Breathwork Ignites Transformation
Rising Fire Breathwork, Portland Oregon

Ecstatic States, Healing Trauma  Working in a trance state created by accelerated breathing frees us from long-held resistance to our expanded, tender selves. We are gracefully invited to explore the places we have kept locked down and hidden for so long.  Rising Fire Healing Breath Workshops provides participants with a process of self-directed breathing for 90 or 60 minutes, depending on the length of the workshop. We train and support breathers in accessing an expanded state of non-ordinary awareness.

Breathwork Sessions  Each participant develops a focus for their session, opening to whatever comes. Sessions begin with a silent meditation, and then proceed with creating sacred space, brief introductory sharing and then into direction and demonstrations of the Breathwork itself. We take turns breathing and holding space for others. Specialized music supports the work – taking us from a deep, restful exploration of our inner terrain to the potential for expansive spirit flight. After the Breathwork, we take time to process a little together and to come to completion.

Releasing Protective Armor  How many of us learned as children to hold our breath and tense our bodies to make it through painful experiences? This way of protecting ourselves from perceived threat has become chronic and habitual, reducing our capacity for fully experiencing life. The armoring we developed as protection ironically sets us up for contracted and reactive relationships in the world. Meanwhile, the body and unconscious mind hold onto these patterns for “dear life!”

The Experience  Breathwork sessions can be emotional, physical and psychological, and breathers often access and release old life events, feelings and memories that have been held in the body. Here, with the support of an open process and safe, sacred space, we can work more easily with the non-rational emotional charges that often stop us from being free of those issues and patterns we can’t seem to finish.

Expert Facilitation and the Work  Rising Fire teachers are experienced facilitators who are sensitive to the needs of the group and the individual. We support the work with skillful shamanic awareness and our love of Truth.  Our workshop participants consistently report extraordinary growth experiences from Breathwork sessions. Rising Fire training is modeled after the Holotropic Breathwork pioneered by Dr. Stanislav Graf as he explored ecstatic states and the treatment of trauma.  It is similar also to the breathwork used in Reichian therapy and other modalities, including Shamanic Breathwork.

Rising Fire occasionally offers single day Breathwork Workshops, be sure to check our calendar for the next workshop!