What Is The Difference Between Neurodynamic Breathwork and Holotropic Breathwork?

Holotropic Breathwork

Holotropic Breathwork (HB) 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. The cost of the event is generally about $175.00 – $250.00. 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. The sharing circle is designed whereby participants share their experiences and the facilitator and other breathers just listen and hold space. There are no comments or feedback on the shares.

Neurodynamic Breathwork (NDB)

NDB was created by Michael Stone (who started out as being a Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator) for the purpose of allowing anybody, anywhere around the world to experience the benefits of regular breathwork sessions in a convenient, low cost format. The cost of an online session is $25.00. He has a science background and this is the first time ever that a facilitated, live breathwork modality has been available in a structure where participants can breathe multiple times per week if they choose to. It is a proven principle in neuroscience that “the neurons that fire together, wire together.” Breathers are reporting, after participating on a regular basis for a period of time, that they are getting much better access to their “inner intelligence” on an everyday basis as their neural pathways strengthen from regular use–they are resolving issues more quickly, self-controlling their emotional states more efficiently and have better access to their creative impulse. “Inner Intelligence” or “higher self” or “future self” is that part of their psyche that is connected to the universal unconscious which already has all the answers.

NDB has been experienced by over 25,000 people from 120 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. The purpose of the sharing circle (whether in-person or online) is not just for participants to self-express as in HB, it is to allow the facilitator to actively support the breather in bringing the benefits of their experience into their lives and support them in interpreting it.  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.