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.
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. The body and unconscious mind hold onto these patterns for the perceived protection it gives us.
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. With the support of an open process and compassionate container for vulnerability, 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.
Rising Fire Breathwork Our Workshops are 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.
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.
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. After the Breathwork, we take time to process a little together and to come to completion.