Breathwork (pranayama)

In Ancient Tantra Kriya Yoga powerful and rare pranayamic techniques are being used, which came long before the therapeutic breathing techniques (for example holotropic breathing). By taking in pranic energy and circulate it we move stale energies (be it thoughts, emotions or more subtle energies) and remove blockages which can be lingering in the body. We also enegize and relax the body and mind, bringing clarity and focus. Read more about the benefits below.

The term “fight or flight” is also known as the stress response. It’s what the body does as it prepares to confront or avoid danger. When appropriately invoked, the stress response helps us rise to many challenges. But trouble starts when this response is constantly provoked by less momentous, day-to-day events, such as money woes, traffic jams, job worries, or relationship problems.

Health problems are one result. A prime example is high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. The stress response also suppresses the immune system, increasing susceptibility to colds and other illnesses. Moreover, the buildup of stress can contribute to anxiety and depression. We can’t avoid all sources of stress in our lives, nor would we want to. But we can develop healthier ways of responding to them. One way is to invoke the relaxation response, through a technique first developed in the 1970s at Harvard Medical School by cardiologist Dr. Herbert Benson. The relaxation response is a state of profound rest that can be elicited in many ways, including meditation, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation. Breath focus is a common feature of several techniques that evoke the relaxation response. 


The key experiential approach I now use to induce non-ordinary states of consciousness and gain access to the unconscious and superconscious psyche is Holotropic Breathwork… This seemingly simple process, combining breathing, evocative music and other forms of sound, body work, and artistic expression, has an extraordinary potential for opening the way for exploring the entire spectrum of the inner world.”

― Stanislav Grof (known for his early studies of LSD and its effects on the psyche)

From: The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives