Exploring Holotropic Breathwork®, edited by Kylea Taylor, collects 144 field reports from a widespread practice of contemporary, non-drug, altered-state work. Virtually all this information is applicable now to psychedelic-assisted therapy. Holotropic Breathwork® was developed by Dr. Stanislav and Christina Grof. Stan Grof trained Holotropic Breathwork® Facilitators in a time when psychedelics were illegal and because any experience available in psychedelic states was possible also using the Holotropic Breathwork® method. These articles by 85 authors, who were trained in Holotropic Breathwork® by Stanislav Grof, M.D., were first published in the Holotropic Breathwork® newsletter, edited for Holotropic Breathwork® Facilitators by Kylea Taylor between 1991-2002. Originally written to share their professional experiences and emerging theories with their peers, this collection of articles is a rich source of information, not only giving information about the practice of Holotropic Breathwork® and anecdotes describing psychological and physical healing in deep states of consciousness, but also discussing traditional therapy, kundalini, spiritual emergency, multiplicity, ethics, shamanism, addiction and trauma recovery, astrology, and the integration of application of extra-ordinary state of consciousness experiences with many other theoretical and practical systems and with ordinary life in general.
This beautifully bound book includes a previously unpublished, 21-page article by psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, “Physical Manifestations of Emotional Disorders” in which he concludes that faster breathing creates a biochemical situation in the body that facilitates emergence and resolution of old emotional and physical tensions associated with unresolved psychological and physical traumas.
Note: The index and annotated Table of Contents will facilitate using this book as a reference.
(2003) 608 pp. Hardcover. 7.25 x 10.25 x 1.75 inches. This is a beautifully bound, hardcover book with gilt trim.
Kylea Taylor is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC# 34901). She earned a Master of Science degree from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA in Marriage, Child, and Family Counseling. Kylea is now teaching in and consulting for multiple training programs that prepare therapists to do psychedelic-assisted therapy. She has worked as a counselor and manager in the addictions and trauma recovery field since 1970. Kylea has been studying the theory and practice of therapeutic work with clients in non-ordinary states of consciousness with Dr. Stanislav and Christina Grof since 1984, with particular therapeutic interest in the effect of extra-ordinary states on trauma recovery and the phenomena and healing potential of kundalini and other spiritual emergency experiences. After completing the Grofs’ first three-year training program in the United States, she was certified as a Holotropic Breathwork® Practitioner. As a Senior Trainer in the Grof Transpersonal Training throughout the 1990s, she worked with Dr. Stanislav Grof facilitating and supervising 1000s of sessions for participants in extra-ordinary states of consciousness.
Kylea’s books, available on this site, include: The Ethics of Caring, The Breathwork Experience, Exploring Holotropic Breathwork®, and Considering Holotropic Breathwork®. She has written numerous articles and conducted trainings and workshops online, in the USA, and abroad.
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