What Is The Difference Between Neurodynamic Breathwork and Holotropic Breathwork?

Holotropic Breathwork is a modality that was created by Dr. Stan Grof. A Holotropic Breathwork Workshop is an all-day event where participants pair up and have two separate roles during the day – Sitter and Breather. Also, it must be done in-person with one trained facilitator available for approx. every 8 – 10 participants. As a breather, the participant lays down, with the sitter beside him/her and does a deeper faster breathing for approximately 3 hours. The breathing session should be approx 3 hours, but an absolute minimum of 2 1/2 hours long, for it to be called Holotropic Breathwork. During that time, the sitter holds space for him/her, hands the breather tissues, water, etc etc. The sitter does not interfere in the breather’s process in any way unless specifically asked to do so. After the breathing session, there is mandala drawing as part of the integration process. Then, the two people switch roles and there is another 3 hour breathing session. After both people have breathed, there is a sharing circle and then an integration talk to close the day.

Neurodynamic Breathwork was created by Michael Stone. It has been experienced by over 20,000 people from 110 different countries. It can be done in-person or online and can be done in a group or as a private session. Live facilitated online sessions are currently available 4 – 5 times per week. You can try out a free online session by going to: https://breathworkonline.com and clicking on “Try A Free Session”. Neurodymanic Breathwork Workshop generally takes about 2 – 3 hours if it is done online and about 3 – 4 hours if done in-person. It includes an intro talk, a 60 – 90 minute breathing session with everybody breathing at the same time, a sharing session and an integration talk. Artwork as an integration tool is optional. There are both certified Neurodynamic Breathwork facilitators and assistants available for breathers who request support during their session

Both modalities are based on the fundamental principle that everybody has an “inner intelligence”, that the answers lie within and it is the facilitator’s job to create a safe space for the participant to access their own inner guidance to get the experience that they need in that moment.