatively inflexible while its individual elements have been used flexibly in other contexts; and whether the breath has an insignificant role in HB.

Book & Cassette Reviews

Shakti Gawain (2000), Developing Intuition: Practical Guidance for Daily Life. New World Library: Novato , California .

The International Breathwork Foundation's collection of lectures, The Spirit of Breath­work. Gunnel Minett (ed)

Tania Clifton Smith, Breathe to Succeed: In ALL aspects of your life. New Zealand : Penguin Books, 1999.

Seena B. Frost, SoulCollage™: An Intuitive Collage Process for Individuals and Groups. Santa Cruz , CA ; Hanford Mead Publishers, 2001. www.soulcollage.com

Denis Lewis, Boundless Breathing: Meditative Practices for Health and Self-Trans­for­mation.

Sheng Keng Yun, Walking Kung: Breathing for Health. Maine : Samuel Weiser Inc.1997

Ken Cohen's guide to Healthy Breathing, a cassette, published by Sounds True, PO Box 8010, Boulder, CO 80306-8010. ISBN 1-56455-469-4

 

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