As more and more people are discovering the benefits of breathwork, there is increasing interest in using breathwork for healing. This has led to people discovering psychedelic breathing and its ability to help overcome negativity and trauma.
If you’re someone who thinks psychedelic breathing could benefit them, this guide will help you learn about it by covering the topics below:
Before we explore some psychedelic breathing techniques, we’ll first give a more thorough explanation of what psychedelic breathwork is.
Also, if you want to learn specifically about using Holotropic Breathwork for healing, check out our ultimate guide to Holotropic Breathwork.
Psychedelic breathing refers to a variety of breathwork techniques used to experience an altered state of consciousness. These techniques are practiced as part of personal growth, as well as therapeutic exercises for those looking to heal from negativity and trauma. They often involve quick breathing for extended periods of time.
You can definitely use psychedelic breathwork techniques for higher consciousness. Psychedelic breathwork is essentially an intense form of mindfulness or meditation. It uses the breath to create a relaxed internal state, which allows you to pull your focus inward, quiet the mind, and ignore the outside world.
Psychedelic breathwork is often compared to psychedelic drugs when it comes to accessing an altered state of consciousness and healing oneself. Here are the pros and cons of both options:
Breathwork consists of a variety of techniques that can be used for healing, but only a few breathing techniques are psychedelic. Here are a few breathing techniques for accessing altered states of consciousness.
Holotropic Breathwork (HB) is a form of psychedelic breathing created by Christina and Stanislav Grof in the 1970s. It’s designed to be a healing experience, allowing participants to explore and empower themselves, as well as work to release trauma. While basic HB sessions can be accessed using breathwork apps or online videos, most sessions are usually performed as larger in-person events. Those unable to attend these events can sign up for online Neurodynamic Breathwork sessions as an alternative.
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Rebirthing Breathwork, also known as Integrative Breathwork or Clarity Breathwork, is a form of consciousness-connected breathing. It was developed by Leonard D. Orr for the purpose of feeling safe as one explores memories and emotions. Participating in this type of breathwork induces a deep state of relaxation and an altered state of consciousness. This allows for the opportunity to confront and heal from past trauma and grief. Experts recommend completing at least 10 sessions with a trained practitioner before attempting to practice independently.
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Vivation is a type of breathwork developed by Jim Leonard in 1979. It allows participants to relieve negativity, stress, and trauma while experiencing pleasure. This technique is based on the belief that “feeling is healing”, and creates a therapeutic experience that is deeply relaxing. Those who complete Vivation often experience feelings of bliss as negative feelings are released.
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Shamanic Breathwork is a type of healing breathwork that allows participants to access an altered state of consciousness through controlled breathing. It’s used to connect with the body and mind while in a blissful state. Sessions can help to release past trauma, gain a sense of self, and explore possible future identities.
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These breathing techniques can all be safely practiced with proper knowledge and/or under the guidance of a trained facilitator. However, those with any physical or mental health conditions should consult their doctor before practicing, and those who are pregnant should avoid practicing at all. Since psychedelic breathing affects body systems governing oxygen and blood, it can cause certain side effects. Here are some potential risks you should know about:
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